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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ZZ Top’s New Live Compilation Will Be Welcome In Any Fan’s Music Library

Courtesy: Rhino Records

Courtesy: Rhino Records

ZZ Top has released a new live recording for its fans.  The veteran trio’s new live compilation record Live – Greatest Hits From Around The World will be released this Friday, September 16th in stores and online.  The new live collection of live performances is being billed as the band’s first “live album.”  It should be noted right now that this term should be used very loosely.  That is because it is not the band’s first ever live recording.  The band has already released three albums before this latest offering—Live From Texas (2008), Double Down Live (2009) and Live at Montreux 2013 (2014).  So even though it obviously is not the band’s first live recording, it is still an enjoyable collection of live ZZ Top performances.  That is due in part to the songs that make up the body of the compilation.  The band’s stage presence is just as important to note as the songs that were chosen for the record.  Last but hardly least of note in this recording is its production.  That includes both the sound editing and the transitions from song to song.  Each element is important in its own way to the record’s presentation.  All things considered, Live Greatest Hits From Around The World is another live record that any ZZ Top fans will welcome to their music libraries.

ZZ Top’s new live compilation record LiveGreatest Hits From Around The World is not the band’s first live recording despite it being billed as such.  That aside it is still another live offering from the veteran trio that any ZZ Top fan will welcome to his or her music library.  That is due in part to the record’s “set list.”  The set list features performances that were taken from a number of the band’s previous tours and songs that are some of the band’s most beloved songs. Those songs include the likes of ‘Cheap Sunglasses,’ ‘Legs,’ ‘Sharp Dressed Man,’ ‘I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide,’ and many others.  It also features a performance of ‘Rough Boy’ with Jeff Beck from the band’s most recent tour and even a cover of the classic ‘Sixteen Tons.’  While the songs are just a glimpse into the band’s extensive catalogue it does reach somewhat far back into that catalogue, namely to 1973’s Tres Hombres and as recent as 1994’s Antenna.  So, one could argue that the compilation’s “set list” is limited.  There is no denying that.  But at the time, that it is limited also means that listeners are getting some of ZZ Top’s best live performances; not all but some.  To that end, the record’s chosen songs (and performances) are in themselves important positives to note in examining this live compilation’s set presentation.  They are collectively just part of what makes the record welcome in fans’ music libraries.  The band’s stage presence is just as important to note in the record’s presentation as the songs and performances that make up its body.

The songs and performances that are featured in Live Greatest Hits From Around The World are in themselves hugely important to the record’s presentation.  They present what are some of the band’s best live performances and some of its most beloved songs.  They are collectively just one important part of the record’s presentation.  The band’s stage presence is just as important to note here as the featured songs and performances.  The band’s stage presence is so important to note first and foremost because so far, this compilation is only available on CD.  Usually when a live recording is presented on CD, it is extremely difficult for given acts to translate their stage presence to audiences.  That is why so many live recordings today are available just as much on DVD and Blu-ray as on CD if not more so.  In the case of this record though, the band’s stage presence translates quite well believe it or not.  Maybe that is because of the record’s production—which will be discussed shortly—or maybe it’s related to something else. Regardless audiences can actually see the band—Billy Gibbons (guitar, vocals), Dusty Hill (bass, vocals), and Frank Beard (drums)—performing with full clarity.  That is rare for any act’s live recording.  It is a testament to the band’s ability to entertain its audiences even today regardless of live or semi-live.  It is just one more important part of the record’s presentation.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements.

