Tuesday, March 31, 2009
We have already drafted our questions for the band, but if anyone else has a good one, please e-mail it to us ASAP (ie before 4:00 Chicago time!) at:
We will post our list of questions (even if none of them are answered) after the show.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Will they do any new songs? Will there be any guest stars? Will they dust off any oldies but goodies that they haven't played in 10, 15, or even 20 years? Tune in to Storytellers (and here, too;) to find out!
You won't see any photos or video from this show but we will try to do a little live blogging. We won't be blogging every song because we want to enjoy this very special show but we will try to send one or two updates and promise you the first post-show update on the web.
We did stop by the Congress Theater today and they have a bunch of MTV trucks parked there along with ZZ's truck and a couple of portabel generators. Still seem to be setting everything up so maybe the Boyzz aren't even here yet? When was the last time MTV was involved at all in anything the band did...I know technically this is VH-1 but it is all pretty exciting.
In other news...we have heard from two different people rumors that ZZ may occupy one of the two remaining open headlining slots at Rocklahoma. Not sure if this is solo or in conjunction with Aerosmith or what, and I wouldn't qualify this as a strong rumor, but it's out there.
Friday, March 27, 2009
The VH-1 Storytellers show with ZZ Top is scheduled for taping on March 31 at the Congress Theater right here in Chicago. We will be there with a few of our rowdy friends and we'll be sure to let you know how it goes.
Supposedly there will be a lot of opportunities for band-fan interaction, so this could be very interesting. Be sure to watch this program on VH-1 when it eventually airs.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
I'm Moving On
both with Elwood on steel guitar.
Billy then switches out the gold-flake guitar for anotheryellowsih guitar. Not the gold Pearly...looks almost like a Gibson Flying V? Maybe another Gretsch? Don't know my guitars...used on:
Just Got Paid
Check back later.
Prior to the show at the sound check, I noticed that they had both drum kits on stage (Frank’s and Billy Bob Thornton’s -- hereafter BBT-- drummer’s kit) at the same time, which is a strange way to do a sound check.
ZZ went on first. Before their set, I noticed there was something set up stage left which looked like a keyboard (but turned out to be a steel guitar--hey, it was dark and the stage was raised!) so I knew something special was about to happen.
The band started at about 9:35 playing with a sparse stage setup in front of the iconic Billy Bob’s Texas-shaped sign. Things started out normally with Under Pressure. Dusty’s vocals almost could not be heard but that technical problem was solved quickly. The outfits and guitars (with one exception--wait for this) were pretty much what they have been using the last year or two. The crowd was into it and the place was starting to heat up. Billy told us they were here opening for BBT because they were friends with BBT and that if he let them stick around all night there would be something special at the end.
After a few more of the usual tunes Elwood Francis walks out wearing the same outfit he had on when he played with them at the Houston Rodeo in 2007. (Sammy Sanchez was also at this show, although he seemed to be working with BBT’s band and not Billy. So I’m not sure if Billy has two techs now or what. Elwood brought Billy’s guitars out all night.) Anyway, back to the point. Billy says that since they’re playing at Billy Bob’s they have to pay tribute to that heritage, and they start into a Johnny Cash song with Elwood on steel guitar. Billy sang (usually Dusty sings the Cash songs) and I must say this song sounded really great. Then Billy says how about some Hank Snow?
How about some what? At this point I have no idea what they’re doing, but with Elwood still on steel guitar they rip through a great cover of “I’m Moving On.” One cool thing when they do these covers is that you get to learn a lot about their influences. The rest of the set was pretty standard, Pincushion, Foxy Lady, the usual.
I did a double-take when they did Legs, though--the old fuzzy Gibson guitars are gone! They have been replaced by some sort of box-shaped furry guitars, think one of Bo Diddley’s guitars covered in fur. (I wasn’t close enough to see what these guitars actually were, but that’s what they looked like.)
So the set ends and a while later BBT’s set begins with BBT on vocals. He talks about ZZ quite a bit, explains that he has known Frank for many years, since he was drummer in a ZZ tribute band called Tres Hombres. BBT also says that just because ZZ’s set was over doesn’t mean they’re not coming back out!
A bit before 1:00 BBT finishes his set on goes offstage. The crowd is chanting “ZZ Top, ZZ Top” and people are standing on the tables. Then something really cool happens: the crew moves the BBT drums over a bit and wheels Frank’s skull kit back onstage! The crowd is going nuts and there are now two drums kits on stage. BBT comes back out and sits behind his band’s drums and Frank walks out and hops behind his kit. They both start jamming on the drums and the entire BBT band comes back out and they jam for more than 10 minutes on two separate songs. Frank is really killing it, sometimes it looks like he is bored back there but tonight he really seemed to be having a great time, smiling and laughing and enjoying himself.
Finally, BBT’s band leave and the crowd is going nuts. Billy and Dusty come back, Frank leaves his kit to sit next to BBT, and the band rips into “I Thank You” with Billy Bob Thornton playing drums.
You don’t see that at every show!
They sounded killer again, and it was all over. I assume (although you never know) that these weird songs will be in the Rodeo set but we’ll have to wait and see.
I think this is the most fun I’ve ever seen the band have, it was really an incredible experience. I know Billy plays with other acts all the time but I don’t think I’ve ever heard of Frank playing drums for another band---that may be a first? And other than the time Texas Gov. Rick Perry played with them (and the short time where Frank was sick in Europe) I’m not sure when they have ever played with another drummer?
I have some video of the “good stuff” up at my blog and will try to add a few more/photos later. Out all of the shows I have ever seen them play (lost track at this point) this was perhaps the greatest of them all.
Looking forward to Sunday’s show and to Storytellers (can that top this show?) in Chicago on March 31!
Friday, March 20, 2009
We will try to do the same for the Rodeo show on Sunday but we probably won't do every song unless they throw in something different.
In the meantime, here are some of the gems from last night:
Thursday, March 19, 2009
1 no drinking during Gospel songs
2 no gospel songs!
Next song: Sunglasses.
Think what in the dark looked like keyboards is actually a steel guitar? Wait and see!
That was Zakk Wylde.
Supposedly there is a chance that ZZ Top will be touring with Aerosmith this summer after they return from Europe. No confirmation yet but that would be a killer bill.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Let us know if you have had luck getting tickets!
Now, we are headed to the airport to go to Dallas for the Billy Bob's shoiw.
Stay tuned for more!!!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
More info here.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
With a band like this, youi never know if you'll get to see them again, so if you're in the central part of the U.S. drag yourself down to Beale Street in Memphis and check out the show.
Here's the info from their MySpace:
They're going back to where it all began 20 years ago...
Saturday, March 7, 2009--
Tora Tora at the New Daisy!
New Daisy Theater
330 Beale Street
Memphis, TN 38103
With Special Guests:
Tickets go on sale Friday, January 9, and will be available online through the New Daisy website. The website will also give a list of other stores where tickets can be purchased.
So, spread the word, and we hope to see everyone at the Daisy!