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ZZ Top, the "quintessential Texas boogie band," was formed in 1969 in Houston from rival psychedelic bands, the Moving Sidewalks (guitarist Billy Gibbons) and the American Blues (bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard). While they would eventually become famous for hits such as "Legs," "Sharp Dressed Man," and "La Grange," the band's first two albums reflected ZZ Top's blues roots and Texas sense of humor -- as they struggled to build on their success as a local and regional act. Among their early influences: Jimi Hendrix, Howlin' Wolf, and Elvis Presley.
The album release went hand-in-hand with the announcement of ZZ Top's 1996-1997 "Continental Safari" tour. Shortly thereafter, ZZ Top embarked on a follow-up global tour, called "Mean Rhythm." A press release, schedule and reviews and set list are available for the tour. An article from Guitar Magazine is also available.
Of special interest...
10/2/96: ZZ Top appeared as guests on the Late Show with David Letterman playing their new single "What's Up With That."
1/26/97: ZZ Top appeared at the Super Bowl Halftime Show. (Press Release).
10/28/97: ZZ Top appeared as surprise guests on the VH1 Fashion Awards. (Press Release).
9/30/98: Dusty Hill made a cameo appearance on the Drew Carey Show.
The "Fearless Boogie" single was released to US radio on 9/3/99. An audio clip (1.3MB .wav) and CD single cover are available. An audio clip (409k .wav) is also available for "36-22-36," track 4 on the new album.
Of special interest...
9/29/99: ZZ Top was featured on the "Rockline" program.
10/7/99: The band were guests on the Late Show with David Letterman, performing "Fearless Boogie" with the Late Show band.
3/5/00: ZZ Top hosted an online chat, answering questions and announcing new tour dates. (Read the chat transcript.)
Over 100 concert dates took place on the "XXX Tour" with special guest Lynyrd Skynyrd. Billy Gibbons referred to it as "a collision of the rednecks." The tour was scheduled to continue through July 2000, however, due to Dusty Hill's serious illness, June and July dates were postponed indefinitely. Please check the Dusty Update for further details. Available here are the XXX concert schedule, notes and reviews, and set lists.
ZZ Top performed at the inauguration
party of President George W. Bush. The set list included a new song called
"Man Upstairs." Check zztop.com
for plen'y details.
5/8/01: Billy Gibbons is a guest on the John Mayall CD "Along for the Ride," released today. Other guests on the album include Jonny Lang, Steve Cropper and Jeff Healey.
8/01: BFG sat in with Kid Rock on Rock's "If I Were President", on Mtv's 20th Anniversary special. [video]
2/21/02: ZZ Top played RodeoHouston. Reviews are available from the Houston Chronicle and from mailing lizzt members Mike Keith and Francene Price. Photos are available in the Photo Album.
Dusty got married! Check out the press release and pictures on the Dusty Wedding page.
Country music update: Billy Gibbons is featured on the new Hank Williams III album Lovesick Broke & Driftin' on the song "Trashville." ZZ Top also appeared with Brooks & Dunn on the April 21 episode of CMT Crossroads. Their performance was taped on March 3 in Nashville in front of a studio audience at the Grand Ole Opry House. Moving right along... Country artists including Willie Nelson, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn and others pay tribute to ZZ Top with a new album Sharp Dressed Man: A Tribute to ZZ Top, out on May 7. Consensus: If you're into country, you might consider it. According to CMT.com, Gibbons and Hill also backed several country acts at RCA's recent General Jackson riverboat concert. Lastly, Billy Gibbons makes a brief appearance in the Tim McGraw video "The Cowboy In Me."
Billy Gibbons has appeared in a Quaker State motor oil commercial. The ad features some of his hot rods including Eliminator, Cadzzilla and the Hogzzillas. In the ad, Billy looks for help changing his oil, and a group of women in pit crew jumpsuits pop out. A video clip [5MB .mpg] is available.
ZZ Top completed a short tour of casinos in the US in May '02. A European tour leg took place next in October-November 2002. All pertinent information including dates, set lists, reviews, photos, etc. for both tours can be found on the Past Tour Info Page. Drummer Frank Beard underwent an operation during the European tour. Check the Frank Update for details.
