"Closest I've Seen" - Billy F. Gibbons...ZZ Top
THE ZZ TOPS TECHNICAL SPEC 2016
This document has been put together with help from a crack team of technicians, and other highly trained monkeys . The aim is to help THE ZZTOPS show run as smoothly as possible and so that we, you and most importantly - the audience, has a great time!
If you have any further questions, please contact NIK via email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07533306975. Thanks for reading!
A straight forward 7ft x 7ft drum riser is required. The band do carry their own if one is not available in house. Custom Stacks 1 full size stack will be positioned each side of the drum riser,with video projections shown onto cabs on either side.
Custom Truck Exhaust Mic Stands
2 Truck Exhaust Chrome Mic Stands supplied by the band will be placed front of stage left and right
Please keep the stage as clear as possible and move any monitors to the side of the stage as side fills as Billy and Dusty have worked hard at their funky dance steps and the audience would be shortchanged by only seeing them from the knees upwards !
STAGE LEFT – Nik (Billy Bigguns) Lead Vocals & GUITAR
LOCATED NEXT TO SPEAKER CABS WILL BE A FRACTAL AXE FX 2 JUST
PLUG IN AN XLR IN THE BACK …MAKE IT LOUD AMIGOS ZZ TOP IS A GUITAR DRIVEN BAND PLENTY OF BOTTOM END AND LOW MIDS NO FIZZY TOP END AT ALL CUT THE 10K OUT
STAGE RIGHT – Col (Dusty Thrills) BACKING & ocassional lead Vocals& BASS GUITAR
Tech 21 Bass DI Pedal LOCATED ON PEDALBOARD IN FRONT OF SPEAKER CABS into poweramp feeds 2 x 4x12” Speaker Cabinets.
DI`d via XLR
STAGE CENTRE – Matt (Franks Weird) – DRUMS Mapex 6 Piece Drum
Kit consisting of:-Kick Drum, Snare Drum, 3 x Tom, 1 x Floor Tom, Hi
Hats & Cymbals. The KICK drum IS triggered through a Roland Drum
Module which needs a DI BOX The kit needs 2
overheads and a mic for the snare and hi-hat and toms
On drum riser Backing Track Pedal The Backing Pedal supplys any synthy type noises and intros and outros needs
A DI BOX
TECH SPEC Stage Setup THE ZZ TOPS
1 – KICK DRUM via Roland TD 6Vdrum module needs di box
2 - SNARE NEEDS MICING
3- – 2X Cymbal o/heads
4 – HI HATS NEED MICING
5- Tom 1
6- Tom 2
7- Tom 3
8- Tom 4
9 - tom 5 needs di box
10 –backing track pedal needs Di box
11 – Bass DI from sansamp pedal xlr located stage right
12– Guitar FEED AXE FX 2 xlr located stage left in rack
13- Main Vocals (Billy) stage left
14- Backing & Occasional lead Vocals (Dusty) stage right xlr
RETURNS TO IN EARS
1. JUST Vocals to trantec s4000 iem transmitter identical mix for both Billy and Dusty
2 returning to Franks in ear amp He needs Drums,Bass,Vocals guitar in there too and backing track !ALSO IF POSS HE WANTS A DRUM FILL MONITOR WITH PLENTY OF LOW END THUMP !
Firstly, its ROCK 'N ROLL – So turn it up, it needs to be loud. Deep and thundering loud. We don't lug all those Marshall's around just for fun you know!
ZZ TOP are guitar orientated, so the guitar should be loud (can you see a theme emerging here?) and full sounding, not tinny like 80's pop guitars so roll off the 10k and push those warm soundin mids to achieve cut through the mix. There are no whizz-o guitar effects, or “clean” sounds to worry about. Simply raise the level of Nik (Billy) when he does the solos – don't forget to turn him down again once he's done though!
Next up, the bass drum!
This should also be loud and thumping, it should basically pound you into the ground from a distance of 50 meters. It shouldn't be “clicky”!
As you might have noticed, this has been transcribed here after the bass drum, as the bass drum should be slightly dominant in volume over the bass guitar. This isn't down to an ego spat between the bass player and drummer, but just the way ZZ TOP have always done it. The bass needs to be heard (and felt), but not to the point where the sensation of the big bass drum is lost.
These should be “surfing on the mix”. Not too loud, but clear and intelligible (well, as intelligible as they get!) On the Blusey / Ballady song we would like some Reverb on the vocals a nice big hall if at all possible.
Don't mix them too high! Dusty is a very exitable chap especially if he spies a gaggle of dusky maidens dancing in front of him !
Backing Track Pedal
Don't forget the Backing Track Pedal,During the 80`s the ZZ`s decided to add synths ,boings and bangs to their brand of BBQ Boogie and during the show this will on occasion be brought into play.
PLEASE PLEASE (PLEASE) keep the Backing Track channel open at all times during the show !
Mix everything else around this and you should have it sounding basically right! But really.. You never heard any ZZ TOP before ???