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Blues-rock stalwarts ZZ Top ready for a big run in Vegas


ZZ Top is still Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard. By )

Wednesday, April 18, 2018|2 a.m.

It’s hard to think anyone would mistake the members of ZZ Top for anyone aside from ZZ Top, however that’s what took place the very first time the band visited Las Vegas.

“All I knew of Las Vegas was what we saw on films and TELEVISION, so all of us headed out and rented tuxedos because that’s what I thought you ‘d use when you head out in the evening. We were Frank [Sinatra] and the kids,” describes Dusty Hill. “And everyone kept aiming to buy drinks from me. We were the only people in tuxedos.”

Regardless of that preliminary experience, the bass gamer for the iconic Texas blues and boogie-rock outfit still loves Las Vegas. ZZ Top shot a remarkable music video for its cover of “Viva Las Vegas” on Fremont Street years prior to its illuminated canopy was set up, and the band has been known to play other Elvis tunes throughout performance encores.

Absolutely expect some Elvis if you have a look at ZZ Top’s five-show perform at the Venetian starting this weekend.

“I’m a fan of Las Vegas and constantly have actually been, on lots of levels,” states Hill, who will commemorate 50 years together as a band with guitarist Billy Gibbons and drummer Frank Beard next year. “Vegas to me is a location like Hollywood or New York where you can walk and people recognize you but it resembles, hey, that’s cool, and after that we happen with our lives. You’re not just there to see me onstage, you exist to play and have a good time.”

With its numerous hits– from 1973’s “La Grange” to 1983’s “Legs”– and equally recognizable look of beards, hats and guitars, ZZ Top is a natural choice for a Vegas mini-residency, however Hill states this is the first time the band has actually done a run like this anywhere.

“We’ve been wanting to try this for a while, even prior to it ended up being the thing to do,” he states. “To have more than one day in any town is various for us. We’re continuously.”

However making a longer stop in Vegas isn’t out of the concern. Hill has spoken with his buddies in Brooks & & Dunn about their residency at the Colosseum (co-headlining with Reba McEntire) and it seems like he can see ZZ Top exploring such an option. “I do not know if I want to change my name to Celine but we would not just do this without an eye towards the future. This is kind of an experience for us but one we’ve been wanting to do. We’ll see how it goes.”

By design, the band’s typically busy tour schedule is a little lighter in 2018. There are big plans for next year’s anniversary as ZZ Top is extremely proud of its longevity.

“We are unique due to the fact that we’re the same 3 men, and as Billy states, playing the same 3 chords,” Hill says. “We got a couple of things going on, a documentary we’re dealing with, some music things we’re dealing with, doing Vegas this year and popping around the country a little bit for the summer season. Exactly what we’re constructing and preparing for next year is quite comprehensive. The 50th only comes as soon as.”

ZZ Top carries out at 8 p.m. April 20, 21, 25, 27 and 28 at the Venetian Theatre (3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 702-414-1000) and more details can be found at venetian.com.

Best Bets: Calibash, The Moody Blues, Bell Biv DeVoe and more for your Las Vegas weekend


Mark Owens The Moody Blues open a four-show perform at Repetition Theater this

from traditional rock to Latin pop to hip-hop. Go forth and listen, and perhaps catch a hot brand-new program at Paris Las Vegas, too. THE MOODY BLUES The English icons and prog-rock pioneers are bringing their” Days of Future Passed” 50th anniversary trip to Wynn’s Encore Theater for 4 programs extending beyond the weekend on Tuesday, Jan. 30. and Wednesday, Jan. 31. Expect an opening set of greatest hits followed by a performance of 1967’s groundbreaking album of the same name in its whole. Jan. 26 & 27, information at wynnlasvegas.com. INFERNO The latest production program to

