ZZ Top to stage concerts in Cuba at Maxim Rock and FAC

Posted: 10-Nov-15 16:55

Giving two very special one-off concerts in two of Havana's hottest venues - Maxim Rock and Fabrica de Arte Cubano - the legendary veteran rock and rollers from Texas, ZZ Top, will be travelling to Cuba next month to join in the festivities and series of performances planned during the celebration of the International Havana Jazz Plaza Festival. ZZ Top's arrival in Cuba could be motivated by the last album they recorded which was inspired by Cuban music and titled "Perfectamundo".

ZZ Top to stage concerts in Cuba at Maxim Rock and FAC

Two long-bearded American rock and roll legends will be giving two very special one-off concerts in Cuba next month, joining an ever-growing list of rock singers now lining up to perform in the island following the thawing of U.S.-Cuba relations. The Texan band, ZZ Top thus becomes the latest to take over Havana’s most happening stages and treat fans to a couple of exclusive live performances; all as part of the this year’s edition of the annual Havana Jazz Plaza Festival.

With over 40 years of experience in wowing the crowds and rock’s two most famous beards, ZZ Top will sure be making history in Cuba with their debut in the capital this December. Leading singer and guitarist, Billy Gibbons, bassist and singer Joseph Dusty Hill and drummer, Frank Beard will all be in Cuba from 17th to 20th December coinciding with the dates of the jazz festival which will run from 13th to 21st December.

According to Brenda Besada from the organising committee of the Jazz Plaza Festival, ZZ Top have two very special concerts planned, one that will take place at Havana’s most up-and-coming cultural centre and concert venue – Fabrica de Arte Cubano and another at the capital’s residence of rock – Maxim Rock.

Many speculate that ZZ Top’s visit to Havana may have something to do with the latest album the group recorder, which drew much inspiration from Cuba and which is playfully named “Perfectamundo”. Leading band member, Gibbons himself recently spoke of his admiration of Cuban music during an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. On that occasion he further revealed his desire to travel to Cuba and his respect for Latin music in general. At the time he said:

" When I was 13, I got a guitar and my dad — being the consummate entertainer — sent me up to New York to study Latin percussion with Tito Puente. I learned maracas, timbales, clavas, bongos…you name it. And having lived in Mexico a couple years, I know just enough Spanish to get me in trouble. "

Joking about how he finally made it to Havana as part of a jazz festival he added:

"How did my name get on a jazz roster? I'm a blues and rock & roll player, but I'm not going to look a gift horse in the mouth. I'd love to go to Havana "

ZZ Top will be joining other international jazz artists flocking down to Havana next month to perform during the 31st edition of the Jazz Plaza Festival, with big names including Kenny G, as we reported earlier, but many more international stars could soon be announced in the line-up. Watch this space.


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