ZZ Top Live Recording To Get Vinyl Re-Issue

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Eagle Rock Entertainment will re-issue ZZ Top’s live recording Live in Texas this month.

Originally released in 2010 the recording is scheduled for re-issue on Sept. 25 on a 2LP set.  While the recording was originally released in 2010 on DVD/BD/CD, the performance featured in the recording was originally recorded in 2007.  It finds the band performing a variety of hit songs from its 10X Platinum 1983 album Eradicator.

As an added bonus, the new 2LP presentation of Live in Texas will also feature a performance of ‘Heard It On The X.’  The song was also featured as a bonus track on the original release’s CD platform.  Audiences can view the band’s performance of the song here.

The 2LP’s track listing is noted below.  Pre-orders for the re-issue are open.

Track Listing:

Side A:
A1: Got Me Under Pressure
A2: Waitin’ For The Bus
A3: Jesus Just Left Chicago
A4: I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide
A5: Cheap Sunglasses

Side B:
B1: Pearl Necklace
B2: Heard It On The X
B3: Just Got Paid
B4: Rough Boy

Side C:
C1: Blues Intro
C2: Blue Jean Blues
C3: Gimme All Your Lovin’
C4: Sharp Dressed Man

Side D:
D1: Legs
D2: Tube Snake Boogie
D3: La Grange
D4: Tush

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Fore Announces New Album Release Date, Specs; Debuts New LP’s Fifth Single

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Punk rock super group Fore announced more details about its forthcoming album this week.

The band revealed the title, cover art, release date and track listing for its new album Tuesday.  The band — Christian “Speesy” Giesler (ex-Kreator), Jermaine Kling (Venom Prison, Masscare, The Absence), Taylor Nordberg (Masscare, The Absence) and Brian Stephenson (Old James, Skull Fist) — announced its debut album will be titled Hombres and its release date is scheduled for Aug. 7.

The album’s cover art features the band’s members against Mount Rushmore a la Deep Purple’s cover art for its landmark 1970 album Deep Purple in Rock.  the album’s title could be argued to be a tribute of sorts to ZZ Top.

Nordberg talked about the album’s forthcoming release in a recent interview.

“I’m beyond excited to release this album, said Nordberg.  “It has been a blast creating it with such talented and easy-to-work-with musicians, and it’s a great feeling to do it all in-house, without any help from any management or label. You may be wondering about the album cover. Well we always wanted to collaborate with our buds in ZZ Top and Deep Purple but our schedules never lined up so we figured this was the next best thing.”

In anticipation of the album’s upcoming release, Fore has debuted another new single from the 11-song record in the form of ‘Diagnosis.’  The song, which is the album’s opener, is the album’s fifth single.  Previously, the band released the singles ‘Pet,’ ‘Song For A Friend,’ ‘What’s Right For You’ and ‘Today We Rise (No Tomorrow)’ through its official Bandcamp page.

The album’s track listing is noted below.

 

“Hombres” track listing:

Diagnosis

What’s Right For You

Churchill Quote

It’s Not You, It’s Me

Song For A Friend

Movement

World Won’t Wait

Find A Way

All Comes Crashing

Knocked Down

Today We Rise (No Tomorrow)

 

Nordberg and Kling are mixing and mastering Fore’s debut album at their own Smoke & Mirrors Productions in Spring Hill, Fla.

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BPMD’s ‘American Made’ Covers Collection Is Entertaining, But Hardly Memorable

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Covers collections are among the most peculiar releases that musical acts of any genre can release during their careers.  Unlike singles compilations, which in their own way, actually serve a purpose – that purpose being that they could lead new audiences to pick up an act’s albums in whole – covers compilations serve little if any purpose.  They are just collections of songs that acts put together to “pay tribute” to other acts and make money in the process.  They are really just space fillers that acts use in order to satisfy contractual obligations for album release numbers.  Keeping that in mind, one can’t help but wonder why respected and talented musicians, such as Bobby Blitz (Overkill), Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs, Transatlantic, Sons of Apollo, Liquid Tension Experiment, etc.), Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head, Vio-lence) and Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance) would come together just to create a compilation of cover songs for what is right now its first and only release.  The 10-song compilation, titled American Made, is scheduled for release Friday through Napalm Records.  It does delve into music from some notable bands who have come before this hard rock supergroup dubbed BPMD.  That dichotomy of the bands whose music is covered versus the band performing said songs does make for at least some interest at best.  This item will be addressed a little later.  The specific arrangements of said songs is certain to be its own discussion point.  They will be discussed later, too.  Each item noted here is important in its own right to the whole of this compilation.  All things considered, American Made proves itself to be a record that while worth hearing at least once, is sadly anything but memorable.