The songs and performances that make up the heart of ZZ Top’s new live recording and the band’s stage presence in each are all important in their own way to Live Greatest Hits From Around The World’s presentation. As important as each element is to the record’s presentation, they are not its only important element.  The record’s production is just as important to its presentation as any other element that was and wasn’t noted here.  The record was produced by the band and joined by Carl Stubner and Blain Clausen (something that people who download the album probably wouldn’t know since they don’t have those liner notes that add so much to an album’s experience).  The fact that the band had a direct role in the record’s production is perhaps to thank for the band’s stage presence translating so clearly.  It could even be argued that the band’s direct role in the record’s production is why the sound is mixed so expertly, too.  Considering this it makes sense now why the overall listening experience in this record is so enjoyable even with it being a compilation record.  In the same vein the transitions between songs are just as clean.  Even something as minute as that plays its own major role in a live recording’s presentation.  It is what keeps audiences engaged after a performance ends and before the next performance begins.  Now, keeping all of this in mind, it is clear why the record’s production is just as important to its presentation as its songs and performances, and the band’s stage presence.  When all three elements are set against each other, they paint a picture of a record that, again, any ZZ Top fan will welcome in his or her own music library.

Live – Greatest Hits From Around the World is not ZZ Top’s first live record.  But it is a record that any ZZ Top fan will welcome into his or her music library.  Whether for its chosen songs and performances, the band’s stage presence, or for its production, there is plenty to say to the positive about this record.  The only downside to the entire thing is that it is not available on DVD or Blu-ray.  All things considered, there is plenty that audiences will appreciate about this live ZZ Top compilation.  All of those positives make this record one that any ZZ Top fan will welcome into his or her music library.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on the record is available online now along with all of ZZ Top’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.zztop.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/zztop

 

 

 

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Rhino Records Streaming ZZ Top’s Live Take Of ‘Sixteen Tons’

Courtesy: Rhino Records

Courtesy: Rhino Records

ZZ Top is set to release its first ever live recording next month.

Live – Greatest Hits From Around The World will be released on Friday, September 9th via Rhino Records. In anticipation of the recording’s release Rhino is streaming the band’s performance of Merle Travis’ song ‘Sixteen Stones’ online now here. After Travis wrote and recorded the song, it would go on to be made famous by Tennessee Ernie Ford. The band’s performance of the song features a guest appearance by fellow veteran rocker Jeff Beck.

Live – Greatest Hits also includes performances of a number of ZZ Tops biggest hits including: ‘La Grange,’ ‘Sharp Dressed Man,’ ‘Legs,’ ‘Gimme All Your Lovin,’’ and a number of others. The full track listing for the recording is noted below. Pr-orders for the record are open now at Amazon on CD, vinyl, and via iTunes.

 

Greatest Hits From Around The World tracklisting with location of each track’s recording

 

  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                                                SãoPaolo
  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

 

More information on Live – Greatest Hits From Around The World is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.zztop.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/zztop

 

 

 

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ZZ Top To Release New Live Recording This Summer

Courtesy: Suretone Records/Merlis For Hire

Courtesy: Suretone Records/Merlis For Hire

ZZ Top has a new live recording on the way.

The veteran rock trio has announced that it will release a new live recording this summer.  Greatest Hits Live will be released Friday, August 12th via Suretone Records.  The record will feature live performances of some of the band’s biggest hits from its decades-long career.  They include the band’s breakthrough hit ‘La Grange,’ ‘Gimme All Your Lovin’,’ Sharp Dressed Man,’ ‘Legs,’ and even a special cover of Tennessee Ernie Ford’s ‘Sixteen Tons.’  The performances in question are taken from a number of the band’s tours rather than just one tour.  Billy Gibbons, the band’s front man, said of the recording that it is the live record for fans from the band.  “We spend the biggest stretch of every year out on the road, whippin’ wire, poundin’ skin, and rockin’ it way up,” he said.  “This is the true document of life de la ZZ.  In an abstract surrealism style, this collection is a definitive chronicle of the band hangin’ together for four plus deluxe decades, getting down to do what we get to do. Enjoy and listen to loudness!”

