A SOLO tour of Australia by ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons has run into trouble after fans demanded refunds when he only played three songs.
Dubbed the Up Close And Personal Tour, fans were promised hits interspersed with stories from the 68-year-old icon – but instead seem to have got a memorabilia auction.
Punters at Anita’s Theatre in the northern suburbs of Wollongong complained to the promoters and the venue after two shows, which saw Gibbons co-host with professional hot rod builder Jimmy Shine.
Support band aside, Gibbons is reported to have played three songs during the first Wollongong show and four the second night – including “La Grange” twice on one night.
“Worst show I’ve ever attended,” Tony Watson Tweeted.
Anita’s Theatre issued a lengthy statement, the gist of which was: It’s not our fault.
“We hope people don’t judge us for what was presented on stage,” venue managing director Nick Josifovski told the Illawarra Mercury.
“Ultimately it’s the artist’s reputation that is on the line.”
John Heath wrote on Anita’s Facebook page he felt cheated after paying $200 for a VIP package.
“It looked like he didn’t want to be there and could even acknowledge us when having the photo taken … what a sad legacy you are leaving Billy Gibbons,” Heath wrote.
Also on Facebook, musician Alexander Gibbons argued: “I liked most of it, bar playing La Grange twice and the shitty host and the VIP experience”.
Perhaps the poor grammar of the promoters could have been a warning sign. Their Facebook page identifies them as “The Brewer Brother’s Car’s Guitar’s and Bar’s”.