Monday, December 14, 2020

Rock News Artist Of The Year No. 4: ZZ TOP

As part of the 2020 hennemusic Rock News Awards, the daily news site is counting down the Top 10 Rock News stories of the past year.

Finalists for the 11th annual hennemusic Rock News Awards are chosen by readers: the Rock News Story Of The Year is determined by page views, while the Rock News Artist Of The Year is based on the combined total page views of the top 50 hennemusic rock news stories of the past twelve months.

The 2020 hennemusic Rock News Awards winners will be announced on Thursday, December 17.

2020 Rock News Artist Of The Year – Top 10

07 - RUSH

Rock News Artist of The Year No. 4 – ZZ TOP

ZZ Top ended 2019 with news of a spring 2020 residency at The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian Las Vegas.

In January, guitarist Billy Gibbons revealed the band were planning to enter the recording studio this year with producer Rick Rubin for their first studio release since 2012’s “La Futura.”

In early February, ZZ Top announced a series of fall 2020 US dates with Def Leppard that would see the pair team up in September and October, while Gibbons was among the all-star lineup for a concert tribute to Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green in London.

The group prepared for the late February home release of their documentary, “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas”, by sharing performance footage of their 1971 classic, “Brown Sugar”, and 1973’s “La Grange” from the package.

In March, the band postponed the Las Vegas residency as the pandemic shut down the live music industry, while Gibbons debuted a performance video for “Missin’ Yo’ Kissin’”, a track from his 2018 album, “The Big Bad Blues.”

By August, ZZ Top and Def Leppard cancelled their planned fall series of shows; the following month, they streaming video of a 2007 performance of their 1975 classic, “Heard It On The X”, as a preview to a vinyl reissue of their 2008 package, “Live From Texas.”

Last month, the Texas trio’s documentary picked up a 2021 Grammy Award nomination in the Best Music Film category, where it will compete during the late January event.

As the year came to a close, news broke that Gibbons’ appearance as part of the Peter Green tribute show will be screened in cinemas early next year.

See also:

Search ZZ Top at hennemusic
2020 hennemusic Rock News Awards announced
The Rolling Stones sweep the 2019 hennemusic Rock News Awards
AC/DC and Pink Floyd win 2018 hennemusic Rock News Awards
The Eagles sweep the 2017 hennemusic Rock News Awards
AC/DC sweep the 2016 hennemusic Rock News Awards
Van Halen and KISS top the 2015 hennemusic Rock News Awards
Van Halen sweep 2014 hennemusic Rock News Awards