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Billy Gibbons Cancels Final Australian Tour Date

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ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons has cancelled the final date of his Up Close and Personal tour in Australia after he walked off-stage in Newcastle 45 minutes into a projected two-hour-and-ten-minute show. His show at the Eaton's Hill Hotel in Brisbane was canceled.

According to Vintage Vinyl News, Gibbons spent 15 minutes on stage during the first two nights at Anita's Theatre in Thirroul. Fans complained on Facebook that Gibbons played three songs the first night and four on the second, and that a portion of the show was devoted to an auction for memorabilia.

Then, at the Civic Centre in Newcastle, Gibbons was midway through his third song when he left the stage and didn't return. According to the Music, fans responded by throwing glass on to the stage, causing New South Wales police to be sent to the venue.

The Up Close and Personal tour was billed as Gibbons' talking about his love of hot rods with his friend Jimmy Shine and playing classic ZZ Top hits. The evenings were billed as consisting of "intimate life stories, while kicking back with Billy as he plays and reflects on some of his favorite tunes and famous riffs."

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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