Greatest Hits Live will be released on a variety of platforms including: CD, gatefold vinyl, and digital through all streaming and download stores.  Pre-orders for th record are open now via Amazon (CD: http://smarturl.it/CD_LGHFATW, vinyl: http://smarturl.it/LP_LGHFATW) and via iTunes (http://smarturl.it/iT-LGHFATW).  Fans can download the song ‘Rough Boy’ now via iTunes (http://smarturl.it/iT-RoughBoyLive) and Spotify (http://smarturl.it/SP_RoughBoyLive).  It is also streaming free online now via Youtube.  The recording’s full track listing is noted below.

Greatest Hits Live tracklisting with location of each track’s recording

  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                                                SãoPaolo
  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

More information on Greatest Hits Live 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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ZZ Top Forced To Postpone, Reschedule Dates

Courtesy:  Merlis For Hire

Courtesy: Merlis For Hire

ZZ Top’s current tour is officially on hold.

Carl Stuber, the band’s manager announced this week that bassist Dusty Hill tripped on his way to the stage at the band’s show last Thursday.  When he fell, Hill suffered a fractured shoulder, leading the show to be cancelled and the band’s dates through May 7th to be postponed.  Stubner addressed Hill’s injury saying, “Dusty was suited up and ready to go when he tripped on a step while on his way to the stage for the start of Thursday’s show.  It was very dark back there and the step – really a half-step – wasn’t lit so there’s no way he could’ve seen it.  We found out that others had missed it and stumbled earlier in the day. Maybe some strategic lighting could’ve prevented this, but that’s water under the bridge.  What’s important now is that Dusty and his medical team to do what’s necessary for a complete recovery.”

After undergoing treatment for his injury Hill was upbeat, jokingly noting of his situation, “My physicians told me that this type of injury is usually associated with contact sports.  I’m not sure bass-playing qualifies as such but they’re doing their best to get me back in the game as soon as possible.”  He thanked the band’s fans for their understanding, thoughts, and prayers saying, “Thanks to everyone for all the good wishes we’ve received.  We’re determined to enjoy a speedy recovery and to see you soon!”

The current cities whose dates have been rescheduled are noted below.

Shreveport, LA

Biloxi, MS

Lake Charles, LA

Chattanooga, TN

Augusta, GA

Atlanta, GA

Sarasota, FL

Naples, FL

Clearwater, FL

Shawnee, OK

More information on the band’s tour schedule is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.zztop.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/zztop

 

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ZZ Top, Gregg Allman Announce Summer/Fall 2016 Tour

Courtesy:  Merlis For Hire

Courtesy: Merlis For Hire

ZZ Top and Gregg Allman will tour together this summer and fall.

The veteran rockers announced this week that they will launch a tour Tuesday, August 16th in Huber Heights, Ohio.  The tour will be split up into three distinct legs with the first leg taking the acts through the Midwest.  That leg runs through Sunday, August 21st.  The second leg of the tour—its longest—will take them throughout the northeast.  It runs from Tuesday, August 23rd to Sunday, September 4th.  The tour’s third leg brings the acts to New Mexico on September 24th and then to Colorado on the 25th before heading to California and Nevada for the remainder of the tour’s closing leg.  ZZ Top will be performing some dates on the tour alone.  Those dates are noted along with the rest of the tour’s dates below.

 

ZZ Top/Gregg Allman tour dates

Aug-16           Huber Heights, OH              Rose Music Center

Aug-17           Clarkston, MI                       DTE Entergy Music Theatre

Aug-19           Anderson, IN                        Hoosier Park Racing & Casino*

Aug-20           Fort McCoy, WI                    Ft. McCoy Army Base

Aug-21           Springfield, IL                       Illinois State Fairgrounds