The movie "Back to the Future, Part III," wherein ZZ Top made a cameo appearance as a 3-piece band, was released on DVD in the US on December 17, 2002. The DVD has also been released in Europe. The Doubleback music video is included as a bonus feature on this DVD.
Billy Gibbons was recently interviewed by Car Crazy on the Speed Channel. The show first aired Feb. 15, 2003. A video clip (34MB divx encoded .avi) is available. (Thanks to SV.)
3/4/03: The boyzz played RodeoHouston for the second time. A Houston Chronicle review and set list are available.
5/26/03: ZZ Top appeared on the USA Network for a 70th birthday tribute to Willie Nelson, playing "She Loves My Automobile." The show was originally taped in New York in April. A video clip (25MB divx encoded .avi) is available thanks to SV.
6/13/03: The Austin Chronicle published this article regarding Clive Davis and the Mescalero snafu.
6/28/03: ZZ Top played at the Corvette 50th Anniversary in
Nashville, Tennessee. A news
article is available, along with an article
on B.G.'s Les Paul 50th
Anniversary Corvette guitar. Also check out the
recent Corvette print advertisement featuring
lyrics from the song "Chevrolet" off Rio Grande Mud.
11/6/03: ZZ Top made an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Video clip is available now! [Unless you have a very fast net connection, (right click to) save the file, then play it when done downloading. Otherwise it may appear choppy due to your player attempting to play it faster than it can be downloaded.]
Billy Gibbons made a guest appearance on Kid Rock's new album Kid Rock which came out November 11, 2003.
ZZ Top has been inducted into the Rock & Roll
Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held March 15th 2003 at the
Hotel in New York, and aired on VH1 on Sunday March 21 at 8pm and 10pm. A video clip (59MB mpg) is available. About
The Houston Chronicle article
was one of more than 400 news outlets to
mention ZZ Top in this regard.
An AP press release on their nomination
and Billboard articles on the induction and the inductees' reactions.
The 'Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers' tour, which began in April 2003, wrapped up in November 2003 but the tour was extended with a series of dates in July-September 2004. The schedule and full concert information including press release, review and set lists can be found on the Past Tour Info page. A press release is also available. Opening most shows were Ted Nugent and Kenny Wayne Shepherd with Double Trouble. ZZ Top closed the Compaq Center in Houston, playing the final show there the night of November 22, 2003. The venue, previously known as the Summit, was to be converted into a church. Check the press release and Houston Chronicle article for further details. An advertisement for that show is also available on the Photo Album page.
7/26/04: Billy Gibbons sat in at a Los Angeles studio for a midnight jam with Queens of the Stone Age. It was rumored that BFG's contributions might make QOTSA's new album.
3/15/05: Billy G. does a Q&A in the May 2005 issue of Guitar World. He also reviews the new Los Super Seven disc "Heard It on the X".
3/22/05: Queens of the Stone Age (QOTSA) released their new album, Lullabies to Paralyze. Billy G. plays and sings on track 6, "Burn the Witch". It is reported that the limited edition album contains a DVD with a video clip of BFG and QOTSA playing & talking.
4/1/05: ZZ Top plays the Discovery Channel's "Biker Build Off Ultimate Chop" award show at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas. Videos are available for Cheap Sunglasses and Waitin' for My Bike. Early tickets to the taping were offered to mailing lizzt members. The show first aired on April 3rd and repeats continued to air thereafter.
4/20/05: Billy Gibbons makes a cameo appearance on Speedvision's Build or Bust. Video clips 1 and 2 are available thanks to Ryan Grealy.
8/5/05: BFG collaborates on the score to the new Dukes of Hazzard movie, press release and photo here.
8/21/05: Star Travel, on the Travel Channel, featured 10 minutes with Billy Gibbons and his hot rods. 36mb avi thanks to Sean Vincent.
