He'll continue to play in the US...
Jeff Ando

17:32 22nd January 2006

The Blues legend BB King has stated that he will embark on his last international tour on 16 February, though he has said that he will still make US concert appearances.

King, who is now 80, will start his aptly named 'Farewell Tour' in Chicago, according to the BBC. It will also include a five-date tour in the UK starting at the end of March.

He has been performing since 1948, having had two US number ones and many other hits.

"I hardly remember I'm 80 unless I have to run up a hill or stairs," King is quoted as saying. "As long as people buy my records and come to my concerts, I don't see anything else I'd like to do."

King's publicist said he had toured every year for 60 years.

"I think the clock is ticking, yes," he said.

During the 1950s King was averaging 275 concerts a year, in 1956 notching up 342 gigs.

On an album to celebrate his 80th birthday he was joined by Eric Clapton and Sir Elton John on duets.

A $10 million (£5.6 million) museum is set to open later this year in the Grammy winner's native Mississippi.

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