Gibbons: The next ZZ Top Las Vegas Strip race will coincide with the NFR

Billy F. Gibbons is originally from Houston and now lives in Las Vegas. But like his pal and fellow rocker Franky Perez said, “Billy is a citizen of the world. He goes wherever he is. »

On Thursday night, Gibbons stamped his passport at the new Sand Dollar Lounge Downtown at the Plaza. The offshoot of the famous Sand Dollar Lounge on Polaris Avenue and Spring Mountain Road opened about a month ago. Gibbons joined Perez FXP group, after a two-hour set of John Popper of blues travelerin a rowdy first broadcast.

The group of Gibbons and Perez (with Christian Brady on guitar Doctor Ellis on bass and Todd Waetzig on drums), floored him through a set that included High ZZ the hymns “Waitin’ On the Bus”, “I Thank You”, “La Grange”, “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Gimme All Your Loving”.

Gibbons said he felt at home at the rock club not far from his Las Vegas home.

“It’s a bonus to take the deck knowing there are professionals ready to break loose and come down,” Gibbons said in the club’s Green Room minutes after leaving the stage. “Everyone comes here to have a good time, and when you deliver a good time, it’s a double bonus. They were going crazy there… This place is so smooth and shiny. I’m not complaining.

Gibbons arrived armed with more than his trademark beard and his trusty Gibson 5G. He also delivered some news. ZZ Top returns to the Venetian Theater for seven shows in tandem with the National Finals Rodeo from December 1-10.

Gibbons also plays the national anthem on guitar at the NFR at the Thomas & Mack Center on one of those dates.

A new ZZ Top album is also in the works, the live recording “Raw”, scheduled for July 22, with “Brown Sugar”, “La Grange” and “Tube Snake Boogie” available now for download. “Raw” is the release is the soundtrack to the Netflix documentary “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas.”

Like the title, the music is really raw, played live. Gibbons and his comrades Dusty Hill and Frank Beard expected the event to be just a photo shoot to accompany the documentary. The session was to take place in 2019 at Gruene Hall, billed as “Texas’ oldest continuous dance hall.” The photos were to promote the documentary by showing the band in a rustic, honky-tonk environment.

“It wasn’t supposed to be a recording session. We show up at Gruene Hall, which has been open since around 1900, and I expected we were going to take a few shots and leave,” Gibbons said. “But the wires crossed and the whole scene, the whole ZZ Top show, was set up. Then there was a camera jam – the infamous camera jam! – and 10 minutes turned into 30. I looked at Frank and Dusty and said, “We might as well turn up the speed”. ”

The result was a two-hour set that tightens your spine. The album was made up of 11 songs. Gibbons played a few bars of “Honky Tonk” on his phone, smiled, and said, “We’re just jamming.” The album is dedicated “in the true memory” of bassist Dusty Hill, who passed away last July. Long time ZZ Top guitar technology Elwood Francis intervened. As Gibbons says, “It’s been in the family for 35 years, and now it’s like ZZ Top is a new band.”

New track for Perez

Perez is a Las Vegas native who met Gibbons opening for ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynd’s 2003 US tour (this series played at the Mandalay Bay Events Center and Orleans Arena). Perez is still Gibbons’ Vegas traveling companion and timed the release of his latest single, “90’s Love Song” on Friday. The song is on Perez’s upcoming album, “Crossing the Great Divide.”

Perez also said Friday that he and some investment partners will open a Liquidation Nation furniture store from mid-June to late June. The business opens at the corner of Decatur Boulevard and Oquendo Road. Furniture, exercise equipment and more will be on sale.

“Is it random, or what?” laughed Perez. “I want to build a really cool business with good business.”

Not done giving random updates, Perez added that he and Gibbons are teaming up on a taco truck, which will be set up in the Liquidation Nation parking lot (and we’re planning, elsewhere). Perez isn’t ready to give the title just yet, saying, “We’re just hinting at it now.” But we’re combing through ZZ Top’s discography for clues.

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Staying ‘in voice’ here, Perez’s band play Club Madrid at 8pm on Saturday. Expect some serious rock ‘n’ roll, including the new single. Don’t expect to pay for coverage.

John Katsilometes’ column airs daily in Section A. His “PodKats!” podcast can be found at reviewjournal.com/podcasts. Contact him at [email protected] Follow @johnnykats on Twitter, @JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.

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