Tribute to Bo Diddley (2009)
With B.B. King, John Mayer, Buddy Guy and Keith Urban
Young bucks and old hands banded together during the 51st Grammy Awards to pay their respects to rock's rhythm architect Bo Diddley, who had died the previous June. Eighty-three-year-old King tore off searing licks on his trusty six-string Lucille before handing it over to John Mayer, whose deliciously nasty solo made up for his velvety voice. Buddy Guy and Keith Urban rounded out the quartet of guitarists, who riffed for a too-short two minutes.
After the set, Urban recalled that he had once opened for Diddley early on in his career. "After his show, we were packing up backstage, and in walks Bo and he says, 'Hey, boy, was that you just pickin' on that there guitar?' I said, 'Yeah.' He said, 'Mmm, you're a good guitar player, boy,' and then he just nodded and walked away … So it was a full circle moment for me."