Monday, July 21, 2014: Let that boy Boogie-Woogie! ZZ Top just boogied all over Europe and are launching a wide-ranging U.S. tour this week, accompanied by Jeff Beck on many of the scheduled dates. ZZ Top kicks off July 25th in Morton, Minnesota, with scheduled U.S. dates through November. Guitar legend Jeff Beck is scheduled to join the tour August 8th in Missoula, Montana. Beck will join ZZ Top on stage at the end of each show, guaranteeing a hot guitar finale each night.
And ZZ Top have some new releases dropping just in time for the tour: The Very Baddest of ZZ Topis a greatest hits collection that comes in either a one-disc, 20-song, or two-disc, 40-song version. The single disc version covers three decades of ZZ Top's best, from "Cheap Sunglasses" to "Sharp Dressed Man" to one of their best tracks from the 21st Century, "Mescalero."
The two-disc collection digs even deeper with early classics such as "Pearl Necklace," "Just Got Paid," "Arrested For Driving While Blind," and more, as well as more recent tracks such as "My Head's in Mississippi," "Fearless Boogie," "Que Lastima," and ZZ Top's take on "As Time Goes By," from the the 1942 movie-classic "Casablanca." Several "single versions" of the tracks on these discs were not previously available on CD or as digital downloads.
"We're glad that material originally issued by three different labels over the course of all these years will now be housed under one roof, so to speak. It's kind of a big, bad family reunion on some level," says guitarist Billy Gibbons. Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill, and drummer Frank Beard have maintained the group's original line-up since the band's inception in Houston, Texas, in 1969 and the group's first release, ZZ Top's First Album, in 1971,
The Very Baddest is available Tuesday, July 22nd, as either a digital download or CD.
And in addition to the greatest hits collection, that Little Ol' Band From Texas also releases a new concert DVD July 22nd. "Live at Montreux 2013" will be released on DVD, Blu-Ray, and digital formats. "Live at Montreux" is the band's first live video release since 2008, and features the band performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival. It's also the first time that ZZ Top have performed as a five-piece, with fellow Texans, keyboardist Mike Flanigin and guitarists Van Wilks, sitting in.
For more info on the Very Baddest of ZZ Top, "Live at Montreux 2013," or 2014 ZZ Top tour dates, go to ZZTop.com or visit ZZ Top's Facebook page
Read an interview with Jeff Beck from the Guitar.com archive: Hot Rod Hero -- Jeff Beck on Cars and Guitars
And another: Beck by Popular Demand
And another (with video): Jeff Beck Rock and Roll Party
And our interview with Jeff Beck's Guitar Tech: Jeff Beck's Main Man