ZZ Top 12/13/19

Coming to DVD and Blu-ray on February 28th is ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas. Guitarist Billy F. Gibbons said of the doc which premiered nationwide earlier this year, “I think even our most steadfast fans will find themselves surprised by what they learn about those men behind the beards and cheap sunglasses. There we are, up there on the silver screen and it’s something we’re delighted to share with fans of all stripes.”

According to the press release for the film, “Buoyed by candid band interviews, never-before-seen archive, animation, celebrity fan testimonials from Billy Bob Thornton and Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and an intimate performance at the oldest dance hall in Texas, historic Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, that was shot exclusively for the film, That Little Ol’ Band From Texas runs the gamut, from the absurd to the poignant, from squalid bars to MTV heroics, all in celebration of this notoriously private but larger-than-life power trio. In the end, the film unravels the extraordinary tale of a band whose image we know, but whose story we don’t.”

Alongside the film, the DVD / Blu-ray also includes two live performance segments featuring 18 minutes of the Gruene Hall performance, along with the Ham Estate Archive, which spotlights rare pre-Eliminator ZZ Top concert footage from 1976 and 1981.

Although ZZ Top is known for playing all their major hits every night, guitarist Billy F. Gibbons told us that band is always trying to sneak in a few rarities into it’s live show: [“We covered most of the bases, we pulled out a couple of things. That’ll probably remain as part of the presentation. The middle section of the arranged set list has three wildcard slots, and we take turns who’s gonna call the first one. So we have to know the catalogue, 165 songs deep, of ZZ Top compositions. It keeps us on our toes, but that’s what we enjoy. We still love playing.”] SOUNDCUE (:24 OC. . . still love playing)

  • ZZ Top tour dates (subject to change):
    December 29 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Casino Resort
    December 31 – Durant, OK – Choctaw Grand Theatre
    February 14 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
    April 25 – Stagecoach 2020 – AT&T Center
    May 13 Thunder Bay, ON – Community Auditorium
    May 23, 24 – St Johns, NL – Mile One Centre

SOURCE: Press release

TL; DR

  • Coming to DVD and Blu-ray on February 28th is ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas.
  • Guitarist Billy F. Gibbons said of the doc which premiered nationwide earlier this year, “I think even our most steadfast fans will find themselves surprised by what they learn about those men behind the beards and cheap sunglasses. There we are, up there on the silver screen and it’s something we’re delighted to share with fans of all stripes.”

SIDE NOTES

  • Out now is ZZ Top‘s triple-disc career-spanning collection Goin’ 50. The 51-track set includes all of ZZ Top’s most beloved tracks — including such classics as  “La Grange,” “Tush,” “Cheap Sunglasses,” “I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide,” “Pearl Necklace,” “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Legs,” “Sleeping Bag,” “Stages,” “Rough Boy,” and “Velcro Fly,” among many others.
  • Also featured are two bonus tracks, “Salt Lick” and “Miller’s Farm” — a single and B-side respectively — recorded in 1969 by the original incarnation of the band.

FAST FACTS

  • ZZ Top musical in the works. The show, titled Sharp Dressed Man, is currently in development, and set to open in 2020. Bandmembers Billy GibbonsDusty Hill, and Frank Beard will serve as executive producers — with “Las Vegas-based Caesars Entertainment, led by Michael Gruber and Jason Gastwirth developing the jukebox musical.”
  • According to the press release announcing the production, “Sharp Dressed Man is an outrageous, bawdy musical romp about a Lone Star auto mechanic who becomes a modern-day Robin Hood, stealing hearts — and car parts — with the help of his merry band of beer drinkers and hell raisers.” No opening night or venue has been announced yet.