Hard rock super group BPMD’s debut recording American Made is a recording that is worth hearing at least once, but sadly not much more than that.  One of the record’s only saving graces is the contrast of the bands whose works are covered to the band performing said covers.  The bands whose works are covered throughout this roughly 37-minute collection include, but are not limited to Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, and Grand Funk Railroad.  Even Mountain gets its own recognition here.  Simply put, the bands whose works are covered here are in a realm that is completely opposite of the bands from which BPMD’s members have come.  Blitz is front man of the veteran thrash metal outfit Overkill.  Portnoy spent the majority of his professional career keeping time for the famed prog-metal outfit Dream Theater.  Even the other projects in which he has taken part have been in genres directly opposite of that of the covered bands.  Much the same can be said of Demmel and Menghi.  Considering the contrast of the resumes of BPMD’s members and the bands that they cover here, that in itself is worth at least engagement for audiences.  It shows that the band was willing to go out on a limb and do something different than what they normally do in their dayjobs.  One could also argue that maybe it is a display of the acts that influenced the band’s members.  If that’s that case, then the group has definitely gone far from those influences over the years, again making for its own share of discussion for listeners.  To that end, that contrast of the band’s collective background and the bands that this group covered does at best a little bit for the collection.  Directly tied to those discussions is the discussion on the collection’s one unavoidable negative, the very fact that it is a covers collection.

It has already been noted here that the members of BPMD have decidedly outstanding resumes.  So to that end, it is just baffling that considering the band members’ pedigrees, the group’s first impression of sorts would be a collection of songs that have been covered time and again by so many other acts.  These men are elite figures within the hard rock and metal communities.  It made audiences hope for something original right out of the gate so to speak.  Instead, the group opted to essentially phone it in and put out a covers compilation.  Had the group gone that route of releasing a debut loaded with original content first and then this record later, it would have made the compilation easier to accept. What’s more, unlike the case of Fozzy, which also started off with a collection of covers so long ago, it has to be assumed that BPMD is just a one-off project for its members.  At least in the case of a band, such as Fozzy, it was known that said band’s debut was just the beginning for that act.  This knowledge detracts from the draw of American Made.  It essentially makes the compilation come across as little more than a cash grab for the band and nothing more.  Keeping that in mind, this unavoidable aspect of American Made makes it difficult to call this record memorable.  While this aspect cannot be ignored, it does not make the album a complete failure for the group.  BPMD’s take on the record’s songs makes for its own share of engagement.

One of the most interesting updates that the band features in American Made is that of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Saturday Night Special.’  BPMD’s update does largely stay true to its source material by and large.  The amped up re-imagining also gives the song a new identity and feel, needless to say.  It gives the song more of a 1980s hair metal type of sense.  Whether fans love or hate this one will be left to them, but it is definitely an interesting take, needless to say.  BPMD’s update of Aerosmith’s ‘Toys in the Attic’ is another key addition to the collection.  As with the band’s cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Saturday Night Special,’ this cover also stays largely true to its source material.  It just once again gives the cover an amped up remake.  The song even goes so far as to include Joe Perry’s guitar solo from the original work.  It’s just weird hearing Bobby Blitz’s gritty vocals and the full-on hard rock re-imagining here.  That aside, this update actually works almost as well as the original.  BPMD’s cover of Grand Funk Railroad’s ‘American Band’ is another important addition to this compilation.  The band’s take once more does strive to stay true to its source material, and it is certain in its own right to create a lot of discussion among listeners.  That’s because while it does stay true to the source material, it seems to have trouble balancing its attempt to echo the song’s classic rock sound and the band members’ own hard rock and metal leanings.  It is definitely going to have listeners talking.  That is not to say that the song is a total loss or that any of the compilation’s works are losses.  The songs will certainly leave listeners talking, though.  Between the discussions insured through the musical updates and the very lineup of featured bands, which could actually lead some listeners to embark on musical journeys into catalogs of bands to which they otherwise might not have listened, the compilation proves itself worth hearing at least once.  To that end, the compilation is not a total failure.  However, one cannot ignore the fact that considering the resume of each of BPMD’s members, this just seems like little more than a cash grab.  To that end American Made makes itself worth hearing at least once, but anything but an American classic itself

BPMD’s covers collection American Made is a headscratcher of a record.  The first release from the hard rock super group, it will potentially lead some listeners to take their own journeys into the catalogs of the record’s featured bands.  The songs that are covered here play even more into that potential musical journey of discovery, as the covers will definitely lead to lots of discussion among audiences.  For all of the positives that the record’s featured bands and songs generate, one still cannot ignore the very issue that the band’s members are among the music industry’s elite figures.  To that end, coming together for potentially just one record and making said record a covers collection will leave a somewhat bitter taste in many listeners’ mouths, so to speak.  It leaves one feeling like this was just a rushed, phoned in work that was little more than a cash grab for the band’s members.  Keeping all of this in mind, the record proves itself worth hearing at least once, but sadly not much more than that.  American Made is scheduled for release Friday through Napalm Records.  More information on American Made is available along with all of BPMD’s latest news at:

 

 

 

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Billy Gibbons Debuts Live Performance Of ‘Missin Yo’ Kissin”

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ZZ Top front man Billy Gibbons has debuted a new live video.

