ZZ Top’s guitarist cancels final Australian show after backlash

Billy Gibbons (frontman of ZZ Top). Picture: APUPDATE:
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Both ZZ Top and Billy Gibbons have released similar statements following fan backlash at “bizarre” Up Close & Personal concerts with guitarist Billy Gibbons in Wollongong and Newcastle.

Via the rock band’s Facebook the group wrote the expectations of Gibbons’ role “seem not to have been in line with what he was asked to do”. The statement implied miscommunication was to blame and Gibbons was never contracted to play songs but only talk about hot rods.

However the statements failto address why the star failed to meet fans in Newcastle who had paid extra for the VIP experience, nor did it address why Jimmy Shine spent more time talking on stage than Gibbons to the disappointment of fans, nor did it address concerns over where thousands of dollars from a memorabilia auction went or why Gibbons left the Newcastle concert after just 45 minutes.

Advertisements for the show specifically stated it would consist of“intimate life stories, while kicking back with Billy as he plays and reflects on some of his favorite (sic) tunes and famous riffs”.

ZZ TOP Statement regarding Billy Gibbons Up Close & Personal dates in Australia:

Audience expectations regarding Billy Gibbons’ role as a performing musician in the recent Up Close & Personal dates through Australia seem not to have been in line with what he was asked to do when his services were engaged last year.

Mr. Gibbons was contracted to appear on those dates to discuss his passion for custom cars and hot rods with Jimmy Shine and to sign autographs and greet fans with no musical component called for or anticipated in the arrangement. It should be noted that, based on that understanding, he didn’t even bring, nor did he request musical equipment appropriate to such a performance.

It appears that these dates were promoted in such a way as miscommunicate to ticket holders that a substantial musical performance would be part of these events. Billy Gibbons, ever the consummate professional, had not planned nor prepared that kind of program and regrets that his role in those dates appears to him been grossly misstated.

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It seems guitar legend Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top has not been giving all hisloving to fans with outrage continuing once he left the Illawarra.

After leaving hundreds of fans fuming after two “bizarre” shows at Anita’s Theatre in Thirroul, Newcastle’s show on Wednesday wasn’t much different while the fourth and final show in Brisbanehas been cancelled due to “unexpected circumstances”.

Fans who made it to the Civic Theatre in Newcastle reported the Sharp Dressed Man only appeared on stage for 45 minutes and played three songs despite being told it was a two-hour show. While ticket-holders who had paid $200 to meet the star were left without what they paid for.

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ZZ Top’s guitarist cancels final Australian show after backlash The description on advertisements for the show as organised by promoter Rodney Brewer.

The description on advertisements for the show as organised by promoter Rodney Brewer.

Comments after Billy Gibbons’ Newcastle show on January 10.

Comments after Billy Gibbons’ Newcastle show on January 10.

Comments after Billy Gibbons’ Newcastle show on January 10.

Comments after Billy Gibbons’ Newcastle show on January 10.

Comments after Billy Gibbons’ Newcastle show on January 10.

Some of the comments from disgruntled fans on Facebook after Billy Gibbons’ two Thirroul shows on January 5 and 6.

Some of the comments from disgruntled fans on Facebook after Billy Gibbons’ two Thirroul shows on January 5 and 6.

Some of the comments from disgruntled fans on Facebook after Billy Gibbons’ two Thirroul shows on January 5 and 6.

Some of the comments from disgruntled fans on Facebook after Billy Gibbons’ two Thirroul shows on January 5 and 6.

Some of the comments from disgruntled fans on Facebook after Billy Gibbons’ two Thirroul shows on January 5 and 6.

TweetFacebookOne of four songs Billy Gibbons plays in Thirroul on SaturdayPost by One of four songs Billy Gibbons plays in Thirroul on Saturday.

Illawarra Mercurycontacted the promoter Mr Brewer on Tuesday who said he would return with a statement from Gibbons in 10 minutes but failed to respond.

Songs and stories tours by musicians are not new to the Illawarra with veteran rocker Jimmy Barnes set to bring his second tour of that style to Anita’s Theatre this year.The Angels have also had recent success with a national tour in the same vein that stopped by Wollongong.

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