Saturday, June 18, 2016

ZZ Top Releasing Live Greatest Hits Album

via Press Release

With seven Billboard Top 10 albums to their name, multiple Platinum album certifications all over the world and a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the legendary ZZ Top are officially the world’s longest running rock band with its original line-up intact. Now after over 45 years together, the Texan trio are finally set to release their first official live album, Greatest Hits Live, on August 12 via Suretone Records.

Recorded over the course of several tours in cities all around the world, Greatest Hits Live picks the greatest moments and biggest hits from ZZ Top’s illustrious back cataloge captured with the phenomenal energy of their renowned live performances.

Greatest Hits Live covers everything from their breakthrough hit La Grange plus three snappy blues-rock classics from the 1973 album Tres Hombres, through to their huge crossover hits, Gimme All Your Lovin’, Sharp Dressed Man, Legs, and then to the present day with their recent collaboration with Jeff Beck on the Tennessee Ernie Ford / Merle Travis standard Sixteen Tons.

“We spend the biggest stretch of every year out on the road, whippin' wire, poundin' skin, and rockin' it way up,” says Billy F. Gibbons. “This is the true document of life de la ZZ. In an abstract surrealism style, this collection is a definitive chronicle of the band hangin' together for four plus deluxe decades, getting down to do what we get to do. Enjoy and listen to loudness!”

The album will be on released on CD, gatefold LP, and digitally through all streaming and download stores.

Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard formed ZZ Top in Houston late in 1969. Their third album, 1973’s Tres Hombres, catapulted them to national attention with the hit La Grange, which is still one of the band’s signature songs today. The band’s momentum and success built during its first decade, culminating in the legendary World Wide Texas Tour, a production that included a longhorn steer, a buffalo, buzzards, rattlesnakes and a Texas-shaped stage.

1983’s Eliminator album mixed their fiery blues roots with tech-age trappings that soon found a visual outlet with the nascent MTV. The trio became music video icons throughout the album’s three smash singles, Gimme All Your Lovin’, Sharp Dressed Man and Legs. The melding of grungy guitar-based blues with synth-pop was seamless and continued with the follow-up album Afterburner as they continued their chart juggernaut.

ZZ Top had accomplished the impossible; they had moved with the times while simultaneously bucking ephemeral trends that crossed their path. They had become more popular and more iconic without ever having to be flavour of the week. They had become a certified rock institution, contemporary in every way, yet still completely connected to the founding fathers of the genre.

Along the way, they performed in front millions of fans through North America on numerous landmarks tours as well as overseas where they’ve enthralled audiences from Slovenia to Argentina, from Australia to Sweden, from Russia to Japan and most places in-between. The band’s discography continued to grow throughout, most recently with 2012’s fifteenth studio album La Futura, co-produced by Rick Rubin and Billy Gibbons. The Guardian’s review stated: “The band sound both timely and timeless… It's an unexpectedly wonderful return from an undervalued band.”

ZZ Top will play a special warm-up show at the O2 Academy Birmingham next week before playing Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage at 6:15 PM on Friday, June 24. They’ll then spend much of July touring Europe before hitting the road throughout North America for dates which include shows with Gregg Allman and Gov’t Mule.

The track list:

  • Got Me Under Pressure (New York)
  • Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers (Las Vegas)
  • Cheap Sunglasses (Paris)
  • Waitin’ For The Bus (Chicago)
  • Jesus Just Left Chicago (Chicago)
  • Legs (São Paolo)
  • Sharp Dressed Man (Los Angeles)
  • Rough Boy (London) (with Jeff Beck)
  • Pincushion (Berlin)
  • La Grange (Dallas)
  • I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide (Vancouver)
  • Tube Snake Boogie (Rome)
  • Gimme All Your Lovin' (Houston)
  • Tush (Nashville)
  • Sixteen Tons (London) (with Jeff Beck)