Aug-23           Darien Center, NY                Darien Lake PAC

Aug-24           Albany, NY                           Times Union Center

Aug-26           Atlantic City, NJ                    Event Center @ Borgata

Aug-27           Essex Junction, VT              Champlain Valley

Aug-28           Boston, MA                           Blue Hills Bank Pavillion

Aug-30           Hyannis, MA                         Cape Cod Melody Tent*

Aug-31           Hartford, CT                          Xfinity Theatre

Sep-1             Holmdel, NJ                          PNC Bank Arts Center

Sep-3             Syracuse, NY                        Lakeview Amphitheater

Sep-4             Portland, ME                         Maine State Pier*

Sep-24           Albuquerque, NM                  Sandia Casino

Sep-25           Morrison, CO                         Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Sep-29           San Luis Obispo, CA             Avila Beach Concerts*

Sep-30           Murphys, CA                         Ironstone Amphitheatre

Oct-1              Saratoga, CA                        The Mountain Winery

Oct-2              Saratoga, CA                        The Mountain Winery

Oct-4              San Diego, CA                      Humphrey’s*

Oct-6              Los Angeles, CA                   Greek Theatre

Oct-7              Las Vegas, NV                     The Pearl

Oct-8              Rancho Mirage, CA             Agua Caliente Casino*

 

*ZZ Top only

 

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Santana-McLaughlin Montreux Re-Issue Is Another Shining Beacon From Eagle Rock

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Forty-eight years ago a man named Claude Knobs founded the Montreux Jazz Festival. In the decades since its founding, the once jazz-only festival has grown to become one of the world’s most renowned festivals featuring acts from every one of the music industry’s genres. Sadly, Knobs passed away two years ago. But even in his absence, the festival has continued on and remained one of the world’s elite music festivals. And thanks to the efforts of the people at Eagle Rock Entertainment that reputation has been held strong due to the label’s partnership with Montreux Sounds. The companies’ partnership has resulted in a number of performances from the festival’s history being released in recent years. That list includes performances from the likes of: Stan Getz, Phil Collins, Etta James, ZZ Top, and The Raconteurs among so many others. Last week, that list grew just a little more when the companies revisited Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin’s 2011 Invitation to Illumination performance and re-issued the concert in a double-disc CD presentation. Originally released on DVD and Blu-ray in 2013, this latest release is just as enjoyable for those that might not already own the concert’s original DVD and/or BD presentation. Of course it is just as enjoyable for anyone that already owns said presentations, too. The main reason that it is so enjoyable is its set list. Just as with Eagle Rock’s 2012 Santana live release, Greatest Hits Live at Montreux 2011, this show’s set list feels more like one giant jam session than a specifically structured set list. By direct connection, the stage presence of the musicians on stage is just as noteworthy in the recording’s enjoyment and success. Last of note in this recording is the concert’s audio mix. Those with surround sound home theater systems will especially appreciate that clarity of the recording’s audio mix. Together with the set list and the band’s stage presence, that expert audio mix is one more factor that reminds audiences why Eagle Rock Entertainment is the leader of the pack in live recordings. Collectively, all three elements show why this recording is one of the best of this year’s crop of re-issues.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s new double-disc presentation of Carlos Santana & John Mclaughlin’s performance at the 2011 Montreux Jazz Festival is not the first time that the recording has been released. Despite that, this audio-only presentation is just as enjoyable as the concert’s 2013 DVD and Blu-ray presentation of the concert. This applies both for those that already own the concert’s DVD and/or Blu-ray presentation and for those that have neither. The main reason that it is so enjoyable for all involved is its set list. The nearly two and a half hour performance (two hours and fourteen minutes to be exact) is composed of sixteen tracks that touch on quite a few different genres. There is a tribute to Led Zeppelin early on as Santana and company cover the legendary rock band’s hit single ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ There are also tributes to Miles Davis and John Coletrane later in the performance in the form of ‘Black Satin’ and ‘A Love Supreme’ respectively. There is also another tribute to Coletrane earlier in the show in the form of ‘Naima,’ which is another of the legendary sax player’s greatest hits. As if these numbers aren’t enough, there are also of plenty of other original pieces performed by Santana and his fellow musicians pulled from Santana and McLaughlin’s 1973 album Love Devotion Surrender. The combination of the artists’ covers and original compositions results in a set list that is rich and completely engaging. Being so rich and engaging, audiences won’t even realize that so much time has passed by the time they reach the concert’s finale performance. That in itself is the mark of a truly talented group of musicians. Speaking of the musicians’ collective talents, their talents are another reason that audiences will enjoy this latest release of Invitation to Illumination.