The video, captured Nov. 11, 2018 at the Aztec Theater in San Antonio, TX was of Gibbons and his fellow musicians — drummer Matt Sorum (Guns ‘N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver) and guitarist Austin Hanks — performing the song ‘Missin Yo’ Kissin.”  The performance was part of Gibbons’ 2018 tour in support of his album The Big Bad Blues. Gibbons’ long-time guitar tech Elwood Francis performed on harmonica during the tour.

Photographer/videographer Harry Reese recorded the new featured performance.  Reese used four cameras to capture the performance, two of which were GoPro cameras mounted on Sorum’s drumset. The other two cameras were handheld units that Reese used as he traversed the stage.

The video, which was saved to a hard drive, was allegedly forgotten once the tour was over, and unearthed by Sorum just two weeks ago, leading to its  premiere.

Gibbons talked about the video’s discovery in a recent interview.

“It’s fortuitous that Matt remembered the video and fished it out of his stick bag,” he said.  “Now, more than ever, this is an example of our go-to phrase, ‘Blues you can use.'”

Gibbons’ album went on to earn top honors at the 2019 Blues Music Awards, taking home the Best Blues Rock Album award. Due to a scheduling conflict caused by a ZZ Top performance the same night, Gibbons was unable to accept the award, so his wife Gilligan Stillwater accepted the award on his behalf.

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‘ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas’ Is A Big Hit

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The wait is almost over for ZZ Top fans to own the band’s new documentary.  ZZ Top: The Little Ol’ Band From Texas comes home Friday on DVD/Blu-ray combo pack.  The 90-minute documentary, which is part of the band’s ongoing celebration of its 50th anniversary, is a presentation that ZZ Top’s most devoted fan base will appreciate, as will rock fans in general.  That is due in part to the doc’s main feature, which will be discussed shortly.  The bonus content that comes with the documentary adds even more appeal to its presentation, and will be addressed a little later.  The documentary’s average price point proves to be money relatively well-spent by those who purchase the documentary.  Each item is important in its own way to the whole of this doc.  All things considered, they make ZZ Top: The Little Ol’ Band From Texas a piece that is easily one of this year’s top new documentaries.

ZZ Top’s new documentary That Little Ol’ Band From Texas is a positive new presentation from one of the most respected and revered acts in the music business today.  Set for release Friday through Eagle Rock Entertainment and Banger Films, the 90-minute story takes audiences from the band’s early days coming up in the rich Texas music scene all the way up to the release of the band’s seminal album Eliminator, which remains today, the band’s best-selling album of all.  Along the way, audiences hear from the band and some of those who are close to the band, about its history and impact on the music industry.  Multiple mentions are made of the band’s late manager Bill Ham and his role in the band’s success, going from ‘That Little Ol’ Band From Texas’ to being one of the top names in the Texas (and music) world.  That is just one part of the story.  ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill even addresses the moniker used for the band “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas” at one point, noting that he felt it was originally used in a negative sense against the band just because the trio was not like all the mainstream acts out there at the time. Hill’s further discussion that the band embraced the moniker rather than let it get to the band will put a smile on any viewer’s face.  On a related note, the band members’ discussions on the role that the rise of punk music (yes, punk music) had on its own approach to songwriting, too.  This is another key discussion for audiences to take in.  ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard also gets the opportunity to open up about his drug use and recovery.  That story alone is one of the documentary’s most interesting moments. That is because it is evident that Beard really was sincere about realizing what he had done to himself and his desire to clean up.  Clearly he walked the walk, as he got cleaned up.  Staying on that note, audiences will be entertained to learn how the band’s hiatus – during which Beard got cleaned up – led to the creation of the band’s now iconic image involving Hill and Gibbons’ beards.  Not to give away too much, but not everyone close to the band was happy with the band’s decision to take on its new look, though it turns out, one original naysayer admits, the band’s decision to go the long beard look turned out to be the right move in the long term.  This is just one more of the engaging and entertaining stories that is shared throughout the course of ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas.  The documentary is chock full of other material, including a discussion on the advent of MTV on the band’s fame, that audiences will appreciate.  Even as the credits roll, audiences get even more story, with the band’s members today sitting at a table at Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, TX, looking back on the band’s history and its future.  So even though the documentary ends with the band reaching its apex in 1983, the story does not necessarily end there.  That should appease even the most devoted of the band’s fans.  Keeping all of this in mind, the story at the center of ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas forms a solid foundation for the documentary.

