ZZ Top Brings ‘Raw Whiskey’ Tour To Ohio: Photo Gallery

ZZ Top made their first appearance at Willie Nelsonin 2022 Outlaw Music Festival last night, delighting the crowd at Ohio’s Blossom Music Center with their unique blend of rock and blues.

You can see exclusive photos from the show below.

Singer and guitarist Billy Gibbons was in a particularly playful mood, delivering impromptu solos between songs on several occasions. “We’re just making it up as we go,” he explained at one point, before openly wishing the venue’s gates could be locked so the party wouldn’t end.

Elwood Francis, who joined the band after July 2021 death of long-time bassist Dusty Hill, turned out to be a perfect fit in terms of both music and facial hair. “It’s not a glue beard either!” Gibbons joked during band introductions.

In a recent interview, Gibbons credited Francis, who was the band’s longtime guitar technician and Hill’s handpicked replacement, to breathe new life into ZZ Top. “He adds a great bit of enthusiasm,” enthused Gibbons. “When I see [drummer] Frank Beard When I smile for the first time in 30 years, I know something good is happening.”

The band’s 75-minute set was heavy on big hits like “Sharp Dressed Man” and “La Grange,” of course, but they also found time for more obscure numbers like “I Gotsta Get Paid” and a cover of the folk classic “Sixteen Tons.”

After touring as part of Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival for the next few weeks, ZZ Top will spend much of the rest of 2022 on a headline tour. They have recently published Rawan improvised “live in the studio” album recorded with Hill on bass during the filming of their 2019 documentary The little old band from Texas.

ZZ Top Live 2022

Photos of ZZ Top performing live in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio on July 29, 2022.

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