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  posted on 8/15/2008 at 11:50 AM
Wonder if the ABB is paying attention, has it would certainly be cool for them to do a similar type of tour.

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ZZ Top To Tour Smaller U.S. Venues:

ZZ Top (Billy F Gibbons, Frank Beard, and Dusty Hill), after touring and recording for the past 39 years and have decided to embark on a tour that will bring them even closer, literally, to their legions of fans. Kicking off in Wichita, Kansa, on September 26, the ZZ Top In Your Face Tour will bring the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers to the kind of intimate venues they played much earlier in their tenure as Rock’s the longest running band with original personnel intact. For six weeks this fall, the trio forswears stadiums, arenas, and festivals for small theaters where they expect to connect very directly with their audience.

Guitarist Billy F Gibbons explains, “Earlier this year, because of a routing quirk, we accepted a ‘fill-in’ date at a little old theater in Knoxville. That experience reminded us of our roots, both in terms of a stripped-down, gut-bucket musical approach and the direct connection with the people who came to see us. So we said, ‘why not do this on a more extended basis and have some real fun?’”

Though they’ve just come back from Europe where they played to monumental crowds at festivals in eight countries, the band was game to revisit the experience and, as bassist Dusty Hill puts it, “We figured it would be a kick to, so to speak, get in people’s faces and the idea for this tour was born.”

Drummer Frank Beard added, “To actually be able to see whole audience and interact with them like this is a throwback to our early days and who wouldn’t want to go back in time?”

The ZZ Top In Your Face Tour runs for six weeks this fall and brings the band to some major markets including Minneapolis, Nashville, Cleveland, St. Louis, Denver, Indianapolis, and Kansas City, and some much smaller locales where they haven’t played in many years, including Grand Forks, North Dakota; Fort Smith, Arkansas; Huntington, West Virginia; and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


 
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  posted on 8/15/2008 at 11:57 AM
They're playing a local casino - smaller venue - with top ticket price of $100 which caused my jaw to drop. Love ZZ - have seen them many times but won't be paying $100 to see them.

 

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  posted on 8/15/2008 at 12:21 PM
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They're playing a local casino - smaller venue - with top ticket price of $100 which caused my jaw to drop. Love ZZ - have seen them many times but won't be paying $100 to see them.


Thats the same thing I say about the ABB, no way will I pay that much.

Not many bands that I would pay that kind of money.

Candlemass...maybe.

 

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  posted on 8/15/2008 at 12:40 PM
$100 is not too far fetched theses days, especially with the smaller venues they plan to play. I mean, look at the Allmans at the Beacon, top seats are now $150 and they sold it out. sad but true, the passion for live music has become an expensive one. I bet even with the C-note price tag, ZZTop will do very well with this tour.
 

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  posted on 8/15/2008 at 01:14 PM
It's interesting they're doing the small venue schtick now. Even back in the '70s Bill Ham had them playing arenas even if they could only do theater sized business there.

 

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  posted on 8/15/2008 at 01:26 PM
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It's interesting they're doing the small venue schtick now. Even back in the '70s Bill Ham had them playing arenas even if they could only do theater sized business there.



Bill Ham is out of the picture now, thats why they are doing things the way they want.

I saw them during 72 at Municipal Auditorium, best show I ever seen in my life. Tres Hombres had not even came out yet. It was during the Rio Gande Mud tour. I also saw them pack Atlanta Stadium in the 70's during the World Wide Texas Tour.

Bill Ham is what almost ruined them, good to see them get away from him.

 

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  posted on 8/15/2008 at 01:37 PM
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It's interesting they're doing the small venue schtick now. Even back in the '70s Bill Ham had them playing arenas even if they could only do theater sized business there.



Bill Ham is out of the picture now, thats why they are doing things the way they want.

I saw them during 72 at Municipal Auditorium, best show I ever seen in my life. Tres Hombres had not even came out yet. It was during the Rio Gande Mud tour. I also saw them pack Atlanta Stadium in the 70's during the World Wide Texas Tour.

Bill Ham is what almost ruined them, good to see them get away from him.



A pissed off Bill Ham personally kicked a friend of mine and me out of the backstage at arena show in the Midwest circa 1975 or so. They were playing to about 800 people in a 5,000 capacity ice rink. No wonder Bill was mad. They did kick butt I must say. I've seen them since and always been amused though I'm afraid I don't take them seriously.

 

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It's interesting they're doing the small venue schtick now. Even back in the '70s Bill Ham had them playing arenas even if they could only do theater sized business there.



Bill Ham is out of the picture now, thats why they are doing things the way they want.

I saw them during 72 at Municipal Auditorium, best show I ever seen in my life. Tres Hombres had not even came out yet. It was during the Rio Gande Mud tour. I also saw them pack Atlanta Stadium in the 70's during the World Wide Texas Tour.

Bill Ham is what almost ruined them, good to see them get away from him.



A pissed off Bill Ham personally kicked a friend of mine and me out of the backstage at arena show in the Midwest circa 1975 or so. They were playing to about 800 people in a 5,000 capacity ice rink. No wonder Bill was mad. They did kick butt I must say. I've seen them since and always been amused though I'm afraid I don't take them seriously.



I hope they try and go back to some of the sounds of the first 3 albums. I would love to see a show with music just from those 3 albums.

 

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It's interesting they're doing the small venue schtick now. Even back in the '70s Bill Ham had them playing arenas even if they could only do theater sized business there.



Bill Ham is out of the picture now, thats why they are doing things the way they want.

I saw them during 72 at Municipal Auditorium, best show I ever seen in my life. Tres Hombres had not even came out yet. It was during the Rio Gande Mud tour. I also saw them pack Atlanta Stadium in the 70's during the World Wide Texas Tour.

