ZZ Top To Close Houston Arena
ZZ Top will play the final concert at Houston's Compaq Center, formerly known as the Houston Summit. The Nov. 22 show will mark the band's 23rd appearance at the venue, longtime home to the Houston RoZZ Top will play the final concert at Houston's Compaq Center, formerly known as the Houston Summit. The Nov. 22 show will mark the band's 23rd appearance at the venue, longtime home to the Houston Rockets National Basketball Association franchise. The building will be converted into the Lakewood International Center ministry facility.
"We've been playing the Summit since jump," ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill says in a statement. "It's been like a second home to us when you consider that, besides the gigs we've done there, all three of us have attended hundreds of games and shows by artists we wanted to see, just like everybody else in Houston."
ZZ Top has played the arena more than any other musical act, followed by Willie Nelson and Neil Diamond, who have each performed there 17 times. The Nov. 22 show -- tickets for which go on sale Saturday (Oct. 11) -- will also mark the end of the band's current Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers tour.
ZZ Top is touring in support of its latest RCA album, "Mescalero." Released last month, the set debuted at No. 57 on The Billboard 200.
In a break from its headlining tour, the band will perform tomorrow (Oct. 7) at the Winston Cup Extreme Tribute Party at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Also appearing will be Hank Williams Jr., Wayne Newton, Trace Adkins, Jimmy Wayne and George Jones, among others. Net proceeds from the event will be donated to the Speedway Children's Charities in honor of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. The event is a pre-cursor to the UAW-GM Quality 500 that will take place at the site on Saturday. R&B star Monica will sing the National Anthem prior to the NASCAR race.
As previously reported, the music of the "little 'ol band from Texas" will be compiled for the four-disc collection "Chrome, Smoke & BBQ: The ZZ Top Box," due Oct. 14 from Warner Bros.