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ZZ Prime’s Elwood Francis Performs with 17-String Bass: Watch

ZZ Prime followers who attended the band’s live performance in Huntsville, Alabama on November fifth had been handled to an odd sight when bassist Elwood Francis broke out an enormous 17-string bass for his or her efficiency of 1983’s “Acquired Me Beneath Strain.” In an interview with Final Traditional Rock, Francis defined the outsized instrument was a late night time impulse buy that he forgot about till frontman Billy Gibbons introduced it to the present.

“I used to be doing night time web looking [and] turned up an image of this loopy 17-string bass,” Francis informed UCR. “I despatched an image to Billy and we laughed about it and made some jokes about truly attempting to make use of it.”

In “a type of ‘maintain my beer’ moments,” Gibbons confirmed up with the bass “a couple of weeks later” after Francis “had forgotten about it.” And the remaining was historical past.

Watch Francis’ efficiency with the 17-string bass by way of the fan-shot footage under.

Final yr, Francis joined ZZ Prime following the sudden loss of life of Dusty Hill. He had been their longtime guitar tech, making him a pure match for the band.

In July, ZZ Prime launched their newest album RAW, which was recorded when Hill was nonetheless alive. Their final studio album was 2012’s Futura. ZZ Prime stays on tour within the US by means of December. Learn our recap of a current live performance right here, and seize your seats by way of Ticketmaster.

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