Bill Ham is what almost ruined them, good to see them get away from him.



A pissed off Bill Ham personally kicked a friend of mine and me out of the backstage at arena show in the Midwest circa 1975 or so. They were playing to about 800 people in a 5,000 capacity ice rink. No wonder Bill was mad. They did kick butt I must say. I've seen them since and always been amused though I'm afraid I don't take them seriously.



I hope they try and go back to some of the sounds of the first 3 albums. I would love to see a show with music just from those 3 albums.


It isnt a ZZ Top show without Legs and Sharped Dressed Man and Velcro Fly

 

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It's interesting they're doing the small venue schtick now. Even back in the '70s Bill Ham had them playing arenas even if they could only do theater sized business there.



Bill Ham is out of the picture now, thats why they are doing things the way they want.

I saw them during 72 at Municipal Auditorium, best show I ever seen in my life. Tres Hombres had not even came out yet. It was during the Rio Gande Mud tour. I also saw them pack Atlanta Stadium in the 70's during the World Wide Texas Tour.

Bill Ham is what almost ruined them, good to see them get away from him.



A pissed off Bill Ham personally kicked a friend of mine and me out of the backstage at arena show in the Midwest circa 1975 or so. They were playing to about 800 people in a 5,000 capacity ice rink. No wonder Bill was mad. They did kick butt I must say. I've seen them since and always been amused though I'm afraid I don't take them seriously.



I hope they try and go back to some of the sounds of the first 3 albums. I would love to see a show with music just from those 3 albums.


It isnt a ZZ Top show without Legs and Sharped Dressed Man and Velcro Fly


If you would have seen them in 72, you would probably feel different.

 

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  posted on 8/15/2008 at 02:51 PM
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It's interesting they're doing the small venue schtick now. Even back in the '70s Bill Ham had them playing arenas even if they could only do theater sized business there.



Bill Ham is out of the picture now, thats why they are doing things the way they want.

I saw them during 72 at Municipal Auditorium, best show I ever seen in my life. Tres Hombres had not even came out yet. It was during the Rio Gande Mud tour. I also saw them pack Atlanta Stadium in the 70's during the World Wide Texas Tour.

Bill Ham is what almost ruined them, good to see them get away from him.



A pissed off Bill Ham personally kicked a friend of mine and me out of the backstage at arena show in the Midwest circa 1975 or so. They were playing to about 800 people in a 5,000 capacity ice rink. No wonder Bill was mad. They did kick butt I must say. I've seen them since and always been amused though I'm afraid I don't take them seriously.



I hope they try and go back to some of the sounds of the first 3 albums. I would love to see a show with music just from those 3 albums.


It isnt a ZZ Top show without Legs and Sharped Dressed Man and Velcro Fly


If you would have seen them in 72, you would probably feel different.


I saw them then those were the days.

I saw them earlier this summer and thought it was a great show. I'm seriously thinking about going to see them at the Ryman in Nashville

 

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It's interesting they're doing the small venue schtick now. Even back in the '70s Bill Ham had them playing arenas even if they could only do theater sized business there.



Bill Ham is out of the picture now, thats why they are doing things the way they want.

I saw them during 72 at Municipal Auditorium, best show I ever seen in my life. Tres Hombres had not even came out yet. It was during the Rio Gande Mud tour. I also saw them pack Atlanta Stadium in the 70's during the World Wide Texas Tour.

Bill Ham is what almost ruined them, good to see them get away from him.



A pissed off Bill Ham personally kicked a friend of mine and me out of the backstage at arena show in the Midwest circa 1975 or so. They were playing to about 800 people in a 5,000 capacity ice rink. No wonder Bill was mad. They did kick butt I must say. I've seen them since and always been amused though I'm afraid I don't take them seriously.



I hope they try and go back to some of the sounds of the first 3 albums. I would love to see a show with music just from those 3 albums.


It isnt a ZZ Top show without Legs and Sharped Dressed Man and Velcro Fly


If you would have seen them in 72, you would probably feel different.


I saw them then those were the days.

I saw them earlier this summer and thought it was a great show. I'm seriously thinking about going to see them at the Ryman in Nashville


I was 16, yes those were the days. I had long hair instead of a reverse Mohawk(hair on the sides and none in the middle. )

All the freaks used to hang out at the Big Apple parking lot....dozens of us. Like a big family of drug heads..LOL !

Yep, that was 36 years ago..........

 

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It's interesting they're doing the small venue schtick now. Even back in the '70s Bill Ham had them playing arenas even if they could only do theater sized business there.



Bill Ham is out of the picture now, thats why they are doing things the way they want.

I saw them during 72 at Municipal Auditorium, best show I ever seen in my life. Tres Hombres had not even came out yet. It was during the Rio Gande Mud tour. I also saw them pack Atlanta Stadium in the 70's during the World Wide Texas Tour.

Bill Ham is what almost ruined them, good to see them get away from him.



A pissed off Bill Ham personally kicked a friend of mine and me out of the backstage at arena show in the Midwest circa 1975 or so. They were playing to about 800 people in a 5,000 capacity ice rink. No wonder Bill was mad. They did kick butt I must say. I've seen them since and always been amused though I'm afraid I don't take them seriously.



I hope they try and go back to some of the sounds of the first 3 albums. I would love to see a show with music just from those 3 albums.



Amen to that, and I them go ahead and gouge me for it.....

This is a true story from the early days. Probably a little earlier...They booked a show in Manvel, TX and three people showed up. Somebody wondered out loud if they were going to play and Billy said, "Well.....Three of them and three of us....We're playin it!"

 

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