ZZ Top – That Little Old Band From Texas

Produced by Emmy award-winning Banger Films, ZZ TOP: THAT LITTLE OL’ BAND FROM TEXAS , a story of how three teenage bluesmen Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard became the biggest, most beloved band on the planet. ZZ Top maintains a surrealist mystique that continues to intrigue fans and entice onlookers 50 years on.  

The film in addition has an intimate performance at legendary Gruene Hall shot exclusively for this documentary. “That Little Ol’ Band” above all runs the gamut, from squalid Texas bars to MTV heroics. This documentary in conclusion is the extraordinary tale of a band whose image we know and story we don’t.

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Billy F. Gibbons – The Big Bad Blues

Billy F. Gibbons that bad hombre of Z.Z. Top fame is enamored with the blues. He is releasing a solo album, The Big Bad Blues on September 21, 2018.

The Big Bad Blues

Gibbons said in a statement about the new recording,  “The shift back to the blues is a natural. It’s something which our followers can enjoy with the satisfaction of experiencing the roots tradition and, at the same time, feeling the richness of stretching the art form.”

Fried Chicken Man.

 

ZZ TOP LIVE – GREATEST HITS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

I’m especially lovin the two tracks with Jeff Beck in London. Go get it and ROCK!

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1. Got Me Under Pressure – New York

2. Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers – Las Vegas

3. Cheap Sunglasses – Paris

4. Waitin’ For The Bus – Chicago

5. Jesus Just Left Chicago – Chicago

6. Legs – São Paolo

7. Sharp Dressed Man – Los Angeles

8. Rough Boy (with Jeff Beck) – London

9. Pincushion – Berlin

10. La Grange – Dallas

11. I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide – Vancouver

12. Tube Snake Boogie – Rome

13. Gimme All Your Lovin’ – Houston

14. Tush – Nashville

15. Sixteen Tons (with Jeff Beck) – London

Gov’t. Mule – “Just Got Paid”

Ticketed to see Gov’t. Mule, October 28th, College Music Hall in New Haven, CT.

Next month, Gov’t Mule will be hitting the road with ZZ Top. In honor of this bringing together of two of the finest guitar-based blues-rock bands around, Gov’t Mule have made an animated video for their cover of ZZ Top’s “Just Got Paid.”


The song appears on their recently released The Tel-Star Sessions album, which brings together the first recordings the band made back in 1994 at Tel-Star Studios in Bradenton, Fla. It was intended to be a self-released album, when the group was a side project for guitarist Warren Haynes and bassist Allen Woody to do when the Allman Brothers Band were taking a break. But word of the band grew, which led to them getting signed to a label, who gave them a bigger budget for their 1995 self-titled debut.

Gov’t Mule’s tour with ZZ Top begins at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, N.Y. on Sept. 9. They will play eight dates in total before winding it up at the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City on Sept. 20.

“I’ve played with Billy [Gibbons] and Dusty [Hill] a few times,” Haynes told Ultimate Classic Rock. “We’re looking forward to this tour that we’re going to do together. I think it’s kind of a nice full-circle thing. I’m glad to see them still doing it all these years later and keeping what they do alive as part of the overall picture. ZZ Top has reinvented themselves a few times, and very few bands have that opportunity. But everything they do still has the blues as the core of it.”

After finishing the dates with ZZ Top, Gov’t Mule will immediately begin a headlining tour of their own, starting at the Tabernacle in Atlanta on Sept. 23. You can see their complete calendar at Gov’t Mule’s website.

ZZ Top on Howard Stern “Live” In The Studio Tomorrow Morning

How cool is this?!!!! ZZ Top will be performing live on The Howard Stern Show tomorrow morning May 14, 2013.

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My brother in-law and I just saw them in concert sitting 4th row center on Wednesday May 8th at the Oakdale. See the Related Articles section below for the link to the concert review I posted last week. I love the special effects staging they had for us that night….

You’re going to love what you hear from Howard 100 tomorrow trust the music of our heart 😉

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They are one of Howard’s favorite bands.  Here are some pictures from the Top’s rehearsal taken by Scott “The Engineer” Salem at SiriusXm Studio 69 in New York City.

ZZ Top rehersal

1) Dusty Hill

Dusty Hill

2) Billy Gibbons

Billy Gibbons

3) Frank Beard

Frank Beard

ZZ Top is in the Metro New York area for two performances on their latest tour

  1. MAY 14, 2013

    BERGEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, ENGLEWOOD, NJ

  2. MAY 15, 2013

    THEATER AT WESTBURY Westbury, Long Island

Review: ZZ Top at the Oakdale

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JD and the Straight Shot

May 8, 2013

Toyota at the Oakdale Theatre

Wallingford, Ct.

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I can confirm that this venerable power trio is way more than a “lil ole band from Texas”. They came out, hit their marks on the stage and cranked out their classic blues rock for 90 minutes non-stop. The sound they produce together will grip ya. You feed off their energy song after song. I am always amazed the hurricane gale strength three musicians amplified delivers at the combined center of their respective sound.

What I love about ZZ Top is that they are all meat and no-filler. They had a unique stage setup that takes effective use of wireless networking especially those long cylindrical mike stands. This picture I took with my iPhone captures what I visually experienced. They  had some very cool and captivating graphic effects.

