In the 1988 U2 concert film Rattle and Hum, the Irish rockers relish a special moment with a real legend when they share the stage with B.B. King, for whom they’d written “When Loves Comes to Town.” Bono gets a chance to revisit that famous collaboration in the new documentary The Life of Riley, which traces the life and music of the blues icon from his birth “in a sharecropper’s cabin over the cotton fields of the Missippi Delta” through his eventual stardom. Today we’re premiering an exclusive clip from the doc, which includes incredible footage of U2 and King together.
After the band and King whip through rehearsals of “When Love Comes to Town,” the quick and lively King graciously tells Bono that he’s “mighty young to write such heavy lyrics.” In fresh interview footage, Bono recalls the band trying to show King the song’s changes, to which the guitarist replied, “Gentlemen, I don’t do chords.”
“It was a lesson, in that he is as Keith Richards describes: a specialist,” Bono says.
Life of Riley also features interviews from Eric Clapton, Santana, Mick Jagger, Derek Trucks, Dr. John and Susan Tedeschi, as well as a few quotes from the President Barack Obama.
The movie enters theaters on Wednesday, goes on demand on June 1st and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 17th. The career-spanning soundtrack, meanwhile, will be released tomorrow. For more information on either, visit B.B. King’s official website.