B.B. King launches final tour


HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Blues legend B.B. King launched what he says is likely his final tour Tuesday night, but he did so without ailing tourmate Etta James, who along with Al Green are signed to headline King's "Blues Festival 2007" tour.

Meeting with reporters at the Hard Rock Live earlier Tuesday, King, 81, said James "was doing better, so maybe she will be able to join us at some point." Chaka Khan fills in until then.

The tour runs through September and will also visit Madison Square Garden in new York and the Hollywood Bowl.