June 15, 2011 – 3:45 pm

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Where’s Frank? [Uxbridge 360, 2CD]

Live at Le Zenith, Paris, France; October 14, 2002. Very good soundboard.

ZZ Top’s 1973 album, Tres Hombres, might have gotten them known throughout the United States (it went No. 8 on Billboard) and singles such as Tush, I Thank You and Cheap Sunglasses continued to keep their name in circulation, but it is Eliminator (1983) and Afterburner (1985) that really made the bearded rockers superstars. Like many acts who made it big in the ’80s, ZZ Top also had MTV to thank - it’s hard to imagine the MTV generation forgetting the clips for Legs and Sharp Dressed Men. By then, guitar fans had also realised that Billy Gibbons is an extraordinary guitarist and the group’s crunching boogie rock is as distinctive as Mark Knopfler’s licks.

But for this show, John Douglas (who is better known as a drum tech and artist) sat in for Frank Beard (hence the title of the disc) who had to have emergency appendix surgery. This is how Douglas explains the gig:

I was playing with X O X, a fairly popular band here in Houston when Frank Beard of ZZ Top came to see the band. He liked my drums and asked if I could paint a kit for him. That chance meeting has turned into a 17+ year friendship over which I have created 13 custom drumkits and traveled the world with ZZ Top as Frank’s drum tech.

In October of 2002, while on tour in Europe, Frank had an emergency appendectomy and I was asked to fill the drum spot. So with very little sleep and no rehearsal I played three sold out shows starting in Paris. In a career spanning 30+ years, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees ZZ Top have never performed without those three original guys, until then. Mucho thanks to Billy, Dusty and Frank for trusting me up there behind the kit. It was an honor and I had a blast!

A reviewer at zzlive.com commented: “This drummer did a super fine job, just perfect in fact. In an odd way, the drums almost seem to be too perfect. Without knowing it, I think most fans, even diehards would not know that this was not Frank Beard playing.”

This disc has just surfaced and thanks to Joe Blotz Records & Lawn Care for sharing the tracks.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Introduction (594k)
Track 102. Tube Steak Snake Boogie (7.0MB)
Track 103. I Thank You (5.4MB)
Track 104. Pincushion (7.0MB)
Track 105. Got Me Under Pressure (7.1MB)
Track 106. Waitin’ For The Bus (4.8MB)
Track 107. Jesus Just Left Chicago (7.8MB)
Track 108. Future Blues (6.2MB)
Track 109. I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide (7.8MB)
Track 110. Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers (5.8MB)
Track 111. Rough Boy (8.5MB)
Track 112. Mexican Blackbird (7.0MB)
Track 113. Cheap Sunglasses (5.6MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Just Got Paid (12.8MB)
Track 202. I Love The Woman (7.9MB)
Track 203. Bang Bang (9.0MB)
Track 204. Gimme All Your Lovin’ (7.6MB)
Track 205. Sharp Dressed Man (7.6MB)
Track 206. Legs (7.9MB)
Track 207. La Grange (8.1MB)
Track 208. Tush (5.6MB)
209. Exercise Is Good For You - Omitted
(This is “walk out” music played over the PA. By the group Trellix or Trelix?)


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  1. 24 Responses to “ZZ TOP - PARIS 2002”

  2. hey bigo, thanks! i’ll get this tomorrow. it wasn’t up, when i woke up this morning.


    By Ed Saad on Jun 15, 2011

  3. Another fine post and fine drumming too, thanks BIGO.
    Track 2 is Tube Snake Boogie, orginally from El Loco.

    By Russ on Jun 15, 2011

  4. Hello Russ
    Thanks for your feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Jun 16, 2011

  5. Umm…that last track AIN’T ZZ Top

    By stlouielou on Jun 16, 2011

  6. Thanks a lot. Great sound.

    By shadreck on Jun 16, 2011

  7. thanks for the ride ) good one … cheers to you

    By Nowandever on Jun 16, 2011

  8. hey stlouielou, right. whatever it is, it sucks. since it is part of the boot, i’ll keep it just take the checkmark off in itunes.

    except for that track, it’s a pretty good show, bigo!!! thanks again! played the whole thing walking and running earlier.

    i saw zz top 5 months after this here at oak mountain amphitheatre now verizon wireless music center with gov’t mule and ted nugent. it was good.