strike the Strip combines cinematic pyrotechnics with illusions and action-packed stuntwork at the Paris Theater. “Inferno,” conceived by Swedish magician and “Illusionist of the Decade “award-winner Joe Labero, made a fiery launching this week and continues Wednesdays through Sundays. Jan. 26-28, information at caesars.com. DIVAS DAY OUT Yearly females’s occasion Divas Day Out is back at the South Point all

day Saturday, featuring totally free admission and parking with access to numerous businesses displaying their offerings; tons of local information on house design, education, charm, fitness, family management and preparation; and home entertainment from” Divas Las Vegas “star Frank Marino and the Thunder From Down Under male revue. Jan. 27, details at divasdayoutlasvegas.com. Related material BELL BIV DEVOE The hip-hop/R & B trio behind” Poison”– you know, that songyou still dance to when it

begins the radio– are touring steadily again thanks to a boost from last year’s BET miniseries “The New Edition Story.” BBD takes the phase at Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday night with support from SWV( “Weak, “” Right Here,” “I’m So Into You “) and rap attires EPMD and Whodini. Jan. 27, details at mandalaybay.com. CALIBASH If you were looking forward to capturing last year’s breakthrough Latin super star Luis Fonsi(” Despacito”) at the 2nd Calibash Las Vegas performance at T-Mobile Arena, you run out luck. But he’s been changed on this all-star bill with Park Theater resident Ricky Martin, who joins Jennifer Lopez, increasing reggaeton artists Farruko, Ozuna and Bad Bunny, and more. Jan. 27, details at calibashlasvegas.com.

Talking with the Eagles’ Joe Walsh, back at your home of Blues


Philip Marcias The famous Eagles guitarist plays 3 shows at your home of Blues at Mandalay Bay this week.

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017|2 a.m.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joe Walsh is back at your home of Blues this week, offseting some held off September dates and delighted to be back on the Vegas stage after an effective perform at the Mandalay Bay mainstay in January. But the Strip ought to probably get utilized to seeing the famous guitarist– he hinted that the most recent version of the Eagles, playing without the terrific Glenn Frey who passed away in 2015, is planning a big tour that must make a minimum of one Vegas stop. Here’s the rest of my discussion with Walsh:

You’re doing 3 programs today and last time you did six. What do you prefer to do when you get additional time in Las Vegas? Generally if there’s a show that we haven’t seen we’ll try and go. Of course, my better half goes immediately to the shopping mall. I have to have a night off or 2 because I need to rest, but I absolutely want to capture a program. It’s just hard to decide which one to go to. I like Las Vegas, however I never ever get a chance to play a club like your home of Blues. I think we’ve graduated to a larger scale than that. When the Eagles can be found in and play, that’s on a grand scale. However [Home of Blues] reminds me of the old days. I love remaining in a small club where everybody has an excellent seat and we don’t look like ants. And you can feel the audience, that makes it type of magical and I miss out on that. I guess I have the very best of both worlds.

You recently played your very first benefit show for VetsAid, your new charity that benefits smaller sized organizations throughout the nation. You have actually been included with this cause for years. Why was the time right to start VetsAid this year? My daddy passed away in 1949 while serving in the Army Air Corps. I was really a Gold Star kid however in ’49 they didn’t [call it] that. I always felt type of alone. I always wondered what he resembled and exactly what he would have considered me. So the idea of Gold Star families truly resonates with me, I’ve been there, and there are a growing number of them these days … We are at war and it’s continuous and there’s no end in sight. Increasingly more guys are coming back from it and the shift back to civilian life is almost too big a mountain to climb up. I have actually been able to satisfy a great deal of veterinarians at various functions and events and it simply struck me that I need to step it up a notch, and I have a lot of peers who feel the same way. And I have actually learned that between the coasts, there are a lot of smaller companies that don’t have any spending plan, simply doing the best they can, some are run by vets, and they are saving lives. What I want to do is help keep them going, and also raise public awareness about exactly what these men coming home are up versus.

