By on September 3, 2016






For the very first time in more than 46 years, ZZ Top is releasing a full-length live album.  Live – Greatest Hits From Around The Worldthe new release is exactly as its title suggests: a collection of the band’s best known repertoire recorded at venues on three continents.  The album, available on CD, as a 2 LP vinyl set and digitally, is set for release on Friday, September 9 from Suretone Records through ADA, the independent music and film distribution arm of Warner Music Group. Recorded over the course of several tours in cities ranging from New York to Berlin to São Paolo, the album picks the greatest moments and biggest hits from ZZ Top’s illustrious catalog, captured with all the phenomenal energy and exuberance of their legendary live shows.  The band is, in fact, now on tour in North America, having recently returned from their latest run of dates in Europe.  Scroll down for a listing of upcoming tour dates.

Greatest Hits From Around The World covers everything from their breakthrough hit “La Grange,” and “Tush” through their huge crossover hits – “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Legs” – and then to the present day.  In point of fact, the album includes a recent London collaboration with Jeff Beck on the Tennessee Ernie Ford / Merle Travis standard “Sixteen Tons,” the first time that the song has been included on any ZZ Top album release.

Billy F Gibbons, the band’s resident guitar god, calls the collection  “the true document of life de la ZZ.  In an abstract surrealism style, this collection is a definitive chronicle of the band hangin’ together for four plus deluxe decades, getting down to do what we get to do. Enjoy and listen to loudness!”

ZZ Top’s live performances have long been the subject of critical laudation. The New York Times suggested, “If you are the kind of person who likes to use a suspect and imprecise and maybe impossible term about music, then go ahead, because this was, more or less, a perfect concert.”  The Guardian (UK) noted, “The band sound both timely and timeless… It’s an unexpectedly wonderful return from an undervalued band.”


The album will be on released on CD, gatefold LP*, and digitally through all streaming and download stores.

Listen to “Tush,” featuring Dusty Hill’s vocal here:

Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard formed ZZ Top in Houston late in 1969. Their third album, 1973’s Tres Hombres, catapulted them to national attention with the hit “La Grange,”  which is still one of the band’s signature songs today. The band’s momentum and success built during its first decade, culminating in the legendary World Wide Texas Tour, a production that included a longhorn steer, a buffalo, buzzards, rattlesnakes and a Texas-shaped stage.


1983’s Eliminator album mixed their fiery blues roots with tech-age trappings that soon found a visual outlet with the nascent MTV. The trio became music video icons throughout the album’s three smash singles, “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Legs.” The melding of grungy guitar-based blues with synth-pop was seamless and continued with the follow-up album Afterburner as they continued their chart juggernaut.


ZZ Top had accomplished the impossible; they had moved with the times while simultaneously bucking ephemeral trends that crossed their path. They had become more popular and more iconic without ever having to be flavour of the week. They had become a certified rock institution, contemporary in every way, yet still completely connected to the founding fathers of the genre.


Along the way, they performed in front of millions of fans through North America on numerous landmark tours as well as overseas where they’ve enthralled audiences from Slovenia to Argentina, from Australia to Sweden, from Russia to Japan and most places in-between. The band’s discography continued to grow throughout, most recently with 2012’s fifteenth studio album La Futura, co-produced by Rick Rubin and Billy Gibbons.

*2 LP set available September 16

Greatest Hits From Around The World tracklisting with location of each track’s recording

  1. Got Me Under Pressure                  New York
  2. Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers          Las Vegas
  3. Cheap Sunglasses                          Paris
  4. Waitin’ For The Bus                         Nashville
  5. Jesus Just Left Chicago                  Nashville
  6. Legs                                                SãoPaolo
  7. Sharp Dressed Man                        Los Angeles
  8. Rough Boy (with Jeff Beck)             London
  9. Pincushion                                       Berlin
  10. La Grange                                     Dallas
  11. I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide                Vancouver
  12. Tube Snake Boogie                       Rome
  13. Gimme All Your Lovin’                   Houston
  14. Tush                                               Chicago
  15. Sixteen Tons (with Jeff Beck)        London

ZZ Top on tour

9-Sep Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
10-Sep Webster, MA Indian Ranch
11-Sep Bethlehem, PA Sands Bethlehem Event Center
13-Sep Baltimore, MD Pier Six Pavilion
14-Sep Cary, NC Koka Booth Amphitheatre
15-Sep Fredericksburg, VA The Marks and Harrison Amphitheater
17-Sep Rosemont, IL Rosemont Theatre
18-Sep Maryland Heights, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
20-Sep Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre
21-Sep Salina, KS Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts
24-Sep Albuquerque, NM Sandia Casino
25-Sep Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre: Gregg Allman’s Laid Back Fest
29-Sep San Luis Obispo, CA Avila Beach Resort –
30-Sep Murphys, CA Ironstone Amphitheatre
1-Oct Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery
2-Oct San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre
4-Oct San Diego, CA Humphrey’s
6-Oct Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre
7-Oct Las Vegas, NV The Pearl Concert Theater
8-Oct Rancho Mirage, CA Agua Caliente Casino
9-Oct Scottsdale, AZ Talking Stick Resort & Casino
15-Oct Shawnee, OK The Firelake Arena
16-Oct Shreveport, LA Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium
18-Oct Huntsville, AL Von Braun Center
19-Oct Birmingham, AL BJCC Concert Hall
21-Oct Biloxi, MS Beau Rivage Theatre
22-Oct Lake Charles, LA Golden Nugget Lake Charles Hotel & Casino
25-Oct Chattanooga, TN Tivoli Theatre
26-Oct Augusta, GA Bell Auditorium
28-Oct Greenville, TN Niswonger Performing Arts Center
29-Oct Atlanta, Ga Gregg Allman’s Laid Back Festival
31-Oct Sarasota, FL Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
1-Nov Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena
2-Nov Naples, FL Artis-Naples
4-Nov Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
5-Nov Saint Augustine, FL Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
6-Nov Charleston, SC Charleston Gaillard Center
9-Nov Charleston, WV Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences
10-Nov Knoxville, TN Tennessee Theatre
11-Nov Choctaw, MS Pearl River Resort
12-Nov Thackerville, OK Winstar World Casino and Resort


Also Check out Hellhound Music’s recent interview with Rock and Roll Legend Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top