Thursday, July 28, 2011

New song Titlezzz has quoted Billy Gibbons from an article in Mojo magazine (?)
as providing further details on the new album, including song titles and
producers, to be released in 2011:

ZZ Top's new album is now finished, being mixed, and will be released
in the fall of 2011. Billy Gibbons tells Mojo magazine, "It sounds and
feels like Tres Hombres, with a few elements of the Eliminator period
thrown in. A pretty wide range, from basic blues to slightly more fancy

Songs recorded include "Flyin' High," "More Slower Blues." "Chartreuse"
and "Have A Little Mercy." The latter is, says Gibbons, inspired by
early B.B. King cuts.

The sessions have been executive-produced by Rick Rubin (Red Hot Chili
Peppers, Johnny Cash, Metallica, etc). Gibbons adds, "The thing about
Rick is he pushes the artists to spend more time reaching down deeper
than they normally would."

ZZ top recorded at the famous Shangri La Studios in Malibu with
engineeer Dave Sardy (Oasis, Jet). The trio then moved back to Texas, to
Foam Box Recordings in Houston, with long-time engineer Joe Hardy. "It
was the Sardy and Hardy party," said Gibbons.

A version of "Flyin' High," which is not confirmed for the album, has
already debuted: played en-route to the International Space Station on
Russia's Soyuz spacecraft. "We figured it'd be the perfect song to pass
along to the astronauts," said Gibbons.

Not every song will be as as radio-friendly as "Flyin' High", insists
Billy. "More Slower Blues" is "simply one chord, that never stops."

ZZ Top have yet to reveal the album's title and its final tracklisting.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

New song --Flyin' High debuts in outer space!

Just when I thought the land of ZZ couldn't get any stranger...while we have been sleeping, the band has not. Our friends at the Antenna Head News blog have found a new song by ZZ Top, their first new material in eight years-- that has been debuted by NASA in outer space! On mobile so cannot post the link right now but it is out there.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

ZZ Top: The Musical?

OK, this is such a weird rumor, but it comes from a very reliable source.

Supposedly there is some sort of ZZ Top musical that is in development right now?
The rights have been sold and it is being worked on right now?

If this ever happens, remember, you heard it here first. If it never happens...well, then this post never happened.

Frank Beard, laying down some drum tracks for the new ZZ Top album... least that's what it seems from a recent Twitter post from Rick Rubin.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

BFG 44

Supposedly this is Billy's new brand of hot sauce? BFG or BFG 44. We have't heard anything abotu it, so not sure if it's true or one of those things Billy just tells people.

Anyway, if anyone has one of the bottles he supposedly handed out in Austin at SXSW, please send us a scan/photo of the label!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

OK< this looks to be something close to the full ZZ/Skynyrd Tour Schedule for May

As always, subject to change, check when they eventually add the dates:

May 12, 2011 Intrust Bank Arena
Wichita. KS US More Info »

May 13, 2011 Bell County Expo Center
Belton. TX US More Info »

May 14, 2011 Zoo Amphitheatre
Oklahoma City. OK US More Info »

May 19, 2011 Bangor Waterfront
Bangor. ME US More Info »

May 20, 2011 Tag's Summer Sound Stage
Big Flats. NY US More Info »

May 21, 2011 Times Union Center
Albany. NY US More Info »

May 22, 2011 Covelli Centre
Youngstown. OH US More Info »

May 26, 2011 Peoria Civic Center
Peoria. IL US More Info »

May 27, 2011 Black Oak Mountain
Lampe. MO US More Info »

May 28, 2011 CenturyTel Center
Bossier City. LA US More Info »

May 29, 2011 Amphitheater at the Wharf
Orange Beach. AL US More Info »

More Spring Datezz on the Way...

...including May 29 in Orange Beach, AL.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Another new date

ZZ and Lynyrd Skynyrd May 20 in Upstate New York.

So maybe that early May Lubbock date is correct and they are planning an
early summer tour with Skynyrd.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Reality show/fall tour.

A bit of news. Apparently Billy is in talks to host a reality show about competitive beard and mustache competitors.

Also, a fall concert date has been announced by the venue for Fresno California in early
October. Still no summer or spring dates in the US though.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Another European tour?

Looks like the Boyzz may be booking festivals and the like for another summer tour of Europe. With the Oz tour and alleged recording of a new album, are we even going to see them this year in the U.S?

Only one date in France has popped up so far, but expect others to follow. Check which is a great source for European dates.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Big Newzzz!