The classic Eagles album “Hotel California” is coming out as a 40th anniversary luxurious edition this month, in the nick of time for the vacations. How has the way you think of the album altered for many years? I think when it was done, after we invested just under a year working on it, we had lost our perspective on it but understood it was quite darn good. We had no idea it was going to impact that lots of people. It was unprecedented. We were astonished. It really developed into a huge deal. I’m so proud to have actually belonged to creating that album due to the fact that a lot of artists never ever get to experience that. “Grateful” is a much better word. However when we were doing the Eagles documentary, we went into the vault where we attempted to keep whatever and found an entire performance we tape-recorded we didn’t even understand we had. So that becomes part of the big box. It’s excellent to view. I can’t believe how young we are– I do not even keep in mind being that young. But we played our asses off. I believe that’s the part of the repackaging that makes it juicy.

You likewise played some Eagles shows recently with Vince Gill and Deacon Frey, Glenn’s son. Are you preparing more? Yes we are. You understand, we had to try. We didn’t know if we could do it, so we had to attempt. Glenn’s son stated fine and stepped up, he’s 23 and he’s excellent. He doesn’t know he’s terrific however he’s great, which actually helped us spiritually. Then we got Vince Gill and he completed that ghost voice in the harmonies, and he’s a fantastic artist. So we rehearsed and I was truly anxious about, however we played a couple reveals and got excellent reviews and it just felt ideal onstage. It felt terrific. So we took a deep breath and recommitted and yes, next year we’re going to play in between 40 and 50 shows. It sure feels excellent to play our music for individuals again, and they understand the words better than we do.

Joe Walsh carries out at your home of Blues at Mandalay Bay at 8:30 p.m. November 16, 18 and 19. To learn more, see houseofblues.com.

Best choices: Big Blues Bender, ‘The Jungle Book,’ Hoopfest and more for your Las Vegas weekend


Invision/AP Rock-and-roll Hall of Famer Dr. John performs at the Plaza this weekend during the Huge Blues Bender.

Friday, Sept. 8, 2017|2 a.m.

How many types of music can suit one weekend? Let’s begin with blues in downtown Las Vegas, hair metal in Henderson and classical at the Smith Center. There are likewise household friendly theater and sports events taking control of the town in the next few days, so find the fun that’s right for you and go get it.

BIG BLUES BENDER This rollicking music fest started Thursday and keeps the tunes coming all weekend long at the Plaza downtown. Friday’s acts consist of Walter Trout and Mavis Staples, Saturday includes Doyle Bramhall II, Shemekia Copeland and Tab Benoit, and Sunday closes the Bender with Dr. John. Continuing through Sept. 10, details at < a href=" http://bigbluesbender.com/" target=" _blank

” > bigbluesbender.com. HAIRBALL: A BOMBASTIC CELEBRATION OF ARENA ROCK The Henderson Pavilion is celebration its 15th anniversary and its beginning an impressive season of entertainment with the pyrotechnics, huge hair and larger rock noises of “Hairball.” The two-hour show provides classic hits by legendary bands including Kiss, Queen, Van Halen, Journey, Aerosmith and more. Sept. 8, details at 702-267-4849 or < a href=" http://cityofhenderson.com/henderson-happenings/henderson-pavilion/ticket-information/buy-tickets" target="

_ blank” > hendersonpavilion.com. DISNEY’S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS Get the children and head down to the Smith Center’s Troesh Studio Theater to catch Broadway in the Hood’s interactive, sing-along-friendly adaption of the beloved Disney film. Mowgli, Baloo, Shere Khan and all the classic characters are here, and they’re bringing great deals of music and enjoyable. Sept. 8-10, information at 702-749-2000 or < a href=" http://www.thesmithcenter.com/event/disneys-the-jungle-book-kids/" target=" _blank

” > thesmithcenter.com. Related content LAS VEGAS 3 ON 3 HOOPFEST Toshiba Plaza in front of T-Mobile Arena when again invites this amateur basketball competition to the Strip, and locals are welcome to assemble their family and friends to have a look at all the action totally free, surrounded by the food and enjoyable of the Park. Previous UNLV Runnin’ Rebel Wink Adams was on last year’s champion group, and he’s back to play once again this year. Sept. 9-10, info at < a href=" http://lasvegas3on3.com/" target=

