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 have 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 Below Strain.” In an interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, Francis defined the outsized instrument was a late evening impulse buy that he forgot about till frontman Billy Gibbons introduced it to the present.

“I used to be doing evening web looking [and] turned up an image of this loopy 17-string bass,” Francis advised 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 “just a few weeks later” after Francis “had forgotten about it.” And the remaining was historical past.

Watch Francis’ efficiency with the 17-string bass through the fan-shot footage beneath.

Final 12 months, 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 way of December. Learn our recap of a latest live performance right here, and seize your seats through Ticketmaster.