The bonus content that accompanies the documentary’s main feature builds on the foundation that the noted story forms in its own presentation.  The doc’s bonus content comes in the form of two separate “live” performances – one at Gruene Hall and the other is a set of vintage live performances culled from the Ham Estate archives.  Audiences get to see in the latter, ZZ Top in its infancy, sans beards.  The five-song collection, which features performances of ‘Thunderbird,’ ‘Tush,’ ‘Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers,’ I’m Bach, I’m Nationwide’ and ‘Manic Mecahnic’ are in themselves bonuses in every sense.  The footage, as old as it clearly is, has stood the test of time.  Even having been recorded before the days of high definition video and audio, it still looks and sounds wonderful.  The band’s rhinestone suits in the performance of ‘Thunderbird’ are fully visible while the audio is wholly clean.  The vintage performance of ‘Tush’ is just as enjoyable as that of ‘Thunderbird,’ its audio and video being just as clear, even despite the recording technology of the day.  It is clear throughout the footage, that the performances all came from the same show, though it is not specifically noted when and where the show was recorded.  However, noting the band’s beards, it was from after the band’s hiatus.

By comparison, the newer, more recent footage recorded at the Gruene Hall was clearly recorded in the last year or so.  The cinematography and sound are stunning for such an intimate set of performances.  There is no audience, or at least not that is visible or audible.  Gibbons’ vocals are just as strong as ever, and the talents of Beard and Hill have not faded in the least, either.  Between that footage and the vintage footage, audiences get in whole, nearly an hour of live and semi-live performances that is well worth taking the time to watch.  When this is considered along with the value of the documentary’s main feature, the combination of that primary and secondary content more than makes this presentation worth owning by any rock music fan and ZZ Top devotee.

Taking into account the importance of the collective content featured in ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas, it goes without saying that while the documentary is not necessarily cheap, the presentation’s average price point is a note that the noted audiences will not mind paying.  The average price point for this documentary is $26.28.  That price is reached by averaging prices from listings at Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Books-A-Million.  At the time of this review’s posting, the documentary was not listed at Walmart’s site.  Again, the price is not inexpensive, but it could have been worse.  Considering the amount of content that is featured in the documentary, roughly an hour and ten minutes total, counting the bonus content, that price of just under $30 is not that bad.  Best Buy, Target and Amazon all list prices below that point at $22.99, $$25.49 and $22.93 respectively.  Meanwhile, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Books-A-Million both break that crest at $29.99 and $29.98 respectively.  So again, even with an average price point of $26, the least of the documentary’s separate price listings are just below that level, proving themselves to still be relatively affordable.  Keeping all of this in mind, the money spent on ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas is money that audiences will not regret spending.  Keeping this in mind along with the value of the documentary’s collective content, the whole of this presentation, ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas proves to be a big hit for the band’s most devoted fans and for rock fans in general.

ZZ Top’s new forthcoming documentary That Little Ol’ Band From Texas is a presentation that will appeal to a wide range of audiences.  That is due in no small part to the documentary’s primary content, which tells a deep, rich story of one of the music industry’s most respected and revered bands.  The bonus live performances that accompany the documentary adds its own share of engagement and entertainment value to the presentation.  The presentation’s average price point and separate listings round out its most important elements.  Each noted item is important in its own right to the whole of this documentary.  All things considered, they make ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas a big hit.  More information on the documentary is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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New ZZ Top Doc To Make Its Theatrical Debut Next Month

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ZZ Top’s new documentary will make its theatrical debut next month.

ZZ TopThe Little Ol’ Band From Texas is scheduled to make its theatrical Aug. 13 at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, CA.  The documentary, which features interviews with the band’s members, testimonials from the band’s celebrity fans and animations, is presented by independent movie studio Abramorama, and is meant as part of the band’s 50th Anniversary Tour.

The documentary’s trailer is streaming here.  Tickets to the premiere are available here.

ZZ Top’s 50th Anniversary Tour is scheduled to launch Aug. 16 in Ridgefield, WA.  It is scheduled to run through Nov. 9 in Shreveport, LA and will feature performances in cities, such as Raleigh, NC; Peoria, IL and Burgettstown, PA.  The tour’s schedule is noted below.

