Thursday, December 1, 2022

ZZ Top share Raw version of Thunderbird

ZZ Top are sharing video of a performance of their 1975 track, “Thunderbird”, from the 2022 live package, “Raw.”

The song from “Fandango!” was recorded as part of an intimate session at Gruene Hall, “the oldest continually run dance hall in Texas”, as captured for the 2019 Netflix documentary, “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas.”

“Raw” is dedicated “in righteous memory of Dusty Hill”, the bassist who passed away at his home in Houston, TX last year after stepping away from a 2021 tour to address a hip issue; the group enlisted longtime guitar tech Elwood Francis to handle bass duties during what was expected to be a short-term absence, and who continues to perform with the group.

The 2022 album’s title is derived from the unfettered and straightforward manner in which the tracks were recorded. As seen in the film, the band members played, for the most part, together within sight of each other in the course of one day. The methodology employed was something of an homage to the way ZZ Top recorded at the start of its five plus decades run at the pinnacle of rock’s pantheon.

ZZ Top will launch the return of their Viva Las Vegas Residency at The Venetian Resort on December 3.

Get your copy of “Raw” here.

See also:

ZZ Top stream new live album Raw
ZZ Top announce new Las Vegas residency dates
ZZ Top stream Raw live album video trailer
ZZ Top share Raw version of Heard It On The X
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