Billy Gibbons is featured on Nickelback's album All the Right Reasons released October 4th. Gibbons plays on the "Follow You Home" track. BG also appears on Vivian Campbell's new album Two Sides of If, as musician and writer of the "Willin' for Satisfaction" song which he reportedly penned minutes before it was recorded. Further, BG appears on a track called "Tired of your Jive" on the new B.B. King album 80 released September 13th. Lastly, Gibbons will be a part of the Les Paul & Friends album American Made World Played released August 30, playing on the "Bad Case of Lovin' You" track. [mp3]
Billy's autobiography, "Billy F. Gibbons: Rock + Roll Gearhead" was released on October 15, 2005. Press coverage is available from Rubber Magazine. Lister Jerry says, "The content is AWESOME! Lots of pictures of Billy, his cars, hot women and guitars. It doesn't get much better. Billy's story telling ability is in overdrive." For further information visit the Photo Album and Books pages under More About ZZ Top.
Nov. 11, 2005: ZZ Top completed their 2005 "Whack Attack" tour. Check the tour page for full details.
Billy appeared for book signings at the following locations:
Independent filmmaker Jamie Chamberlin spent four days with Billy Gibbons documenting the release of his book, his studio and radio appearances, and the people who surround him. The trailer can be viewed on YouTube. Jamie requests that viewers interested in seeing the entire film post their comments on YouTube.
Nov. 28, 2005: Billy appeared on Leno with Queens of the Stone Age. Fan reviews were mixed with widespread confusion about BFG's interest in QOTSA alongside appreciation of his strong guitar performance.
Feb. 28, 2006: Warner released reissues of "Tres Hombres" and "Fandango!" According to this article each album features three additional live tracks.
April 23, 2006: Billy Gibbons was featured in an interview on the T-Bird Show.
According to 96kzel.com, ZZ Top was inducted into the City of Houston's Hall of Fame at a gala dinner on August 23 at the Worthham Theater. For full details see the article on 96kzel.com.
August 31, 2006: BFG made a guest appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards, joining the Raconteurs for "Cheap Sunglasses". Check out the Buck Owens guitar in this video clip.
Sept. 11, 2006: Jim Slotek & Jane Stevenson write in this article in the Toronto Sun that BFG may lend his voice to one of the cars in the new car culture documentary "Tales of the Rat Fink."
Sep. 18, 2006: ZZ Top is parting ways with manager Bill Ham and the RCA label. Ham, president of Austin-based Lone Wolf Management, played a central role in the formation of the band around 1969 and was, according to many accounts, a key player in the band's development for much of their early years. His style was undoubtedly key to building ZZ Top's mystique as an act. Articles from Reuters and The Austin American Statesman are available.
October 1, 2006: "Skydog: The Duane Allman Story", a hardcover biography by Billy Gibbons is available from Barnes & Noble at www.bn.com.
ZZ Top received the International Entertainment Buyer's Association's Lifetime Achievement Award at their conference in Nashville, October 15-17, 2006. For further details see this article from Entertainment Magazine.
10/24/06: Restless Records will release "Butchering the Beatles", featuring Billy Gibbons singing and playing guitar on "Revolution".
November 30, 2006: Tour dates were posted for the 2007 Tour. Check the old concerts page for more details including set lists and show notes from the first shows. Note: The European tour dates announced previously were cancelled so that Dusty could undergo medical treatments for a benign growth in his inner ear that is affecting his hearing. Check the Dusty Update for the latest.
December 6, 2006: The Austin American Statesman has reported that ZZ Top has signed the Sanctuary Group to be their new management. Here is a subsequent article from Encore.
March 14, 2007: VH-1 Classic aired the Celebrity Poker Tournament with Dusty at 10pm EST, rerunning it several times over the next few days.
April 7, 2007: ZZ Top was inducted into the Southeast Texas Walk of Fame. This article from KBTV has more details.
May 12, 2007: VH1 honored the music and influence of ZZ Top at their Rock Honors show at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
May 16, 2007: BFG made another guest appearance on Bones airing on Fox.
