ZZ Top aka “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas” Returns to Hard Rock Live on December 28
Tickets on Sale Friday, November 1 at 10 a.m.
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Hollywood, Fla. – ZZ Top aka “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas” returns to Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on December 28, 2013 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 1 at 10 a.m.
ZZ Top 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. Of course, there are only three of them, Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, but it’s a remarkable achievement that they’re still very much together after more than 40 years.
With the release of each of their albums, the band has explored new ground in terms of both their sonic approach and the material they’ve recorded. Evidence of that consistency and adaptability is found in La Futura, their first studio album in nine years. Produced by Rick Rubin and Billy F Gibbons, it reflects the solid blues inspiration that has powered the band since the very beginning with a contemporary approach that underscores the group’s inclination to experiment and explore new sonic vistas. The album includes 10 newly cut tracks including the widely lauded “I Gotsta Get Paid” that has become both a video and in-concert sensation. ZZ Top’s rich history is also the subject of a current box set release. ZZ Top: The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1990 offers no fewer than 10 of the band’s most lauded albums all with the original mixes restored.
It was in Houston in the waning days of 1969 that ZZ Top coalesced from the cores of two rival bands, Billy’s Moving Sidewalks and Frank and Dusty’s American Blues. The new group went on to record the appropriately titled ZZ Top’s First Album and Rio Grande Mud that reflected their strong blues roots. Tres Hombres (1973) catapulted them to national attention with the hit “La Grange,” still one of the band’s signature pieces today. The song is unabashed elemental boogie, celebrating the institution that came to be known as “the best little whorehouse in Texas.” Their next hit was “Tush,” a song about the pursuit of “the good life” that was featured on Fandango! (1975). The band’s momentum and success built during its first decade, culminating in the legendary World Wide Texas Tour with a production that included a longhorn steer, a buffalo, buzzards, rattlesnakes and a Texas-shaped stage. As a touring unit, they’ve been without peer over the years, performing before millions of fans through North America on numerous epochal tours as well as overseas. Their iconography (beards, cars, girls, and that magic keychain) seems to transcend all bounds of geography and language.
Returning with two amazingly provocative albums, Deguello and El Loco, their next release, Eliminator, was something of a paradigm shift. Their roots blues skew was intact, but added to the mix were tech-age trappings that soon found a visual outlet with the nascent MTV. Suddenly, Gibbons, Hill and Beard were video icons, playing a kind of Greek chorus in videos that highlighted the album’s three smash singles: “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Legs.” The melding of grungy guitar-based blues with synth-pop was seamless and continued with the follow-up album Afterburner as they continued their chart juggernaut.
Recycler was released in 1990 followed by Antenna, Rhythmeen, XXX and Mescalero, one of the deepest sets ever presented by the band, with 16 tracks brimming with virtuoso musicianship, humorously enigmatic lyrics and even a track sung entirely in Spanish. More recently, a lavish four-CD box set compilation, Chrome, Smoke & B.B.Q., and a two-CD distillation of that package, Rancho Texicano, were released.
The elements that keep ZZ Top fresh, enduring and above the transitory fray can be summed up in the three words of the band’s internal mantra: “Tone, Taste and Tenacity.” As genuine roots musicians, the members of the band have few peers. Gibbons is widely regarded as one of American finest blues guitarists working in the rock idiom. His influences are both the originators of the form (Muddy Waters, B.B. King, et al.) as well as the British blues rockers who emerged the generation before ZZ’s ascendance. In Billy’s early days of playing, no less an idol than Jimi Hendrix singled him out for praise. Part mad scientist, part prankster, he’s a musical innovator of the highest order.
Hill has long had an affinity for rock’s origins; his earliest performances as a child included Elvis songs convincingly performed. Not only is he a bass virtuoso in his own right, his vocal prowess is awe-inspiring. He’s the lead voice on “Tush” and his ferocious vocals are heard, to great effect, on “Piece” on the new album. Good-natured and diligent, Hill is the rock solid bottom of ZZ Top.
As both a roots and progressive drummer, Beard he has been acknowledged as key to the band’s powerful onstage and in-studio presence. In their early years together, he and Hill served as Lightnin’ Hopkins’ rhythm section which, as Beard tells it, was a life-changing experience. Frank Beard, despite his last name, is the guy in the band without a beard.
ZZ Top’s music is instantly recognizable, eminently powerful, profoundly soulful and 100% Texas American in derivation. They have sold millions of records over the course of their career, have been officially designated as Heroes of The State of Texas, have been referenced in countless cartoons and sitcoms, and are true rock icons.
Tickets cost $84, $69 and $49;* all seats are reserved and available at all Ticketmaster outlets online at www.myhrl.com, www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone: 1-800-745-3000. Doors open one-hour prior to show start time. *Additional fees may apply.
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