ZZ Top is symbolically associated with sex, cars and rock and roll. They produce great driving music. Gimme All Your Lovin always revs my engines 🙂

The opening (warmup) act was JD and the Straight Shot. The band is led by Jim Dolan on lead vocals and guitar. They did a 30 minute set. The song I liked the most by this ensemble was the psychedelic cover of It’s A Beautiful Day’s White Bird. 

JD & The Straight Shot

ZZ Top Set List

  1. Precious and Grace 
  2. Heartache in Blue 
  3. Waitin’ for the Bus 
  4. Jesus Just Left Chicago 
  5. Flyin’ High 
  6. Pincushion 
  7. Heard it on the X 
  8. I Gotsta Get Paid 
  9. A Fool for Your Stockings 
  10. My Head’s in Mississippi 
  11. Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings 
  12. Certified Blues 
  13. Chartreuse 
  14. Sharp Dressed Man 
  15. Legs   

And yes they still have those white fuzzy guitars from the Legs video 😉 

Encore

  1. Tube Snake Boogie 
  2. Viva Las Vegas 
  3. La Grange / Sloppy Drunk / Bar-B-Q 
  4. Tush

 

ZZ Top Oakdale Concert Review – Stay Tuned

I had every intention of writing then posting a concert review about ZZ Top‘s concert that took place at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, Ct. last night. However,  the best laid schemes of mice and men / Often go awry – Robert Burns, 1785.

So my revised goal is write that up tomorrow and post it by early evening. Will do my best to make that happen.

In the meantime here is a video of the standout song I heard performed last night by the “Same three guys, same three chords”

 

The Concert Slut Scores Twice in One Morning!

The concert portfolio for 2013 begins to materialize as ticket sales for artist tours gets seriously underway. There are two hot May Rock concerts happening the same week in Connecticut. Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band on Saturday May 4th at Mohegan Sun Casino Arena and ZZ Top at Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford on Wednesday May 8th.

My close friends know how much of a concert slut I am 😉 I have attended on average the past 11 years 20+ concerts a year. I am getting close to the 400 concerts milestone with 44 years of live performances attended. I added these two concerts to that illustrious list of live shows.

1) ZZ Top – La Futura Tour

Its hard to believe that after 40 years we have never seen ZZ Top Live in concert. I knew I had to fix that. That Lil Ol Band From Texas that I first heard and played on college FM radio has a special place in the music of our heart. In 1973 even though we were a college radio station we had a playlist we had to choose and play music from every time we were on the air. I never argued about playing ZZ Top’s Tres Hombres from that list.

Be it “Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers” or “La Grange” or “Jesus Just Left Chicago” those songs just snap, crackled and popped. I love a power trio group. First there was the super group Cream, followed by the American band Grand Funk Railroad, then ZZ Top. Three musicians creating a crescendo of sound.

They have released 15 studio albums, 8 compilation albums, and 42 singles.  ZZ Top has sold over 25 million albums in the US with additional sales internationally. I thought they had sold more product than that but 25 million is very respectable.

I will have to buy some earplugs because we are dead center in the eight row, psyche!

2) Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

I am a stone cold Seger fan. I have loved the Bob Seger sound ever since Ramblin Gamblin in 1968.

We have seen Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band several times in concert in 17 years. He is tops in our books. The last Connecticut concert date was our first Bob Seger concert, the Hartford Civic Center in 1996. We next saw Bob Seger in 2007 at Madison Square Garden. The last time we caught Bob Seger and company was in Atlantic City, NJ in April of 2011. The Mohegan Sun Show in May will be our 4th Seger concert, that’s how much we love him and his music.

What can you say about one of the best singer/songwriters of our generation. He is Motor City Rock and Roll and so much more.

Now about that new studio album Bob? I’m sure we’ll love it when its time for you to release it.

ZZ Top – La Futura

I’m getting that buzz that tells me there is real excitement a brew for ZZ Top rock music fans everywhere.

ZZ Top, that little ‘ol band from Texas, is releasing their next album, La Futura, on September 11, 2012. This will be their first new studio recording in nine years. The secret sauce of La Futura is the collaboration synergy with Rick Rubin and Billy Gibbons producing. Rick Rubin has such a midas touch in the studio.

I first heard ZZ Top as a college FM disk jockey at WNHU-FM 88.7 in West Haven, Ct. I was minoring in music at the University of New Haven in 1973. The radio station had a playlist and ZZ Top Tres Hombres was on heavy rotation that summer. “La Grange” was the track I played to death on my afternoon show as well as the song “Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers“.

I sense that same level of enthusiasm escalating for La Futura. I listened to Texicali the prelude EP to La Futura today. I love the alliance between Rick Rubin and ZZ Top. I was hoping Rick Rubin would help ZZ Top unearth some extra sonic techniques. Rick Rubin has an incredible ear for musical risk and innovation. My ears were rewarded by some great stuff on that EP. Rick Rubin gets musicians to think outside the box, to further reinvent themselves.  The guitar technique on  “I Gotsta Get Paid,”  with that flipped completely around tremolo effect rocks you intently.

A lot of producers would have the drummer come in on Monday, then they’d call the bass player in on Tuesday, the guitar player would show up on Wednesday and maybe the singer on Thursday,” says ZZ Top guitar king Billy Gibbons. “When we got together with Rick Rubin, he said, ‘My idea of ZZ Top is three guys playing together at the same time with the red light turned on.’ That sounded just right to us.”