ZZ Top legend Billy Gibbons and his promoters the Brewer Brothers have blamed each other for Wednesday night’s shambolic show at the Newcastle’s Civic Theatre.
Gibbons performed just three songs, spent 45 minutes on stage in a Q&A session and failed to appear at a $200 per ticket VIP meet and greet session.
That led to some fans throwing beer in plastic cups at the stage and yelling abuse at the 68-year-old Texas blues-rocker. Police were also called to the venue to disperse angry fans.
The Civic Theatre said on Friday that patrons had 14 days to contact the venue to receive a refund.
Gibbons’ management issued a statement on Friday where he failed to apologise to fans and stated he was never contracted to perform music. He said he only signed up to speak about his love of hot rod cars and meet and greet fans.
“It appears that these dates were promoted in such a way as to miscommunicate to ticket holders that a substantial musical performance would be part of these events,” the statement read.
“Billy Gibbons, ever the consummate professional, had not planned nor prepared that kind of program and regrets that his role in those dates appears to him been grossly misstated.”
Hours later the Brewer Brothers issued their own statement blaming Gibbons for not fulfilling his contract.
“The Brewer Brothers sincere [sic] apologize for fan’s [sic] that have been disappointed by Billy Gibbons [sic] appalling performance in his recent show’s [sic] in Australia,” they said.
“Gibbons was clearly engaged to perform the same show he did for the Brewer Brothers in 2016 at the Gold Coast Arts Centre, which was a success and was the basis for the recent tour.”