Norton Center for the Arts reschedules ZZ Top, adds Starship
ZZ Top have just announced that scheduled tour dates, including a stop at Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts on Friday, Oct. 24, will resume at the first of the year, stating “Dusty’s well-being is paramount.” The statement is in reference to Dusty Hill, the band’s bass-guitarist, who earlier took a mis-step on his tour bus and injured his hip, and whose energies are now aimed at rehab in expectation of a complete recovery. The Norton Center’s performance of ZZ Top has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 21, 2015, at 8 p.m.
“We’re looking forward to getting out there and rockin’ it with Dusty in a big way—100%,” bandmates Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard commented. Dusty’s usual upbeat wit was very much in evidence as he added that he’d like to see Slim Harpo’s classic “Hip Shake” added to the band’s repertoire.
Current ticket holders for the Norton Center for the Arts’ ZZ Top performance on Oct. 24 are encouraged to hold on to their tickets as they will be honored for the new date. All patrons will receive notification by mail with information on how to apply their tickets to the new date or request a refund.
In the meantime, a new act has been booked for the Oct. 24 slot, which is also Centre College’s Homecoming Weekend. Iconic 80’s rock band Starship, featuring original lead singer Mickey Thomas, will take the Newlin Hall stage.
With his soulful and compelling vocals, Mickey Thomas has established himself as one of rock music’s most recognizable stars. In 1979, Mickey joined Jefferson Starship as lead vocalist after the departure of Grace Slick and Marty Balin. Backed by the power of Mickey’s vocals, Jefferson Starship immediately scored a #1 hit with “Jane.” With this new sound, the group was renamed Starship and continued to record an amazing string of hits including “No Way Out,” “We Built This City,” “Sara” and an Oscar nomination for the #1 hit “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” from the movie Mannequin. Other top hits included “Find Your Way Back,” “Stranger,” “Laying It On The Line” and “It’s Not Over Till It’s Over,” which became Major League Baseball’s theme in 1987. The concert will feature all of the band’s greatest hits, including those from its newest album Loveless Fascination.
“It’s a real wide generation of fans out there,” says Thomas. “I’ve seen 12-year-olds, 65-year-olds and everyone in between.”
For their Norton Center concert, the band will mine their deep back catalog. “We’ll play songs from every record I had a hand in,” says the singer, promising early hits like “Find Your Way Back,” as well as a medley of the group’s earliest hits as Jefferson Airplane. And, of course, the new material.
As Mickey gets ready to start a new chapter in a career that has spanned 40 years, his voice is on fire and the music is a compelling blend of then and now. “Loveless Fascination” is sure to appease long-time Starship fans, while opening the door to a new generation of rockers.
Starship featuring Mickey Thomas will perform at Norton Center for the Arts on Friday, Oct. 24, at 8:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Norton Center at 1-859-236-4692 or 1-877-HIT-SHOW, or visit online at NortonCenter.com.