    By Ed Saad on Jun 16, 2011

  9. Great sound on this one!…thanks Ed

    By stlouielou on Jun 16, 2011

  10. ZZ Top are getting better through the years
    like a good wine.I thank you :)

    By easynow on Jun 16, 2011

  11. Thanks, it´s a bomb!!!

    By Josef (Czech republic) on Jun 16, 2011

  12. The last song is from a band called Telex. The album is titled “Sex(Birds & Bees)”. I searched it on Itunes. Piece of garbage! Why is it here I wonder? Did they play it as their “walk off” tune? I can’t imagine that!

    By Reed Wehrley on Jun 17, 2011

  13. Thanks to Rocker here a corrected back cover.

    Disc 1
    02 Tube Steak Boogie > Tube Snake Boogie

    Disk 2
    09 Exercise Is Good For You > Removed


    By Feelgood on Jun 23, 2011

  14. Hello Feelgood

    Thanks for the amended artwork. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Jun 23, 2011

  15. The replacement drummer is actually better than Frank Beard. In fact he plays with the fire that Frank Beard had back in the 1970’s. With John Douglas on board, the group would never have needed to use a drum machine on “Afterburner” & “Eliminator”

    By Philip Cohen on Jun 25, 2011

  16. on feb 6th the new episode of billy gibbons live from daryls house will air on the palladia channel. this is the first new show in a long time. the 63rd episode. however going to the site itself allows one to watch the show starting today. weeks ahead of its tv airing. there are 7 songs performed. i personally made an audio recording of it which came out to 41mins but i only recorded the music so i omitted 9mins of unimportant stuff.
    there is some talking by billy over a couple of the songs but its not really that bad cept for one song - an instrumental jam which would have been incredible if not for the talking. otherwise the show is fabulous.
    my copy came out as a single file to 58meg.

    By darth on Jan 16, 2014

  17. my copy came out as a single file to 58meg.

    isn`t that precious pumpkin.

    By dropkick sarge on Jan 16, 2014

  18. i thought this might interest people here.


    on this page in the article there is a little bitty link that will lead to a youtube clip of that very early zz top band. i labeled my copy as follows -
    ZZ Top (billy gibbons dan mitchell lanier greig) - Salt Lick (1969).mp3

    i dont have the b-side of the single however. that would be nice. i am pretty sure i have the albums that all the current members of zz top did prior to joining zz top. and i am a huge fan of all things moving sidewalks. so i absolutely am interested in anything i can get of them live and so on. hint hint bigo.

    By darth on Feb 22, 2014

  19. Love ZZ Top seen them many times


    By Dave C on Oct 30, 2014

  20. Cheers

    By Dave C on Oct 30, 2014

  21. Wow. The guitar sound is so crunchy and dirty. Love it, love it. Track two will always be “Tube Steak Boogie” to me, it really does sound like he’s singing a “t” and not an “n”, but maybe that is just the 12 year old boy in me listening.

    By Felix on Nov 28, 2014

  22. Telex - Exercise Is Good For You

    By justin on Sep 2, 2015

  23. Hi Big O! Could you please re-up this show? Files are missing! Thank you!

    By George on Jun 12, 2018

  24. Big O, again, I humbly ask you to re-up this show. I LOVE ZZ Top, and Billy Gibbons’ guitar on this concert is just so juicy and crunchy! Please, re-up?

    By George on Nov 10, 2020

  25. Shuddup George - it’s never gonna happen!

    By Ringo on Nov 11, 2020

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