ZZ Top’s 50th Anniversary Tour

Aug     16 – Ridgefield, WA – Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre*

            17 – Airway Heights, WA – Northern Quest Casino Theater

            18 – Vancouver, BC – PNE Amphitheater

            20 – Yakima, WA – Yakima Valley SunDome

            21 – Woodinville, WA – Chateau Ste. Michelle*

            23 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre**

            24 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion**

            25 – Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheatre*

            27 – Santa Barbara, CA – Arlington Theater

            28 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU*

            29 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre*

            31 – Lewisville, TX – City of Lewisville

Sept    01 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre*

            02 – St. Paul, MN – Minnesota State Fairgrounds*

            04 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Pavilion*

            06 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*

            07 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*

            08 – Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom Hill*

            10 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center at The Heights*

            11 – Burgettstown, PA – KeyBank Pavilion*

            13 – Ocean City, MD – Ocean City BikeFest

            14 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion*

            15 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion*

            17 – Syracuse, NY – Crouse-Hinds Theatre at John H. Mulroy Civic Center at Oncenter

            18 – Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion*

            19 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater*

            21 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica*

            22 – Louisville, KY – Bourbon and Beyond Festival 

Oct      05 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre*

            06 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion*

            08 – Charleston, WV – Clay Center for Arts & Sciences     

            09 – Charleston, SC – Volvo Cars Stadium*

            11 – Cherokee, NC – Harrah’s Cherokee – Event Center*

            12 – Manchester, TN – Exit 111 Festival – Great Stage Park

            13 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre

            15 – Augusta, GA – The James Brown Arena*

            16 – Saint Augustine, FL – Saint Augustine Amphiteatre* 

            18 – Estero, FL – Hertz Arena*

            19 – Tampa, FL – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre*

            20 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre*

            22 – Melbourne, FL – King Center for the Performing Arts

            23 – Tallahassee, FL – Donald L. Tucker Center

            25 – Oxon Hill, MD – MGM National Harbor

            26 – Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Event Center

            27 – Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Resort Casino 

            29 – Erie, PA – Warner Theatre

            30 – Kalamazoo, MI – Wings Event Center

Nov     01 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee

            02 – Waukegan, Il – Genesee Theater

            03 – Peoria, Il – Civic Center Theater

            05 – Springfield, MD – Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts 

            06 – Enid, OK – Stride Bank Center

            08 – Tulsa, OK – River Spirit Casino         

            09 – Shreveport, LA – Shreveport Municipal Auditorium

* with Cheap Trick

**with Lynyrd Skynyrd

All three members of ZZ Top are scheduled to take part in the premiere of ZZ TopThe Little Ol’ Band From Texas for a Q&A session following the screening.  The trailer for the band’s new doc is streaming here.

Band member Billy F. Gibbons said in a recent interview, he is looking forward to the documentary’s premiere.

“I think even our most steadfast fans will find themselves surprised by what they learn about those men behind the beards and cheap sunglasses,” Gibbons said.  “There we are, up there on the silver screen, and it’s something we’re delighted to share with fans of all stripes.”

Abramorama CEO Richard Abramowitz and Abramorama Head of West Coast Acquisitions and Business development Evan Saxon shared Gibbons’ positive sentiments about the documentary during a separate interview.

“ZZ Top always seemed larger than life and are one of the most iconic bands to hit the stage, the pair said.  “They belong on the big screen!  We are proud to be collaborating with our colleagues at Eagle Rock Entertainment, Banger Films and Suretone Management to bring the story of these sharp-dressed men to fans around the world.”

The doc will make its Canadian premiere Aug. 23 at Cineplex Cinemas nationwide.  That premiere will be followed by a Sept. 1 premiere at Event Cinemas throughout Australia.

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Gibbons’ Sophomore LP Is One “Bad” Blues Rock Record

Courtesy: Concord Records

ZZ Top front man Billy F. Gibbons is set to release his sophomore solo album The Big Bad Blues next month via Concord Records.  A little more than three years will have passed between the release of his debut solo record Perfectamundo and The Big Bad Blues when the latter is released.  The 11-song collection of originals and covers is a welcome new offering from Gibbons.  That is evidenced in part through the original composition ‘Let The Left Hand Know…’  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘My Baby She Rocks’ is another of the album’s entries that supports that statement.  It will be discussed a little later.  ‘Hollywood 151,’ yet another of Gibbons’ originals included in this album, is still more support for the noted statement.  When it is considered alongside the other noted songs and those not noted here, the whole of The Big Bad Blues proves to be a bad record in the best way possible.