_ blank” > lasvegas3on3.com. LAS VEGAS PHILHARMONIC OPENING NIGHT One of the greatest local cultural events of the year is set for Saturday night at Reynolds Hall inside the Smith Center when Donato Cabrera carries out Richard Strauss’ “Don Juan,” John Adams’ “Typical Tones in Basic Time,” and Johannes Brahms’ “Piano Concerto No. 1” to open the Philharmonic’s 19th season. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., however take a look at the pre-concert conversation at 6:30 and don’t miss out on the opening night mixer onstage at 9:30. Sept. 9, info at 702-749-2000 or thesmithcenter.com.

The Big Blues Bender grows without sacrificing its comfort appeal

Someone who won’t be singing the blues at this year’s Huge Blues Bender is creator/promoter A.J. Gross. The fourth edition of the specific niche music festival– set to take over the Plaza hotel September 7-10– has actually been sold out for three weeks, which marks the occasion’s second straight sellout.

But strangely enough, Gross says he made less tickets readily available this year– capability is topped at 2,200– which is the opposite of what the majority of festival organizers would have done following an effective previous year. “We did more in 2015, but people felt it was a little overcrowded, so we held it back a little and withheld single-day tickets.”

That level of fan consideration distinguishes the Bender from other music festivals. This isn’t Coachella, and absolutely nothing about it need to feel difficult. “It’s like our tagline: Everything is an elevator ride away,” Gross includes. “That’s where we originated from: all simple, all accessible.”

Bender-goers will have access to 5 stages, on which nearly 70 acts will play throughout the weekend, some more than once. Headliners include New Orleans legend Dr. John, R&B/ gospel icon Mavis Staples and blues favorites Tab Benoit and Walter Trout. Among the diverse program offerings: tribute sets to The Allman Brothers Band and The Grateful Dead, a panel commemorating women blues musicians, a movie screening and blues-themed yoga classes.

It’s a great deal of growth for a new-ish specific niche celebration, but Gross has actually had plenty of motivation and experience: more than 25 years promoting Vegas shows and 20 years going to the Telluride Blues & & Brews Festival. Most significantly, the concept for the Bender came as he viewed Gov’t Mule perform at an extensive resort in Jamaica. He knew he could do something similar in Las Vegas, with the exact same concentrate on convenience, however with less expense and higher convenience to music fans. “I wished to develop the kind of experience I desired somebody to produce for me,” Gross says. “I can’t do 16 hours of music. I wish to have the ability to hit my hotel space [and rest] then return down [for the shows]”

That explains the Bender’s popularity with tourists– who are coming from every state and 12 various countries and for whom the immersive occasion is a full-blown escape– and how it struggles to draw Nevadans, who comprise less than 10 percent of the attendance. That stated, Las Vegans will be represented onstage, including The Moanin Blacksnakes, Vegas Strip Kings, The Trevor Johnson Project and, playing the Grateful Dead tribute, Catfish John– which would be an excellent candidate for the brand-new music weekender Gross will go for the Plaza April 12-15: the Las Vegas Bender Jamboree, which will concentrate on bluegrass and jam bands.

Entirely, it’s an ambitious slate for somebody who was winding his music profession down simply 5 years earlier. Now, Gross has rekindled his enthusiasm for live music events, evidenced in the year he invests making certain the next Bender is better than the one before it. “I thought I was kinda done,” Gross states. “I thought Vegas didn’t make sense for me anymore. However I figured out the best ways to make a great brand name. And I’m trying to find the brand to grow. I want to bring more of these. I genuinely believe it’s an uplifting experience for everyone developed.”

Huge Blues Bender September 7-10, $499. The Plaza, bigbluesbender.com.