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Inside BB King's $1.4 Million High-Tech Tour Bus

By Jason Knott
Legendary guitarist doesn't get the blues inside his tour bus, which is complete with audio/video servers, touchpanels, security, lighting and shade control, surround sound, distributed A/V, iPod docks and more.


For legendary blues guitarist BB King, the thrill isn't gone when it comes to touring. The 83-year-old "King of the Blues" is still on the road with his famous Gibson guitar Lucille performing 100 concerts per year.


And King gets from gig to gig on more than just a simple set of wheels.


King rides in a $1.4 million, 45-foot luxury motorcoach that has more than $200,000 worth of electronics inside, making it a center of inspiration for laying down tracks, reviewing audio and video, keeping up to date on news and communicating with his fans and crew. But, most importantly, he's entertained by a first-class A/V setup.


The tour bus has seven miles of of cabling from Liberty Cable, five miles of Cat5 wiring and 3,000 feet of CresNET.


King has a music and video server system that allows him to access a collection of more than 20,000 CDs, 6,000 DVDs and "more VHS tapes than I have ever seen," according to Daniel Henderson of Digital Home Lifestyles.

We take you Inside BB King's $1.4 Million High-Tech Tour Bus.



Equipment Rack in Lounge

King has more than $200,000 worth of electronics in his tour bus. The source components include:
  • * 4 DirecTV HR21-PRO DVRs (1 dedicated to the rear lounge, 3 for distributing audio and video)
  • * 4 Kaleidescape 1080p players (1 dedicated to the rear lounge, 3 for distributed A/V)
  • * 1 Kaleidescape 3U server
  • * 1 Crestron iPod dock that is distributed throughout the coach
  • * 4 individual iPod docks for each bunk
  • * 1 Crestron XM tuner (distributed to all zones with feedback on all the touchpanels
  • * 1 AM/FM radio (distributed with feedback on all the touchpanels)
  • * 2 Integra Blu-ray DVD players (1 dedicated to the rear lounge and 1 dedicated to the front lounge)
  • * 1 PS3 and 1 Xbox 360 in the front lounge
  • * 1 Sony Professional DAT Player (dedicated to the rear lounge)
  • * 1 Aiphone back-up camera (for driver's touchpanel)
  • * 1 Aiphone PTZ front door security camera (distributed to all TVs and touchpanels)

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