Top 10 Educated Guesses for Free Press Summer Fest
Thanks to last year's choice reissue The Complete Collection, Billy Gibbons has resurrected his pre-ZZ Top band for one New York City date next month and one at the Austin Psych Festival in late April, but hasn't announced any Houston plans. We mean, come on...
Estimated Odds: 33 percent. ZZ Top's schedule lists three open weeks between a casino gig in Biloxi, Miss., and several weeks of European dates starting mid-June. Now would be the time. As for ZZ itself, we all know it's inevitable, and the Chronicle even admitted as much, but whether or not it's this year is up in the air. CHRIS GRAY
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Earlier this week, Trent Reznor announced he'll be bringing the Nails out on the road this year with a lineup including King Crimson guitarist Adrian Belew(!), ex-Jane's Addiction bassist Eric Avery and Telefon Tel Aviv's Josh Eustis. His plans for NIN stretch well into 2014, so a surprise FPSF appearance would be a hell of a way to work out the kinks -- and a hell of a way for the festival to grab something more than regional headlines.
Estimated Odds: 10 percent. This is just a stone-cold hunch, but it would be quite a coup for FPSF. Either way, Houston is almost assured a spot on Reznor's announced but as-yet-unplotted fall U.S. tour. CHRIS GRAY
Other "Wild" Guesses: Bob Dylan (why not?), She & Him, Mobb Deep, Alabama Shakes, Flaming Lips, Geto Boys