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Blues legend Buddy Guy returns to Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Sept. 30

Blues legend Buddy Guy returns to Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Sept. 30
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From a press release:

The F.M. Kirby Center and SLP Concerts are proud to announce that blues legend Buddy Guy will return to the Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m.

Tickets, which are $45, $55, $65, and $99, plus fees, go on sale this Thursday, June 23 at 10 a.m. and will be available at the Kirby Center box office (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre), online at kirbycenter.org, and by phone at 570-826-1100. A special Kirby Member pre-sale starting tomorrow, Wednesday, June 22 at 10 a.m. Members buy first, so join today at 570-823-4599, ext. 225.

At age 79, Buddy Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee; a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan; a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound; and a living link to the city’s halcyon days of electric blues. Guy has received seven Grammy Awards, a 2015 Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, 34 Blues Music Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard Magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him No. 23 in its “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list.

Guy released his latest studio album, “Born to Play Guitar,” on July 31, 2015 via Silvertone/RCA Records, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Blues Albums chart. The follow-up to his 2013 first-ever double disc release, “Rhythm & Blues,” which also debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Blues Albums chart, “Born to Play Guitar” is produced by Grammy Award-winning producer/songwriter and Guy’s longtime collaborator Tom Hambridge. The new release features guest appearances by Van Morrison, Joss Stone, Kim Wilson, and Billy Gibbons.

“I worry a lot about the legacy of Muddy, Wolf, and all the guys who created this stuff,” Guy says. “I want people to remember them. It’s like the Ford car—Henry Ford invented the Ford car, and regardless how much technology they got on them now, you still have that little sign that says ‘Ford’ on the front.

“One of the last things Muddy Waters told me – when I found out how ill he was, I gave him a call and said, ‘I’m on my way to your house.’ And he said, ‘Don’t come out here; I’m doing all right. Just keep the damn blues alive.’ They all told me that if they left here before I did, then everything was going to be on my shoulders. So as long as I’m here, I’m going to do whatever I can to keep it alive.”