7 questions with ZZ Top before Dayton concert this weekend

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

ZZ Top, (left to right) Frank Beard, Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill, return to the area for a concert at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Sunday, Sept. 24. CONTRIBUTED
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ZZ Top, (left to right) Frank Beard, Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill, return to the area for a concert at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Sunday, Sept. 24. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

ZZ Top, performing at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Sunday, Sept. 24, is one of most enduring American bands of the rock ’n’ roll era. Since 1969, the Texas group has featured the same three musicians: Billy Gibbons (guitar), Dusty Hill (bass) and Frank Beard (drums). 

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Gibbons recently answered some questions about the group known for hits like “I Thank You” and “Sharp Dressed Man.”

Q: What’s going on today?

A: “Up to the same old stuff as usual — just finished a mega tour of Europe and now chilling out in Spain in anticipation of coming back home and rockin’ it all over again.” 

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Q: If you could only play one guitar for the next five years, what would it be?

A: “And what crime would I have been convicted of to receive a sentence like that? OK, if it’s gotta be just one, it’s gotta be the one and only ‘Mistress Pearly Gates,’ the magic ’59 Les Paul that’s been a key part of our ‘guitarsinal’ since even before ZZ Top’s first album.”

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Q: How well does your latest release, is “Live – Greatest Hits From Around the World,” represent the live ZZ Top experience?

A: “We waded through hundreds of hours of tapes to the find the definitive performance of each of the songs. It’s a great representation of ZZ Top being the best possible ZZ Top. We released it because, well, because it seemed like a good way of keepin’ the groove goin’ even when we’re off the road — a rare circumstance, to be sure.” 

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Q: I know the live album was released just a year ago but what are the plans for a new ZZ Top studio album

A: “We’re actually in the process of wrapping the latest recording aimed for release as a free-standing collection. We may release it in dribs and drabs or, possibly, in drabs and drips. Stay tuned.”

Classic rockers ZZ Top, (left to right) Dusty Hill, Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard, perform at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Sunday, Sept. 24. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

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Q: What is the status of guitar rock in 2017 and what are its prospects for the future?

A: “As far as ZZ is concerned, it’s alive and well because it’s all based on the blues and, as we’ve all been taught, the blues will never die.”

Q: It’s only two years until 2019, the 50th anniversary of the band forming. How will ZZ Top celebrate that milestone?

A: “Remember, we mentioned we’re into the same stuff as usual. That but, perhaps, more of it.”

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Q: What’s next for ZZ Top?

A: “We’re gonna get out there and turn it up and make things loud. That’s definitely next.”


Who: ZZ Top with Black Stone Cherry and The Summit

Where: Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights

When: 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $53, $66, $77

More info: 937-228-2323 or www.ticketmaster.com

Artist info:www.zztop.com

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Local country artists come together for K99.1FM’s Concert for a Cause

Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 6:00 AM


These homegrown, up-and-coming country musicians are coming together for a good cause.

Miami Valley Gaming will host a country music inspired charity benefit, K99.1FM’s Concert for a Cause, on Wednesday, April 25.

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From the concert, 100 percent of profits will be donated to Moms 4 Miracles, a component fund of The Dayton Foundation that supports children with cancer around the Dayton-area. 

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The music lineup includes headliner Clark Manson, a Covington native who recently returned home to Ohio and couldn’t be more excited to be involved with this event.

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“They’re so strong, and they don’t even know what’s going on, [they] put a smile on, no matter what. When I heard what the charity was, I was like, ‘this is great!’ Every chance we can help kids, we do,” Manson said.

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Additional acts include The Kate Hasting Band, Wyatt McCubbin and Ashley Martin. Each of the country musicians hail from Ohio, some from the Dayton-area. 

Kate Hasting Band
Wyatt McCubbin

Ashley Martin

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In the last eight years, Moms 4 Miracles has paid for a new Chemotherapy Room at Dayton Children's, bought games and a movie theater for children to enjoy while in the hospital, helped pay medical bills and have made wishes come true for heroes.

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Want to go?