Billy Gibbons’ sophomore solo album The Big Bad Blues is a bad record in the best way possible for those who understand the terminology.  It is a work that will appeal easily to fans of Gibbons’ work with ZZ Top and his own solo work as well as to blues purists.  That is saying a lot.  This is proven in part through the song ‘Let The Left Hand Know…’  The song, which comes almost midway through the record, is one of a handful of Gibbons’ original works included in the record.  In regards to its musical arrangement, it is a gritty, Texas style 12-bar blues work that moves so smoothly and creates a certain happiness in any listener.  It almost instantly conjures thoughts, again, of Gibbons’ work with ZZ Top while also lending itself to comparisons to some of the best works from Stevie Ray Vaughan.  That is even with the addition of the harmonica line.  Lyrically, it is just as upbeat, as it obviously centers on a man trying to get a woman to dance with him.  The man sings to the woman, “Just ease across the floor/Do it a little more/Let the left hand know where the right hand goes.”  He goes on to sing, “Just when you think you know/When everything gets a little slow/Gotta take a trip/Gotta shake that hip for sure/Just ease to the floor/And do a little more/Let the left hand know where the right hand goes.”  Plain and simple, this is a man trying to be smooth and get a lady to the dance floor.  Later in the song, the man even gets so bold as to say, “I wanna be your man/You know I can, for sure/Just ease across the floor/Just slid a little more/Let the left hand know where the right hand goes.”  Again, this is a guy who wants to dance with a woman and show her what he’s got, talent-wise.  It’s a quite relatable scenario…maybe less so today because courtship methods seem to be so different today than in the past, but still at least somewhat relatable.  That accessibility, in terms of the song’s lyrics, coupled with the upbeat, feel good musical arrangement makes this song easily one of the record’s best entries and one of the best of Gibbons’ originals included in the record.  That being the case, the song proves to be just one example of why the Big Bad Blues is such a good record.  Earlier in the record’s run, another similar lyrically formatted original titled ‘My Baby, She Rocks’ also serves to support that statement.

‘My Baby She Rocks’ is another work that instantly conjures thoughts of Stevie Ray Vaughan just by its title alone.  That’s because of its close similarity to SRV’s ‘Pride and Joy.’  Musically speaking, it does bear some semblance to said song, too, though maybe only loosely.  If anything, its arrangement is more akin to that of ‘Let The Left Hand Know…’ than ‘Pride and Joy’ thanks to its gritty, mid-tempo vibe.  Lyrically, it is far more akin to ‘Pride and Joy’ as Gibbons sings, ‘My baby she rocks/My baby she rocks/My baby she/My baby she rocks/My baby she rocks right to me/Rocks me all night long.”  He goes on to sing, “My baby she shakes/My baby she shakes/My baby she rocks/My baby she shakes/My baby shakes/Shakes me all night long.”  No explanation is needed here if any at all.  This is a man who is proud of his woman and is making it clear in no uncertain terms.  What’s really interesting here is that laid back vibe presented in the song’s musical arrangement as he sings the noted lines.  This is some one who’s secure in his relationship with his woman and is totally content.  Again, this is a fully relatable scenario.  That ability of listeners to relate to the song’s lyrics and to feel so good in the process makes this song stand on its own merits just as much as ‘Let The Left Hand Know…’  Keeping that in mind, ‘My Baby She Rocks’ is yet another example of what makes The Big Bad Blues such a big “Bad” record.  It still isn’t the last example of what makes this album stand out.  ‘Hollywood 151’ is yet another example of what makes Gibbons’ latest solo record work so well.

Whereas the previously discussed songs were slower in their arrangements, ‘Hollywood 151’ is a more upbeat song.  What’s more even with its familiar 12-bar blues approach, it doesn’t try to repeat the arrangements already performed in the other noted compositions.  It’s just a fun, feel good work.  As with the other songs, this is another one centered on a man who’s crazy for a woman.  This time, it’s a guy telling a woman that he’ll do this and that for a woman on Hollywood 151, including taking her around the world, etc.  He sings, “I’m all about you/Having fun/I’m gonna take you/With my gun/I’m gonna follow you out of town/I’m gonna get you upside down…you know you got me/Left and right/You know me/Clear out of sight/You got me girl/I know you know it…cause you’re Hollywood 151.”  It’s doubtful there’s any ill intent in the mention of the gun, so that should not be taken verbatim.  It likely has another meaning, especially considering everything else noted in this song.  That’s the case considering he sings about buying the woman a big new Cadillac and taking her around the world.  This is just a man who wants to woo a woman and win her over, once again.  The song’s musical arrangement does a good job of illustrating the positive energy being exuded by the man as he tries to win her over, too.  That understanding adds so much to the song.  When one keeps that in mind in considering this song and the enjoyment raised through the other songs (and those not noted here) the whole of the record’s songs makes the album in whole one “bad” blues rock record and a strong second solo effort from Gibbons.

