ZZ Top and Jeff BeckAug 27 , 2014 DTE Energy Music Theatre
Music legends and mutual admirers, ZZ Top and Jeff Beck will tour together for the first time this summer, bringing the show to DTE Energy Music Theatre on Aug. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets at $75, $49.50 and $30 in the pavilion, $25 on the lawn and a limited number of $60 lawn four-packs go on sale at Palacenet.com, Livenation.com, The Palace Ticket Store and all Ticketmaster locations. Tickets may be also charged by phone to American Express, Discover, Visa and MasterCard by calling 800.745.3000.
With musical synergy in mind, fans will get a full Jeff Beck set, a full ZZ Top set and a joint finale with the English fret master and the Texas rockers.
ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, speaking for bandmates Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, noted that Beck has long been a source of musical inspiration for them when Beck played in the Yardbirds, the seminal hard blues-based Brit rock band.
“Ever since experiencing ‘Jeff’s Boogie,’ the prospect of performance with Jeff Beck on the deck brings us into focus with the curator of crunch,” Gibbons said.
Likewise, Beck has been an enduring fan of ZZ Top, even before their ascendance in popularity in the 1970’s and 1980’s.
“Since Eliminator I thought it would be great to play with ZZ Top,” Beck said, declaring Gibbons, “The Professor of Grunge.”
This tour is not the first live collaboration between the two camps. Gibbons joined Jeff Beck and his band on stage at the 25th anniversary celebration of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 at Madison Square Garden, where they performed The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s “Foxy Lady” and ZZ Top’s hit “Rough Boy.” The following year Jeff Beck joined ZZ Top in Lucca, Italy for an extended rendition of the band’s signature piece “La Grange.”
ZZ Top, formed in the Houston, Texas in 1969, became a huge national touring act in the 1970’s and a darling of MTV in the 1980’s, going on to sell tens of millions of records. Their unique hybrid of dirty blues, hard rock, incorporating new sounds and technology, earned them induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 with Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones doing the honors.
Jeff Beck, two-time Rock And Roll Hall of Famer with The Yardbirds in 1992 and on his own in 2009, helped set the template in the 1960’s for the solo-heavy, feedback-laden, rock guitar hero archetype. He formed the Jeff Beck Group by the end of that decade with then-unknown vocalist Rod Stewart, eventually going solo, with forays into fusion and beyond in the mid-70s. Beck has been working on a new studio album, his first since the 2010 critically acclaimed Emotion & Commotion release, which earned him two Grammy Awards and the highest charting debut in his career.
ZZ Top and Jeff Beck at DTE Energy Music Theatre is part of the Belle Tire Concert Series.
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