Friday, June 24, 2016

Visions

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Something to Prove

Well after a forced hiatus to allow for Dusty's convalescing the band returns to the stage on June 23 in Birmingham England. No doubt favorable winds will be at their back as the band has always had a faithful and steady following in the UK and greater Europe. But does this show have more importance to it than the thousands that have come before?

ZZ has nothing to prove to anyone nor do they owe anyone anything. 47 years of playing and singing - they've done their part and more. But will they be trying to prove something to each other?

Do they still have it? Can they still operate as a full time band year after year? This is the second major injury for Dusty in a three year span. He's always been a little on the heavy side and smoked for decades. Time catches up to everyone, the members of the Top are no exception.

Maybe they come out with a better set list then what debuted earlier this year? Maybe they play a new song? Maybe they revert to that old fast sizzle and speed of younger days for a few tunes?

Many of the band's followers, those that have been there since the beginning, will of course smile and subconsciously overlook any signs of age or deterioration, whether in appearance, tenacity or skill. After all, they're all in this together. Younger fans like myself will admire and fully respect the years of toil and hard work they've dedicated to their labor of love, but consciously will recognize that finally, likely, their best years are behind them.

No one can do this forever. Better to have one list subtle reinvention and spark to go out on a high note. Let's see what type of future destiny Messrs.' Gibbons, Hill and Beard have elected for themselves.

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Story So Far; Dusty injured

Well up until yesterday things were going pretty smooth. The tour was receiving good reviews and happy fans when Dusty apparently fell backstage yesterday evening and dislocated his shoulder. This is the second major injury for Dusty in the past two years. I don't think it means anything aside from bad luck - he's looked well up on the stage so I don't see any systemic issues afoot.

Anyways the tour has been indefinitely postponed and this type of injury can take four to six weeks to heal. One potential positive outcome is Billy and the guys head back into the studio due to the downtime and finish working on some tracks, maybe even get enough together for a new album (combined with some leftover La Futura cuts).

Lastly I haven't seen any live recordings pop up from this year. If anyone has taped a show or has a source on one please let me know.

Get well soon Dust!

Friday, March 25, 2016

2016 tour

Well the tour is in full swing. Many updates can be found over on ZZ's Facebook fan page (the unofficial one) however be mindful that the posts are often through rose colored glasses. Criticism of the band is not allowed so it's mostly "the greatest" and "amazing show" and all that stuff.

Here at Antenna Head News I've never really minced words and I plan to continue being candid. Case in point the new set list isn't really what I would call new. They added "Beer Drinkers" as the new opener, took away "Sixteen Tons" and also removed the BarBQue and Sloppy Drunk from "La Grange" (as least at some of the gigs). Its basically the same set list since 2014.

But I can't complain too much. The set list changes in 2012 and 2013 were amazing, so we can always hold out hope that some new and rare stuff will creep its way in.

As always I love to hear comments from others so share what's on your mind. As long as it pertains to ZZ I don't censor...

Friday, March 18, 2016

Opening Night

Well today is the day. ZZ once again meets spring with a new road show coming to a municipality near you. Thackerville, OK is first up - a casino that they really play pretty often. Must be a good draw for the area. After all what's better than drinking, gambling and ZZ...well I can think of a few things but no matter.

Just for fun I'll play the set list guessing game. First, the wishful thinking set list:

1) Under Pressure
2) Sleeping Bag
3) I Thank You
4) Bus
5) Jesus
6) Nationwide
7) Gotsta Get Paid
8) Ten Foot Pole
9) Fool For Your Stockings
10) New song off rumored upcoming release
11) Ten Dollar Man
12) Chartruese
13) Gimme
14) Sharp
15) Legs
Encore:
16) Viva
17) Grange
18) Tush
19) Sixteen Tons

and now for reality:

1) Pressure
2) Bus
3) Chicago
4) Pincushion
5) Nationwide
6) Gotsta Get Paid
7) Flyin High
8) X
9) Need You Tonight
10) Sunglasses
11) Foxy
12) Gimme
13) Sharp
14) Legs
Encore
15) Tube
16) Grange
17) Tush

Either way you never know...

Monday, March 7, 2016

Hola Amigos! ¿Como Estas?

Bienvenido a Antenna Head News Senors e Senoritas. Mucho tiempo sin verte.

Appears ZZ has been working on a few new tracks, one of which could appear in the upcoming film "American Dresser". The below article also indicates the new tracks will be played on the upcoming tour to begin this month. Quite a surprise if that comes to fruition.

http://www.newsweek.com/zz-top-billy-gibbons-cars-rockin-roadsters-433799

¿Donde esta el sr. Volto!?