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ZZ Top happy to be hanging with Kid Rock this summer

@graffonmusic, Facebook.com/Gary Graff on Music

Posted: Thursday, August 8, 2013

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Putting noted rabble rousers like Kid Rock & Twisted Brown Trucker together with ZZ Top for an extended summer run seems like a potentially -- well, dangerous idea, which the latter's guitarist Billy Gibbons feels "is a good word" for the association.

But Gibbons says he and his bandmtes have nothing but good things to say about Rock and his band and especially the $20 ticket price he introduced for this tour.

"A $20 ain't a bad deal," note Gibbons, 63. "It's a good value. I think the time has come. If you really want to share the experience, let's make it affordable and appealing for a great night out."

The tour catches Gibbons and his bandmates -- bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard (who, as most know, is the only member of ZZ Top [i]without[/i] a beard) -- at an eventful juncture in their nearly 45-years together. The Texas trio released a new album, "La Futura," in 2012 and Gibbons says there are at least another 10 tracks available from those sessions. Meanwhile the group released a box set of its first 10 album, while Gibbons is teaming with Kid Rock and Matt Sweeney on another musical project.

and ZZ Top's 1983 hit "Sharp Dressed Man" is enjoying new life thanks to its use as the theme song for A&E's hit reality show "Duck Dynasty."

"Their popularity is a bonus for us," Gibbons acknowledges. "When ZZ Top gets pushed forward like that, it always helps. I was in Spain recently and I saw 'Duck Dynasty' in Spanish language subtitles.

"But it doesn't matter where you are; 'Sharp Dressed Man' comes through, no matter what language you're speaking."

Kid Rock & Twisted Brown Trucker and ZZ Top perform at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9-11, 13, 16, 17, 19-20 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Local Detroit-area bands will open each night, with Citizen Zero on Aug. 9-10. Tickets are sold-out. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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