Surgery Sidelines ZZ Top's Beard
ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard underwent an emergency appendectomy in Paris over the weekend, where the band had arrived to perform last night (Oct. 14) at Le Zenith.ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard underwent an emergency appendectomy in Paris over the weekend, where the band had arrived to perform last night (Oct. 14) at Le Zenith. Unlike the European leg of the band's 2000 XXX world tour, which was canceled when bassist Dusty Hill was diagnosed with hepatitis C, this year's trek to make good on those commitments will go on as planned -- without Beard behind the drum kit.
With friend and drum tech John Douglas (Kik Tracee) on drums, last night's show marked the first that the trio -- which is rounded out by guitarist Billy Gibbons -- has played in its 33-year career without its original lineup. "I really hate to miss a show, but we're lucky that John's available," Beard said in a statement. "I'll be back in there as soon as the doctors give me the OK."
As for Hill, he is now in remission. "I'm living proof that Hepatitis C can be contained and that ZZ Top cannot," he said a few months ago in a statement announcing the tour. The month-long tour kicked off Oct. 1 in Helsinki and will close Nov. 1 in London at the Apollo Hammersmith.
This European jaunt comes during a planned break from recording a new album, which is expected out next year via RCA. It will be followed by an extensive world tour that will return the band to Europe again.
Released in October 1999, ZZ Top's last RCA album, "XXX," debuted at No. 100 on The Billboard 200.