Followers who noticed ZZ High throughout their latest tour cease in Huntsville, Ala. witnessed an uncommon sight, as bassist Elwood Francis briefly carried out utilizing an outsized 17-string bass.
The mammoth instrument wasn’t only a prop. Francis proved it may really be performed by utilizing the bass for ZZ High’s first variety of the night time, the 1983 Eliminator tune “Bought Me Underneath Strain.” In fan-shot video (see under) the bassist may be seen strumming alongside on the comically giant gadget, a lot to the delight of frontman Billy Gibbons.
No rationalization was initially given for the enormous instrument, as Francis moved to a extra conventional bass for the remainder of the live performance.
Because it seems, the behemoth bass was really the results of some late-night net shopping. Sure, ZZ High found their latest instrument in the identical method that common folks find yourself shopping for bizarre devices and gizmos on Amazon.
“I used to be doing night time web looking out [and] turned up an image of this loopy 17 string bass,” Francis defined in response to an inquiry from UCR. “I despatched an image to Billy and we laughed about it and made some jokes about really making an attempt to make use of it.”
The story may have ended there… however the place’s the enjoyable in that?
“Just a few weeks later, after I had forgotten about it, Billy exhibits up with [the 17 string bass],” Francis defined, describing the scenario as “a type of ‘maintain my beer’ moments.”
Francis joined the ZZ High final following the dying of bassist Dusty Hill. Since then, the musician, who had served because the group’s longtime guitar tech, has been a pure match within the trio.
“He is including an important little bit of enthusiasm,” Hill remarked in July. “Once I see [drummer] Frank Beard smiling for the primary time in 30 years, I do know one thing good’s taking place.”
ZZ High is within the remaining days of their Uncooked Whiskey tour, ending Dec. 2 in Scottsdale, Ariz. From there, the group heads to Las Vegas for a residency at The Venetian Resort and On line casino. No phrase as as to whether the 17-string bass will probably be making a return look.
ZZ High Reside 2022
Images of ZZ High performing reside in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio on July 29, 2022.