WHAT: K99.1FM’s Concert for a Cause

WHERE: Miami Valley Gaming, 6000 Ohio 63, Lebanon

WHEN: Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m.

COST: $10

INFO: Facebook

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Rock band YES has set a Dayton tour stop -- here’s how to get tickets

Published: Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 10:37 AM

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One of rock’s legendary groups, YES, comes to Dayton this summer. 

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YES kicks off their schedule this summer in Warsaw, Poland and heads back to the states in August, touring through September until their stop at the Rose Music Center in Huber Heights September 9

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UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 11: NEW THEATRE Photo of Alan WHITE and Steve HOWE and Rick WAKEMAN and YES and Jon ANDERSON and Chris SQUIRE, Rick Wakeman, Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Jon Anderson, Alan White - posed, group shot (Photo by Mick Hutson/Redferns)(Mick Hutson/Redferns)

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Tickets go on sale April 20 at 11 a.m. Prices start at $20.

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The 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees are known for their progressive rock sound, and will be unveiling their first new music in 28 years featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman. Lee Pomeroy will be on bass and Louis Molino III on drums.

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Want to go?

WHAT: Quintessential YES: The 50th Anniversary Tour

WHERE: Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights 

WHEN: 7 p.m. September 9

TICKETS: 1.800.745.3000Ticketmaster

INFORose Music Center

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Naughty By Nature is coming to town with a few other ‘90s favorites 

Published: Monday, April 09, 2018 @ 10:58 AM

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Treach of Naughty by Nature performs onstage during the VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail The Queens at David Geffen Hall on July 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for VH1)
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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Treach of Naughty by Nature performs onstage during the VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail The Queens at David Geffen Hall on July 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for VH1)(Theo Wargo)

If you are down with “O.P.P,” you are going to want to be in Franklin in June. 

Naughty by Nature will perform at J.D. Legends, 65 Millard Drive, from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. June 2 as part of a 1990s flashback show. 

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The event also will feature Tone Loc and Young MC. 

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Tickets are $27 to $75 on Eventbrite.com.

Naughty by Nature’s hits include “O.P.P.,” “Everything is Gonna Be All Right” and “Hip Hop Hooray.” 

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The Grammy Award-winning act includes TreachVin Rock and DJ Kay Gee. 

Tone Loc is best known for “Funky Cold Medina” and “Wild Thing.” 

Young MC’s songs include “Bust a Move.” 

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J.D. Legends in an indoor and outdoor entertainment complex. 

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What: Naughty by Nature, Tone Loc and Young MC

When: June 2, 2018 

Where: J.D. Legends, 65 Millard Drive in Franklin 

Cost: $27 to $75 on Eventbrite.com. 

More info: Facebook

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JUST IN: Ohio State Fair makes first concert announcement

Published: Tuesday, April 03, 2018 @ 1:30 PM

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Nothing says summer is getting closer than an Ohio State Fair concert announcement.

The Ohio State Fair has announced its line-up for this summer featuring seven paid concerts and free events as a part of its concert series. 

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Reba McEntire presents a sold-out concert at Fraze Pavilion on Aug. 10. CONTRIBUTED(HANDOUT)

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The just-announced acts include Reba McEntire, comedian Jeff Dunham and The Commodores. Four more concerts at the fairground’s Celeste Center have yet to be announced to the public. 

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Here is the lineup so far: 

-Reba McEntire, July 26

-The Commodores, July 28

-Casting Crowns, July 30

-Kidz Bop Live, July 31

-Brothers Osborne, Aug. 1

-Jeff Dunham, Aug. 2

-Styx and Cheap Trick, Aug. 4

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Jeff Dunham controls (from left) Peanut, Achmed the Dead Terrorist and Walter. Or maybe they control him. CONTRIBUTED(HANDOUT)
Tickets purchased before arriving at the Fair include Fair admission. Tickets can be purchased at www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. The fair runs July 25 through August 5 at the Ohio Expo Center. For more information on the Ohio State Fair visit www.ohiostatefair.com or call 1-614-644-FAIR.

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