Billy Gibbons’ sophomore solo record The Big Bad Blues is a “bad” album that blues purists and ZZ Top fans alike will appreciate.  It is chock full of arrangements and lyrics that will put a smile on the faces of any of the noted audiences.  That is evidenced in part through the easygoing, blues-rock of ‘Let The Left Hand Know…’ and its lyrical content.  The same can be said of ‘My Baby She Rocks’ and even ‘Hollywood 151.’  Between those songs and the others included in the record, but not noted here, the whole of this record proves to be a fun record for a wide range of audiences.  That includes, again, fans of ZZ Top and blues purists alike.  The album will be available September 21 via Concord Records.  More information on The Big Bad Blues is available online now along with all of Billy Gibbons’ latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Billy Gibbons Announces ‘The Big Bad Blues’ Tour Dates

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Billy Gibbons is headed out on the road this fall.

The ZZ Top front man will launch a five-week North American tour this October in support of his new forthcoming solo album The Big Bad Blues, which will be released Sept. 21 via Concord Records.  The tour is currently scheduled to launch October 13, roughly three weeks after his sophomore solo record is set to drop. It includes performances in Cleveland, Ohio; Washington, D.C.; Fort Worth, Texas and a number of other cities before winding down November 18 at the famed Troubadour in West Hollywood, California.

The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

Billy F Gibbons – The Big Bad Blues Tour 2018

Oct-13  Riverside, IA  Riverside Casino and Golf Resort

Oct-14  Prior Lake, MN  Mystic Lake Casino – Showroom

Oct-16  Chicago, IL  House of Blues

Oct-17  Columbus, OH The Bluestone

Oct-18  St. Louis, MO The Pageant

Oct-20  Wabash, IN  Honeywell Center

Oct-21  Cleveland, OH  Agora Ballroom

Oct-23  Kitchener, ON  Centre in the Square

Oct-25  Derry, NH  Tupelo Music Hall

Oct-26  Beverly, MA  The Cabot Theater

Oct-28  Huntington, NY  The Paramount

Oct-30  New York, NY  Iridium Jazz Club

Oct-31  New York, NY  Iridium Jazz Club

Nov-01  Washington, DC  Pearl Street Warehouse

Nov-03  Pompano Beach, FL  Pompano Beach Amphitheatre

Nov-05  Clearwater, FL  Ruth Eckerd Hall

Nov-06  Lake Buena Vista, FL  House of Blues – Orlando

Nov-07  Atlanta, GA  Variety Playhouse

Nov-09  Houston, TX   Revention Music Center

Nov-10  Fort Worth, TX   Billy Bob’s Texas

Nov-11  San Antonio, TX  Aztec Theater

Nov-15  Solana Beach, CA  Belly Up Tavern

Nov-16  Las Vegas, NV  Brooklyn Bowl

Nov-18  West Hollywood, CA  Troubadour

In anticipation of The Big Bad Blues‘ release, Gibbons debuted the lyric video for the album’s latest single — his cover of Gilly Stillwater’s hit song ‘Missin’ Yo Kissin’ — on August 9.  It follows the debut of the lyric video for his cover of Muddy Waters’ ‘Rollin’ and Tumblin’ on July 20.  Also included in the record are covers of Bo Didlley’s ‘Crackin’ Up’ and Jerome Green’s ‘Bring It To Jerome.’

Also included in the 11-song record are six original songs. The album’s track listing is noted below.

Track list (all songs by Billy F Gibbons except where noted):

1)         Missin’ Yo’ Kissin’ (Gilly Stillwater)

2)         My Baby She Rocks

3)         Second Line

4)         Standing Around Crying (Muddy Waters)

5)         Let The Left Hand Know… 

6)         Bring It To Jerome (Jerome Green)

7)         That’s What She Said

8)         Mo’ Slower Blues

9)         Hollywood 151

10)       Rollin’ and Tumblin’ (Muddy Waters)

11)       Crackin’ Up (Bo Diddley)

The Big Bad Blues‘ release will come almost three years after the release of Gibbons’ solo debut Perfectamundo, which was released November 6, 2015.  It is a tribute to Gibbons’ love of the blues and rock & roll. Gibbons said in a recent interview that his new album stands separate from Perfectamundo and offers plenty for audiences to appreciate.

“We successfully made our way through those uncharted waters with the Cubano falvor of Perfectamundo and completed the journey,” Gibbons said.  “The shift back to the blues is 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.”

He expanded on the blues as an art form, saying it’s something special.

