Billy F Gibbons and the Big Bad Blues

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  1. Denton

    Denton Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    While most of you watched interminable election "results" on the tube, I felt the need to escape. I caught Billy's Big Bad Blues tour band in a live show. I'm pleased to report that it includes Matt Sorum and Austin Hanks, both of whom perform on the recording. Sorum is a terrific (Kenny Aronoff terrific) drummer (Guns and Roses, Velvet Revolver) as well a good vocalist. (He provided the lead vocal on their cover of "Whole Lotta Love"). Really.

    The band has no bass player. Billy explained that the matching guitars that he and Hanks were playing have circuitry that allows them to provide the low end via the bass strings on those guitars. Whatever. It worked. Elwood Francis was on stage part of the time providing excellent guitar and harmonica and a bit of freestyle. Yes, really. Great fun!
     
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    DYohn Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    I love this album - except for the very last track which feels like a tack-on and just doesn't belong.
     
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    Denton Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    The live show included lots of ZZ Top tunes. Billy even screwed the transition from "Just Got Paid" to "Jesus Just Left Chicago". "I fucked up", he said. :openmouth:
     
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    DYohn Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    I think at this point Billy's allowed a few fuck-ups. :thumbsup:
     
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    Denton Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    That last track is a Bo Diddley tune. It worked live, meshing well with Billy's sense of humor.
     
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    DYohn Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    Yea, well, it doesn't work at all for this listener. :)
     
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    Perfectamundo arriving sometime this month maybe according to Amazon. Big Bad Blues made me order it a while ago.
     
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    DYohn Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    Billy Gibbons story. Back in the dark ages of 1974 I worked 3 stops of a ZZ Top tour when they played St. Louis, Columbia, and Kansas City, MO. Billy was a fine gentleman who made it a point of introducing himself and shaking hands with everyone who worked his shows, even lowly part-time roadies like me. At the KC show he handed out playing cards printed with Victorian porn images saying they were "aspirational." We clipped them to our backstage credentials. :blush:
     
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    jasn Well-Known Member Donor Top Poster

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    I have no doubt that Mr. Gibbons is every bit a gentleman and as cool as described, but I just can't get past the autotune vocals on this and several other ZZ albums. How did he deal with this on the road? Does it's absense make these songs better?

    Please excuse the threadcrap, but this has been festering in me ever since the last fawning thread about his latest release.
     

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