The extensive set list compiled for Invitation to Illumination is in itself plenty of reason for fans of Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin to pick up this newly re-issued concert recording. It runs nearly two and a half hours and spans some sixteen songs. At no point in that time will audiences ever find themselves checking the time as the concert progresses. Rather, they will find themselves becoming lost in the concert in the best way possible. That says quite a bit within itself. Of course the concert’s chosen set list is only part of what makes it so enjoyable. The stage presence of Santana and his fellow musicians is another reason that audiences will enjoy the show. Taking in a performance by Carlos Santana and his band mates is more than simply taking in a performance from the highly talented musicians. Taking in a performance of these individuals is taking in a full musical experience. This is just as true in Santana & McLaughlin: Invitation to Illumination as it was on Carlos Santana: Greatest Hits Live at Montreux 2011. It is incredible to hear Santana and his band mates sharing the stage throughout the two-hour plus performance. Unlike so many other acts out there today, Santana steps back on multiple occasions, allowing his band mates to get their fair share of time in the limelight. Simply put, he not only talks the talk, but walks the walk, too. Such humility, willingness to share the spotlight, and talent shows why Santana is still one of the greatest guitarists in modern music history. Audiences will be in awe at the talent of both Dennis Chambers and Santana’s own wife, Cyndi Blackman Santana as they work behind their kits. Blackman Santana’s skill with the sticks is unparalleled. Watching her perform whether with the rest of the band or by herself on her drum solo is like watching controlled chaos. By contrast, Chambers’ own performance behind his kit is the picture of talent and composure. Chambers’ body language is one of someone that is entirely relaxed. Yet his playing would seem otherwise. It’s an amazing juxtaposition. The band overall presents such talent throughout its performance. It’s yet another way in which the band’s stage presence shows itself to be an important part of the recording’s whole. Together with the show’s extensive set list, both elements show once again why Invitation to Illumination is a brightly shining live recording from Eagle Rock Entertainment.

The set list assembled for Invitation to Illumination and the stage presence of the assembled musicians are both key reasons that the recording is so entertaining for audiences. They are just part of the whole of the recording’s enjoyment in its new double-disc CD presentation. The concert’s final audio mix rounds out the reasons that the concert shines so brightly. Those with surround sound home theater systems will especially appreciate that clarity of the recording’s audio mix. That is not to say that those without a home theater system will be left out in the cold per se. Rather it is just to say that the audio mix really lends itself to a home theater system even having been recorded at an indoor venue. There is something about the combined talents of the musicians on stage that just gives the performance that much power. This includes both the concert’s more raucous moments and even its more reserved moments. Audiences will agree with this sentiment when they pick up this recording for themselves. Together with the concert’s set list and the performers’ stage presence, it becomes the finishing touch on a recording that is one more brightly shining recording from Eagle Rock Entertainment even having been previously released.

While it is not the first time that Eagle Rock Entertainment has released the concert, the company’s new double-disc CD presentation of Invitation to Illumination still shines just as brightly as the concert’s previous DVD and Blu-ray presentation. This is the case both for those that already own one or both of the previously released presentations and for those that don’t already own either. The show’s set list coupled with the stage presence and talents of the performers makes for plenty of enjoyment in its new re-issue. The concert’s expert audio mix makes it even more of a joy for audiences. All three elements taken together make Invitation to Illumination a concert that is just as enjoyable the second time around as the first. Santana & McLaughlin: Invitation to Illumination Live at Montreux 2011 is available now in stores and online. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

Website: http://www.eagle-rock.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/EagleRockNews

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