“There’s something very primordial within the art form,” Gibbons said. “Nobody gets away from the infectious allure of those straight ahead licks.”

Joining Gibbons on his latest album are Mike Flanigan (keyboards), Joe Hardy (bass), Matt Sorum (ex-Guns N’ Roses) and Greg Morrow (drums), Austin Hank (guitar) and James Harman (harmonica). Pre-orders for The Big Bad Blues are open now.  Signed and exclusive bundles are available here.

More information on The Big Bad Blues is available online now along with all of Gibbons’ latest tour schedule updates, news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.billygibbons.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BillyFGibbonsOfficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/billyfgibbons

 

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Billy Gibbons Announces Release Date, Specs For His Sophomore Solo Album

Courtesy: Concord Records

Billy Gibbons has a new solo record on the way.

The ZZ Top guitarist/vocalist announced this week that his new, sophomore solo album The Big Bad Blues is currently scheduled to be released Sept. 21 via Concord Records. It will come almost three years after the release of his debut solo record, Perfectamundo, which was released Nov. 6, 2015.

The 11-song record is a tribute to Gibbons’ lifelong love of the blues and rock & roll, and features a number of Gibbons’ original works alongside covers of tunes such as ‘Rollin’ and Tumblin” and ‘Standing Around Crying.’ In anticipation of the album’s release, a lyric video of ‘Rollin’ and Tumblin‘ is streaming now.

Gibbons said in a recent interview that his new album stands separate from Perfectamundo and offers plenty for audiences to appreciate.

“We successfully made our way through those uncharted waters with the Cubano flavor of Perfectamundo and completed the journey,” Gibbons said.  “the shift back to the blues is 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.”

Gibbons expanded on the blues as an art form, saying it’s something special.

“There’s something very primordial within the art form,” Gibbbons said.  “Nobody gets away from the infectious allure of those straight ahead licks.”

Joining Gibbons on his new record to round out the personnel are: Mike Flanigin (keyboards), Joe Hardy (bass), Matt Sorum (ex-Guns N’ Roses) and Greg Morrow (drums), Austin Hanks (guitar) and James Harman (harmonica).

The album’s full track listing is noted below.

Track list (all songs by Billy F Gibbons except where noted):

1)         Missin’ Yo’ Kissin’ (Gilly Stillwater)

2)         My Baby She Rocks

3)         Second Line

4)         Standing Around Crying (Muddy Waters)

5)         Let The Left Hand Know… 

6)         Bring It To Jerome (Jerome Green)

7)         That’s What She Said

8)         Mo’ Slower Blues

9)         Hollywood 151

10)       Rollin’ and Tumblin’ (Muddy Waters)

11)       Crackin’ Up (Bo Diddley)

Pre-orders are open now.  Signed and exclusive bundles are available here.  Tour dates in support of The Big Bad Blues will be announced soon.

More information on the Big Bad Blues is available online now along with all of Billy Gibbons’ latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.billygibbons.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BillyFGibbonsOfficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/billyfgibbons

 

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ZZ Top To Hit The Road Again In Early 2017

ZZ Top To Hit The Road Again In 2017

ZZ Top To Hit The Road Again In 2017

 

ZZ Top just recently released its latest live recording LiveGreatest Hits From Around The World to the masses.  Now the band has announced that fans will get another dose of the band live when the band hits the road for a new series of live dates.

The band announced this week that it will launch the “17 Tonnage Tour” early next year.  Right now the tour is scheduled to launch February 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina and will run through March 14, 2017 in Macon Georgia.

The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

 

ZZ TOP TONNAGE TOUR DATES:

Feb-19 – Greenville SC – Peace Center Concert Hall

Feb-22 – Nashville TN – Ryman Auditorium

Feb-24 – Louisville KY – The Louisville Palace Theater

Feb-25 – Northfield OH – Hard Rock Live

Feb-26 – Schenectady NY – Proctor’s Theatre

Mar-3  – Atlantic City NJ – Caesars Atlantic City– Circus Maximus

Mar-4  – Shippensburg PA – H. Ric Luhrs PAC– Shippensburg University

Mar-5  – Washington DC – MGM National Harbor

Mar-11 – Lake Charles LA – Golden Nugget

Mar-14 – Macon GA – City Auditorium

 

Band member Billy Gibbons said audiences will have plenty to look forward to on the band’s upcoming tour.

“It’s gonna be a good time,” he said. “We’ve been at this long enough that we’re starting to get good.  Come and see us; It’s gonna be loud and live.”

More information on ZZ Top’s upcoming tour is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.zztop.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ZZTop

Twitter: http://twitter.com/zztop

 

 

 

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