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ZZ Top Frontman Responds To Aussie Fan Backlash

A “miscommunication to ticket-holders” has been blamed for criticism levelled at ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons from Aussie fans this week.

Gibbons cut short his Australian tour after ticket-holders demanded refunds after claiming he only played a handful of songs, and that his paid meet-and-greets were lacklustre.

Promoters billed the tour, which consisted of a handful of dates in NSW and Queensland, as ‘Up Close & Personal’.

The official poster read, ‘Kick back with Billy as he also plays and reflects upon some of his favourite tunes and famous riffs.’

On Friday, Gibbons’ management responded in a statement via Facebook, accusing Australian tour promoters The Brewer Brothers of “miscommunication to ticket holders that a substantial musical performance would be part” of the tour.


“Audience expectations regarding Billy Gibbons’ role as a performing musician in the recent Up Close & Personal dates through Australia seem not to have been in line with what he was asked to do when his services were engaged last year,” the statement read.

“Mr. Gibbons was contracted to appear on those dates to discuss his passion for custom cars and hot rods with Jimmy Shine and to sign autographs and greet fans with no musical component called for or anticipated in the arrangement. It should be noted that, based on that understanding, he didn’t even bring, nor did he request musical equipment appropriate to such a performance.

“It appears that these dates were promoted in such a way as miscommunicate to ticket holders that a substantial musical performance would be part of these events. Billy Gibbons, ever the consummate professional, had not planned nor prepared that kind of program and regrets that his role in those dates appears to him been grossly misstated.”

The Brewer Brothers have since responded…

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