ZZ Top

August 7, 2017 by  
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“With six #1 singles, 10 platinum plus selling albums, ZZ Top is one of the few groups to still have all their original members,” said Michael Fleishman, Attractions Director for Community Concerts. ZZ Top will be one of our biggest shows ever, and it promises a night of down-home, Southern rock!”

ZZ Top, aka “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas,” lay undisputed claim to being the longest running major rock band with original personnel intact and, in 2004, the Texas trio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A band of three – Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard — are still very much together after more than 45 years of rock, blues, and boogie on the road and in
the studio. “Yeah,” says Billy, guitarist extraordinaire, “we’re the same three guys, bashing out the same three chords.”

Audiences remember ZZ Top’s First Album and Rio Grande Mud that reflected their strong blues roots, and 1973’s Tres Hombres catapulted them to national attention with the hit “La Grange,” still one of the band’s signature pieces today. Billy, Dusty and Frank were video icons, playing a kind of Greek chorus in videos that highlighted three smash singles: “Gimme All Your Lovin’, “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Legs.” The group is a certified rock institution, contemporary in every way, yet still completely connected to the founding fathers of the genre.

The band’s support for the blues is unwavering both as interpreters of the music and preservers of its legacy. It was ZZ TOP that celebrated “founding father” Muddy Waters by turning a piece of scrap timber than had fallen from his sharecropper’s shack into a beautiful guitar, dubbed the “Muddywood.”

 

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