Hold on to your hot rods, Billy F. Gibbons is heading down under in January for a tour of ‘Up Close and Personal’ special events. Accompanied by prolific American hot rod builder, Jimmy Shine, the pair will be entertaining fans in a series of shows along the east coast.

Up Close and Personal is not a concert, but a chance to hear Gibbons talk about his life, and of course love of music and cars. Trust us, he’s got plenty to talk about! Jimmy Shine will also share time on the couch talking hot rods, including the many that he’s built for Gibbons, with whom he’s formed a life long friendship. Expect to gain some great insight into the lives of both men, with plenty of laughs along the way. Of course, one of the greatest guitar players in the world wouldn’t walk out a room of fans without treating them to a sample of his talents, so with hand-picked band the Billy T’Zz, expect Gibbons to blast out a few favourites tracks between drinks in classic ZZ style. Each two hour show will be professionally MC’d by Michael Clark.

Anita’s Theatre in Wollongong will host the first two events scheduled for the evenings of Friday, January 5 and Saturday, January 6. From there, the next gig will be at the Newcastle Civic Centre on January 10, and then on to the Eaton’s Hill Hotel for a single show on Friday, January 12. Ticket prices vary for each venue, and for a special experience you can opt in for the VIP package which includes access to the after-show gathering to meet with Gibbons and Shine. There’ll also be a small amount of reserved parking at each show for cool cars, so best to contact organiser Rod Brewer at if you plan on bringing your wheels.

For pricing and bookings, apply directly to your selected venue:

Friday, Jan 5…   Anita’s Theatre Thirroul, Ph 0477 679 526

Saturday, Jan 6…   Anita’s Theatre Thirroul, Ph 0477 679 526

Wednesday, Jan 10… Newcastle Civic Centre, Ph 02 4929 1977,

Friday, Jan 12… Eaton’s Hill Hotel, Ph 07 3325 6777,

Not your style? Then you can still catch a glimpse of the pair at the Jimmy Shine Classic Hot Rod and Custom Car Show at the Sandstone Point Hotel, on the road to Bribie Island (QLD) on Sunday, January 14. Expect an awesome collection of rods and classics as Jimmy and Billy cruise the field to pick their Top 20. Live music, trade stands, great food and a magic venue right on the water will make for a great day out.

Need more? Then call Rod Brewer of The Brewer Brothers on 0418 762 576, or email

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