THE Australian promoters being blamed for Billy Gibbons’ disastrous tour have hit back at the ZZ Top guitarist, describing his performances in Wollongong and Newcastle as “appalling”.
The soap opera over the abandoned tour took a new turn late last week when Gibbons issued a statement blaming the Brewer Brothers for creating an expectation among fans that Gibbons would be performing a full show.
In response, the Brewer Brothers said on Facebook: “The Brewer Brothers sincerly (sic) apologize for fans that have been disappointed by Billy Gibbons appalling performance in his recent show’s (sic) in Australia.
“Gibbons was clearly engaged to perform the same show he did for the Brewer Brothers in 2016 at the Gold Coast Arts Centre, which was a success and was the basis for the recent tour. All documents with time line will be post here directly.”
The crowd in Newcastle was so angry at Gibbons’ performance they reportedly threw bottles at him and police were called.
Late last week, Gibbons’ representatives said: “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.
“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.”