Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top frontman, Announces Livestream Concert
Broadcasted From Austin on New Year’s Eve.
The fifth-annual “Jungle Show” will feature Jimmie Vaughan, Mike Flanigin, Sue Foley and Chris Layton. If not for the COVID-19 pandemic, the group would perform live with an audience at Antone’s, Austin, TX, but Gibbons made the decision to do a virtual show.
“For five consecutive years we’ve looked forward to putting the Jungle Show together between Christmas and New year’s Eve,” Gibbons told Rolling Stone. “It’s been a great way for all of us to cap the old year and bring in the new in rockin’ style. Despite the reality of 2020, we were determined to keep our streak going so we’ve decided to go viral—the good kind of viral—and offer the Jungle Show to the world beyond Austin.”
A handful of merch bundles are available, too, as are VIP packages that come with a show poster signed by the band, a special VIP bandana, and exclusive access to bonus footage.
The Jungle Show came about in 2015 when Billy Gibbons and Flanigin were tapped to perform at the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame’s induction of B.B. King. At that point, most of King’s staples had been picked up by other artists, so the pair decided to cover the 1967 deep cut, “The Jungle.” They enjoyed the performance so much, they booked a follow-up show at Antone’s even without having a full time band.
Flanigin recruited Layton, a drummer who played with Stevie Ray Vaughan. Sue Folely offered to open the show but was eventually asked to join the band. The last piece came together when Jimmie Vaughan agreed to play with Gibbons.
Tickets here for The Jungle Show, virtual livestream concert.