ZZ Top Legend Billy F. Gibbons to Join Morris Day and The Time for Back-to-Back Performances at The STRAT Hotel, Casino & Tower
September 14, 2023
LAS VEGAS – Sept. 14, 2023 – The STRAT Hotel, Casino & Tower and SPI Entertainment today announced that Billy F. Gibbons, the vocalist and guitarist of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band, ZZ Top, will join Morris Day and The Time as a special guest performer on Friday, Sept. 29 and Saturday, Sept. 30. Morris Day and The Time to perform their single, “Too Much Girl 4 Me,” live for the first time. Tickets to the show, which will be held at The STRAT Theater, are on sale now on The STRAT’s website, linked here.
“ZZ Top’s original blues rock sound is in a league all their own and coming together with my friend, Billy Gibbons, to make a song together, it was pure magic,” said Day. “We’ve chosen Las Vegas as the first place for us to perform “Too Much Girl 4 Me” together, live, and it’s going to be a party.”
After spending his early career as the guitarist of the band, the Coachmen, which was later renamed the Moving Sidewalks, Gibbons sought to form a more boogie and blues rock-based band. In 1969, Gibbons co-founded ZZ Top alongside bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard. The band released five classic albums over the next six years, including the 1970s self-titled debut, “Rio Grande Mud” in 1972, “Tres Hombres” in 1973, “Fandango” in 1975 and “Tejas” in 1976, propelling ZZ Top to become one of the country’s top rock bands. In 1983, the band released multi-platinum album “Eliminator,” including smash hits “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Gimme All Your Lovin’” and “Legs.”
As the charismatic front man of the iconic ’80s funk group, Day will bring his signature flare, fashion and funk to The STRAT. Day was childhood friends with Prince, one of the greatest performers in music history, and sang in his first band, Grand Central. He was chosen by Prince to lead The Time, which he created as his alter-ego in music as a cool, streetwise funk band to contrast Prince and the Revolution’s soulful rhythm and blues sound. Day and The Time were cast in “Purple Rain,” which captured the exploding Minneapolis music scene at its peak. The group’s famed scenes in Prince’s film cemented their place in pop culture, as the film is revered as one of the best music movies ever.
Following the filming, Day burst into the public scene with the group’s self-titled 1981 album, “The Time,” which included hit songs “Get It Up,” “Cool” and “Girl.” The group went on to record three more albums, including the 1982 “What Time Is It?,” featuring the hits “777-9311,” “Wild And Loose,” “Walk” and “Gigolos Get Lonely Too”; and “Ice Cream Castle” in 1984, which included the hit “Jungle Love.” After three albums, Day launched his solo career, releasing albums including “Color Of Success” in 1985, “Daydreaming” in 1987 and “Guaranteed” in 1992. Day recently released his fifth and final solo album, “Last Call,” in 2022, which debuted at No. 1 on iTunes’ Top 100 R&B chart.
Show times will be at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7 p.m. Ticket prices start at $75 and can be purchased at http://tickets.thestrat.com/MorrisDay. Tickets for “The Cool Life VIP Experience,” including pre-show soundcheck experience; an autographed copy of Day’s book and “Las Call” CD; and photo with Day, will also be available starting at $500.
Accommodating up to 950 guests, The STRAT Theater includes a party pit directly in front of the stage, making it one of the most intimate showrooms in Las Vegas. Prior to Morris Day and The Time’s shows, the Red Rocker, Sammy Hagar; epic rock band, Cheap Trick; and GRAMMY award winner, Rick Springfield, have most recently taken the iconic stage.
More information about The STRAT and the show is available at TheSTRAT.com.
About The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod
The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod, formerly the Stratosphere, Casino, Hotel & Tower, has introduced a full reinvention of the iconic property since Golden Entertainment, Inc. took ownership in late 2017. Located on the north Strip at the gateway to the Arts District at 2000 S. Las Vegas Blvd., the hotel offers 2,427 guest rooms, including the newly remodeled “Elevate” series rooms and suites, and an 80,000-square-foot casino. The SkyPod, located at the top of the iconic tower at 1,149 feet high, is comprised of Top of the World, serving award-winning cuisine in a 360-degree rotating dining room on the 106th floor; the Observation Deck, which offers SkyJump, 108 Eats and 108 Drinks, located on the 108th floor; and thrill rides, located at the top of the tower, including Big Shot and X-Scream. The STRAT is home to residences for Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Sammy Hagar, who brings his legendary Cabo San Lucas birthday parties to life with “Sammy Hagar & Friends;” and Cheap Trick, whose shows pay tribute to monumental performances such as Live at Budokan, the band’s legendary live album recorded in Tokyo. The STRAT’s main floor has introduced CHĪ Asian Kitchen, PT’s Wings & Sports, View Lounge and STRAT Café, each offering chef-driven cuisine; the William Hill Sports Book; and REMIX Lounge. The STRAT offers two resort-style pools, WET24, located on the rooftop of the 24th floor, open seasonally; and the Elation Pool, with a poolside café. A variety of shows and entertainment include “Banachek’s Mind Games Live,” a mentalist act; iLuminate, a multi-sensory blend of dance and technology; ROUGE, an exciting, topless spectacular and immersive, sensual experience; and L.A. Comedy Club, which showcases up-and-coming stand-up comics. Golden Entertainment, Inc.’s innovative guest loyalty rewards program, True Rewards, is now available at The STRAT and 140+ other locations. More information is available at www.TheSTRAT.com or by calling 702-380-7777. The STRAT is on social media at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
About Golden Entertainment, Inc.
Golden Entertainment owns and operates gaming properties across two divisions – casino operations and distributed gaming. Golden Entertainment operates approximately 16,000 slots, 120 table games and 6,200 hotel rooms. Golden Entertainment owns ten casino resorts – nine in Southern Nevada and one in Maryland. Through its distributed gaming business in Nevada and Montana, Golden Entertainment operates video gaming devices at approximately 1,000 locations and owns 65 gaming taverns in Nevada. For more information, visit www.goldenent.com.
About SPI Entertainment:
SPI Entertainment, helmed by award-winning Producer and Founder Adam Steck and Senior Vice President Alex Schechter, is a leading Theatrical Production Company with several buzzed-about resident shows in the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas, and several shows touring internationally. With a successful track record of building entertainment brands and partnering with world-class celebrities, SPI has become the preeminent Theatrical Producer and Theater Operator in Las Vegas and beyond. In addition to SPI Entertainment producing dozens of sold-out and critically acclaimed shows, SPI Entertainment partnered with The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod to bring an exciting lineup of productions and residencies to the STRAT Theater, including sold-out performances by Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar; epic rock band, Cheap Trick; and GRAMMY award-winning artist, Rick Springfield; as well as manages and operates the Thunderland Showroom inside the Excalibur Hotel and Casino. SPI Entertainment has produced Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth at MGM Grand; Boyz II Men at The Mirage; Australia’s Human Nature Sings Motown & More at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas; and The Australian Bee Gees Show at Excalibur Hotel & Casino. SPI's biggest hit, Australia's Thunder from Down Under at Excalibur Hotel & Casino, is one of the longest-running productions in the history of Las Vegas and highest-grossing male revue in the world, with more than 1,000 shows a year throughout the United States and beyond.
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