They found Dusty's hat! OK, that's true, but it's not the big newzz. Billy G is endorsing this new Pura Vida Tequila and doing some bottle signings. OK, that's not the big newzz. The big newzz is that Billy claimed at one of those signings that the band goes into the studio with Rick Rubin TOMORROW (ie January 31, 2011) to start tracking the new album.

Now, we have no way of knowing if this is true or another Texas Tall Tale, but it is an encouraging sign. No upcoming tour + Billy spending a lot of time in Texas + Rubin wanting to record in Texas are all good signs. They have from now until about April to crank something out, possibly do a few Texas warm-up shows, then on to Australia for a short tour.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Find Dusty's hat!

ZZ Top bassist is missing Stetson
Comments 3
Hat gone from dressing room before Odessa concert
January 19, 2011 4:40 PM

>> ZZ Top's Dusty Hill is missing his Stetson and needs help getting it
back. If you know the whereabouts of the hat in question, contact Lyxan
Toledanes at the Odessa American at or call
Missing: Gray-brown Stetson. Reward: $150 worth of ZZ Top merchandise.

After more than a month of waiting, ZZ Top's bassist and vocalist, Dusty
Hill, is ready to get his beloved Stetson back. Hill's hat went missing
a few hours before ZZ Top's concert at the Ector County Coliseum Dec. 9.

"You travel all over the world and then it comes up missing in Texas,"
Hill said. "It just killed me."

In an attempt to recover his hat, Hill and the ZZ Top team are offering
up a $150 reward to spend at the ZZ Top merchandise website to the
person who currently has the Stetson.

"We're going to give that person the key to the ZZ Top website," Bob
Merlis, ZZ Top's publicist, said.

Merlis said there will be no questions asked of the person, and they can
even remain anonymous.

Hill has worn his Stetson, trimmed with a ribbon of black horse hair, to
most of the shows for the past two ZZ Top tours. Fans at the Coliseum,
however, may have noticed that instead of the cowboy hat, Hill wore a
baseball cap.

The day of the concert started out normally for Hill, spending that
Thursday afternoon performing a sound check with the rest of the band
and crew. Shortly thereafter, Hill went back to his hotel room, leaving
his hat in his dressing room. He returned later to find the hat gone.

"About 30 minutes before the show, my hat's (still) not there. Everyone
was scrambling around trying to find it," Hill said.

Hill said he tried looking again after the concert, but the search
turned up empty, and Hill left Odessa the next morning, hatless.

"Dusty Hill walked into Ector County Coliseum wearing his hat, and when
he left the hat was gone," Merlis said. "It sounds silly, but it's a big
drag separating a Texan from his favorite hat - that's harsh."

Hill's attachment to the hat is reasonable, considering the fact that
it's was custom made for him when he had a cameo appearance on the third
season of HBO's "Deadwood."

"I went and had one made by the people who do that show. It's not shaped
like your everyday rodeo hat, it's more round," Hill said.

Hill hopes that the person in possession of his Stetson will return the
hat as soon as possible. He even wants to thank the person, should they
choose to return it.

"The thing is, if I were that person, I wouldn't get my satisfaction out
of wearing it or showing it to people under the circumstances," Hill
said. "It's not going to create a lot of enjoyment in their hands."

Friday, January 7, 2011


Two nuggets of news: First, ZZ was apparently supposed to play a 175th
Anniversary concert to raise funds for the Alamo, but that has been

Second, Billy has invested in a tequila company, and while being
interviewed he stated that they had not yet worked with Rick Rubin but
were slated to go into the rehearsal studio in about a week. For a new
album? For the 2011 tour? Who knows. But at least something is

Finally, the full Houston Rodeo entertainment lineup will be announced at 10 am on Monday morning, so we should see if ZZ are playing this year at that time.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Some interesting newzzz about a Tribute album with some big-name contributors

This has been floating around the web today, check it out:

(hennemusic) Aerosmith's Steven Tyler recently jammed with Camp Freddy in Los Angeles. During the jam Mick Fleetwood popped behind the drum kit as Tyler took center stage for the Fleetwood Mac track, "Rattlesnake Shake."
Then, Tyler and band jammed the Aerosmith classic, "Sweet Emotion," before closing out the show with Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love."

But that isn't the only collaboration the two have embarked on. In a new interview, Fleetwood spills the beans on the two rock legends working together. "Steven and Johnny Lang and John McVie and I are doing a track on a new tribute album for ZZ Top," Mick tells the Maui News. "We all got together and we had a ball."