Scene and Heard

ZZ Top to Play Iroquois Amphitheater July 29

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on May 13, 2014

AC Entertainment and Production Simple are pleased to announce that ZZ Top will be in Louisville for a performance at Iroquois Amphitheater on Tuesday, July 29. Tickets for this all ages show will go on sale to the general public Friday, May 16, at 10am. Reserved Seated tickets start at $59.50-$74.50. Tickets are available via, by phone (877) 987-6487, or in-person at the Iroquois Amphitheater Box Office (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, M-F.)
Phone, internet & outlet orders subject to convenience fee.

ZZ TOP’s music is always instantly recognizable, eminently powerful, profoundly soulful and 100% Texas American in derivation. The band’s support for the blues is unwavering both as interpreters of the music and preservers of its legacy. It was ZZ TOP that celebrated “founding father” Muddy Waters by turning a piece of scrap timber than had fallen from his sharecropper’s shack into a beautiful guitar, dubbed the “Muddywood.” This totem was sent on tour as a fundraising focus for The Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Mississippi, site of Robert Johnson’s famed “Crossroads” encounter with the devil. ZZ TOP’s support and link to the blues remains as rock solid as the music they continue to play. They have sold millions of records over the course of their career, have been officially designated as Heroes of The State of Texas, have been referenced in countless cartoons and sitcoms and are true rock icons but, against all odds, they’re really just doing what they’ve always done. They’re real and they’re surreal and they’re ZZ TOP.

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Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on May 13, 2014

 Over the past five years, Jack White & Third Man Records have brought to life many ideas that were new to the century-old vinyl format. So when it came time for the creative hive to discuss the vision for the pressing of Jack’s Lazaretto, Third Man were keenly aware of what it would take to produce a piece of wax worthy of the music it would contain… No single innovation would suffice. We needed to go big. We needed to go bold. We needed to press an ULTRA LP:

180 gram vinyl
2 vinyl-only hidden tracks hidden beneath the center labels
1 hidden track plays at 78 RPM and 1 plays at 45 RPM, making this a 3-speed record
Side A plays from the outside in
Dual-groove technology: plays an electric or acoustic intro for “Just One Drink” depending on where needle is dropped. The grooves meet for the body of the song.
Matte finish on Side B, giving the appearance of an un-played 78 RPM record
Both sides end with locked grooves
Vinyl pressed in seldom-used flat-edged format
Dead wax area on Side A contains a hand-etched hologram by Tristan Duke of Infinity Light Science, the first of its kind on a vinyl record
Absolutely zero compression used during recording, mixing and mastering
Different running order from the CD/digital version
Utilizes some mixes different from those used on CD/digital versions
Watch masterminds Jack White and Ben Blackwell discuss and demonstrate the ULTRA LP features:

Both the Lazaretto ULTRA LP and the Vault version of the Lazaretto LP contain all ULTRA LP features. Both will also come with an MP3 download card. Pre-orders for the Lazaretto ULTRA LP begin today. Lazaretto will be officially released June 10 on Third Man Records/Columbia.

Pre-Order Lazaretto now:

Jack White will also be hitting the road this summer for a slew of tour dates across North America and Europe. See a full list of tour dates below and go to for further information.


05/29/14 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom * (SOLD OUT)
05/30/14 – Lubbock, TX – Wild West * (SOLD OUT)
05/31-06/01/14 – Houston, TX – Free Press Summer Festival
06/02/14 – Shreveport, LA – Municipal Auditorium * (SOLD OUT)
06/03/14 – New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theatre * (SOLD OUT)
06/05/14 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte * (SOLD OUT)
06/07/14 – New York, NY – Governors Ball Music Festival
06/12-15/14 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
06/25-29/14 – Somerset, UK – Glastonbury Festival
06/26/14 – Dublin, Ireland – Royal Hospital Kilmainham
06/29/14 – Paris, France – L’Olympia (SOLD OUT)
06/30/14 – Paris, France – L’Olympia (SOLD OUT)
07/03/14 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Heineken Music Hall
07/04/14 – Gdynia, Poland – Open’er Festival
07/05/14 – London, England – Eventim Apollo (SOLD OUT)
07/19/14 – Louisville, KY – Forecastle Festival
07/20/14 – St. Louis, MO – Fox Theatre +
07/21/14 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom + (SOLD OUT)
07/23/14 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre + (SOLD OUT)
07/24/14 – Chicago, IL – Auditorium Theatre + (SOLD OUT)
07/27/14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE Outdoors + (SOLD OUT)
07/28/14 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre + (SOLD OUT)
07/30/14 – Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre + (SOLD OUT)
07/31/14 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre +
08/01-03/14 – Montreal, QC – Osheaga Music Festival
08/29-31/14 – Edmonton, AB – Sonic Boom
08/30-31/14 – Calgary, AB – X-Fest

* with Kelley Stoltz
+ with Benjamin Booker