ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Jams With John Fogerty
... (hennemusic) ZZ Top
guitarist Billy Gibbons joined John Fogerty on stage at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma last Thursday, and video of the event is available. Gibbons joined Fogerty for ZZ Top
's classic "Sharp Dressed Man" before the pair jammed on CCR's "Born On The Bayou." Fogerty is in the middle of a fall US tour in support of his latest album, "Wrote A Song For Everyone." On the fall trip, Fogerty is playing full Creedence Clearwater Revival albums in their entirety; depending on the date, John will perform either 1969's "Bayou Country" or 1970's "Cosmo's Factory." Check out the video of the jam here. hennemusic is an official news provider for antiMusic.com. Copyright hennemusic - Excerpted here with permission. ZZ Top
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From ZZ Top to Screaming Females: the eternal appeal of the power trio
... does) matter How Breaking Bad broke free of the clockwork-universe problem The writers' strike of 2007-08 changed Breaking Bad for the better No related Theologians and numerologists alike will speak to the power of the number three, but for me it always boils down to something a little less lofty: ZZ Top
. ZZ Top
has had the same three members--Billy Gibbons, Frank Beard, and Dusty Hill--since 1970. Nothing has been added or allowed to escape. The band has changed over the years, but not by much; even when 1983's Eliminator leaned on synthesizers and sequencers to update ZZ Top
's bawdy sound for a sterile new decade, things weren't really different. ZZ Top
is unbreakable, its music a stable compound of blues, rock, and raunch. Gibbons, Beard, and Hill didn't invent the idea of the rock threesome, but they learned from the best. Inspired heavily by the three-piece Jimi Hendrix Experience--Hendrix befriended Gibbons in the late '60s, when the latter played in the psychedelic outfit Moving Sidewalks--ZZ Top
is one of many contemporaries that became early examples of the power trio. Others include Cream and Blue Cheer, two groups that made up for their skimpier rosters by distorting ... [ read more ]
40th Anniversary Of ZZ Top's Breakthrough Album Tres Hombres
... fair to say we liked the blues groove," says Gibbons. "And, of course, the subject matter. It was a pleasant surprise when it began making its splash. The popularity was noted in a somewhat delayed fashion since the band were on the road... nobody called up on our nonexistent cell phones or sent an email through the nonexistent Internet. It was, to say the least, a shockingly pleasant surprise." more on this story Radio.com is an official news provider for antiMusic.com. Copyright Radio.com/CBS Local - Excerpted here with permission. 40th Anniversary Of ZZ Top
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ZZ Top (1970-)
Billy Gibbons (guitar, vocals)
Dusty Hill (bass, vocals)
Frank Beard (drums)
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They are the longest-running American rock band with no member changes.
Gibbons and Hill have been growing their beards since 1979. Frank Beard is the only member who does not have a beard.
Jimi Hendrix called Gibbons "One of America's best young guitarists" on The Tonight Show.
They were the first and last band to play McNichols Arena in Denver. It opened in 1975 and closed in 1999.
In a 1984 Saturday Night Live Democratic candidate poll, they received 131,384 votes.
Legend has it that the "ZZ" in their name comes from a design on barn doors and "Top" comes from Tops rolling papers, but in Billy Gibbons' book Rock 'n Roll Gearhead
, he states that while looking at the concert posters that were adorning the wall and trying to come up with a new name for the band, he noticed a poster for ZZ Hill. He liked the ZZ part and thought of using ZZ King, like BB King, but that was too close. However, King was the best, or "tops," so ZZ Top is was. (thanks, Courtney - Miami, FL)
They performed for President George W. Bush a few days before he was inaugurated in 2001. While Governor of Texas, Bush proclaimed May 15, 1997 "ZZ Top Day."
In 1991 a Texas man kidnapped and killed the wife of their manager, Bill Ham. The man was caught and given the death penalty.
They appeared in the 1990 movie Back To The Future III as a Square Dance band.
They opened some shows for Janis Joplin, who was also from Texas.
Their 1976 "Worldwide Texas" tour featured a stage shaped like Texas, as well as a steer, snakes, and cacti.
Hill was diagnosed with Hepatitis C in 2000. They had to cancel a series of shows so he could get treatment.
The icon car that appeared in their videos and on the album cover of the same name is known as The Eliminator. It's a 1933 Ford that Billy Gibbons had made into a Hot Rod, and it proved so popular that he had another one built just like it to go on tour. Gibbons was into Hot Rods and for many kids watching MTV, The Eliminator was their first look at one in action.
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