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Music Storytellers - ZZ TOP
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This sturdy American blues-rock trio from Texas consists of Billy Gibbons (guitar), Dusty Hill (bass), and Frank Beard (drums). They were formed in 1970 in and around Houston from rival bands the Moving Sidewalks (Gibbons) and American Blues (Hill and Beard). Their first two albums reflected the strong blues roots and Texas humor of the band. Their third album (Tres Hombres) gained them national attention with the hit "La Grange," a signature riff tune to this day, based on John Lee Hooker's "Boogie Chillen." Their success continued unabated throughout the '70s, culminating with the year-and-a-half-long Worldwide Texas Tour.

Exhausted from the overwhelming workload, they took a three-year break, then switched labels and returned to form with Deguello and El Loco, both harbingers of what was to come. By their next album, Eliminator, and its worldwide smash follow-up, Afterburner, they had successfully harnessed the potential of synthesizers to their patented grungy blues groove, giving their material a more contemporary edge while retaining their patented Texas style. Now sporting long beards, golf hats, and boiler suits, they met the emerging video age head-on, reducing their "message" to simple iconography. Becoming even more popular in the long run, they moved with the times while simultaneously bucking every trend that crossed their path. As genuine roots musicians, they have few peers; Gibbons is one of America's finest blues guitarists working in the arena rock idiom -- both influenced by the originators of the form and British blues-rock guitarists like Peter Green -- while Hill and Beard provide the ultimate rhythm section support.

The only rock & roll group that's out there with its original members still aboard after three decades (an anniversary celebrated on 1999's XXX), ZZ Top play music that is always instantly recognizable, eminently powerful, profoundly soulful, and 100-percent American in derivation. They have continued to support the blues through various means, perhaps most visibly when they were given a piece of wood from Muddy Waters' shack in Clarksdale, MS. The group members had it made into a guitar, dubbed the "Muddywood," then sent it out on tour to raise money for the Delta Blues Museum. ZZ Top's support and link to the blues remains as rock solid as the music they play. A concert CD and DVD, Live from Texas, recorded in Dallas in 2007 and featuring a still vital band, were both released in 2008. The Rick Rubin and Gibbons-produced La Futura, the band's 15th studio album, and the group's first new studio outing since 2003's Mescalero, appeared in 2012.
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| Closed on 02/01/13 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
9 Fans 
56%a. 10 (Awesome band)
33%b. 7-9 (They were good)
0%c. 5-6 (Ok)
0%d. 1-4 (No Interest / Never heard of them)
11%e. They Sucked!

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#1 | 607 days ago

LOVE EM!  The sound is unmistakable...and the thing I find MOST ironic is that only two guys have beards....and..you guessed it...the guy WITHOUT the beard is named....BEARD.
10 (Awesome band)  
  
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#1 | 607 days ago

LOVE EM!  The sound is unmistakable...and the thing I find MOST ironic is that only two guys have beards....and..you guessed it...the guy WITHOUT the beard is named....BEARD.
10 (Awesome band)  
#2 | 607 days ago

Clean shirt, new shoes
And I don't know where I am goin' to.
Silk suit,black tie,
I don't need a reason why.
They come runnin' just as fast as they can
Coz' every girl's crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man.

Gold watch, diamond ring,
I ain' missin'not a single thing.
And cufflinks, stick pin
When I step out I'm gonna do you in.
They come runnin' just as fast as they can
Coz' every girl's crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man.

Top coat, top hat,
I don't worry coz my wallet's fat.
Black shades, white gloves,
Lookin' sharp and lookin' for love.
They come runnin' just as fast as they can
Coz' every girl's crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man

Yes, this band brings back some wonderful memories. Saw the title and started singing (thanx for that, btw) Watching Duck Empire I sing their songs all the way through the show.
10 (Awesome band)  
#3 | 607 days ago

The night they hosted WWE Raw
7-9 (They were good)  
#4 | 607 days ago
Nick__ (+)

Rumour spreadin' a-'round in that Texas town
'bout that shack outside La Grange 
and you know what I'm talkin' about.
Just let me know if you wanna go 
to that home out on the range.
They gotta lotta nice girls ah.

Have mercy.
A haw, haw, haw, haw, a haw.
A haw, haw, haw.
7-9 (They were good)  
#5 | 603 days ago

Sharp Dressed Man (Duck Dynasty!!!)
Many MANY favorite songs by ZZ Top!!!  LOVE EM!!!!!!

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Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers

If you see me walkin down the line
With my favrite honky tonk in mind,
Well, I'll be here around suppertime
With my can of dinner and a bunch of fine.

Beer drinkers and hell raisers, yeah.
Uh-huh-huh, baby, don't you wanna come with me? 

The crowd gets loud when the band gets right,
Steel guitar cryin through the night.
Yeah, tryn to cover up the corner fight
But evrythings cool cause theys just tight.

Beer drinkers and hell raisers, yeah.
Huh, baby, don't you wanna come with me? 
Ah, play it boy.

The joint was jumpin like a cat on hot tin.
Lord, I thought the floor was gonna give in.
Soundin a lot like a house congressional
Cause were experimental and professional.

Beer drinkers, hell raisers, yeah.
Well, baby, don't you wanna come with me? 
10 (Awesome band)  
#6 | 603 days ago

huskerdoug2009 wrote:
The night they hosted WWE Raw
YESSSS!!!  That was awesome and a great WWE night!  :)
10 (Awesome band)  
#7 | 603 days ago

LOVE ZZ TOP    !!!!   First concert ever in San Antonio, eons ago......Via Bus almost ran our car over...lol
                                    saw them last year in San Antonio at the Rodeo ..


       Every girl's crazy bout a sharp dressed "band"
I have listened to them for years and I keep on listening to them  .....                      yes
10 (Awesome band)  

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