November 12, 2007: Billy appeared alongside Roky Erickson at an Austin City Limits taping. The show was scheduled to be broadcast on January 12th. Thanks to CW for the tip. BK, who was at the taping, reports that Billy "absolutely didn't want to steal the spotlight away from his friend Roky, who he musically looked up to as a young man. He was clearly enjoying the experience immensely, and paying something back. Billy never stepped forward for any of his solos. The only thing he did besides playing was, during applause breaks, to twice point his index fingers at Roky."
January 3, 2008: ZZ Top was the major attraction during the halftime show of the 2008 Orange Bowl at Dolphin Stadium.
February 25, 2008: Tour dates are posted for the 2008 "El Camino Ocho" Tour. Check the old concerts page for more details.
ZZ Top: Live from Texas,
a widescreen DVD with DTS/Dolby Digital 5.1/Dolby Stereo sound,
captured live during the most recent tour, was released June 9, 2008
in Europe and June 24th in the US. Click here for the sales bulletin. A review is
ZZ Top appeared at the Hard Rock Cafe in Houston on June 23, 2008 to promote their new Live From Texas DVD. Free open-to-the-public viewing parties were held at select Hard Rock Cafes throughout the US. Check the press release from Kayos Productions for the schedule and further info. Cineplex Entertainment also screened "Live from Texas" on June 19th at approximately 50 theaters across Canada. Check their press release for further information.
7/2/08: According to an article on Billboard.com, ZZ Top has signed a record deal with American Recordings. According to the article, further small venue concert dates are expected, to be followed by a new album.
8/11/2008: Tour dates are posted for the continuation of the 2008 "El Camino Ocho" Tour, now dubbed the "In Your Face" Tour. Check the old concerts page for full details.
10/14/2008: "We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year" is released, including "Run Rudolph Run" performed by Dave Grohl, Lemmy Kilmister and Billy Gibbons.
Live from Texas, CD soundtrack of the
eponymous DVD, was released 10/15/2008.
Press release from Kayos thanks to antiMUSIC.
12/17/2008: Additional concert dates have been released through August 2010!
7/2/2009: Aerosmith postponed upcoming shows due to artist injury. More here. (Update 7/22/09: The show appears to go on albeit with ongoing changes on the Aerosmith side.) (Update 8/11: More dates ditched.)
8/14/2009: ZZ Top/Aerosmith tour cancelled due to Aerosmith band member injury. Check the concerts page for additional ZZ Top dates.
9/4/2010: Concert dates are posted through the end of 2011. Check the concerts page for more details. This schedule will be updated constantly as new information is released and dates are confirmed.
5/15/2011: Billy Gibbons has been appointed to the position of Texas State Musician 2012 by the Texas State Legislature. For more information check out mi2n and Texas Commission on the Arts which has a particularly detailed biography of BFG. Congratulations Billy!
7/31/2011: Billy Gibbons, in an interview with Mojo Magazine, described the album ZZ Top is currently recording. Along with the interview is an audio clip of a new song, called "Flying High". Check Guitar World for a full writeup.
8/6/2011: BFG joins Slash, Joe Bonamassa and others on Leslie West's new album, "Unusual Suspects".
1/11/2012: ZZ Top plays RodeoHouston again this year. Click for details!
2/3/2012: Began posting Summer 2012 dates on the concerts page!
10/11/2011: New album "ZZ Top: A Tribute from Friends" is released, featuring
Coheed & Cambria, Daughtry, Filter, Wyclef Jean, Jamey Johnson, Loaded,
Mastodon, Nickelback, Grace Potter, Wolfmother, Mick Fleetwood, Steven Tyler,
Jonny Lang & John McVie. A detailed article is available at musicradar.com. Note that unlike
past tribute albums, this
album appears well-coordinated by the
'Top themselves: for starters, the album lists executive producers
Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard and Carl Stubner! Just a courtesy,
you say? The So-Cal Speed
Shop logo is featured on the back cover of the album and none other than a
Mescalero skeleton with
a bottle labeled "Pura Vida" is on the front. Yes, a product placement for
BFG's "preferred" tequila too! Also note Billy F Gibbons is
listed in the liner notes as playing electric guitar on Just Got Paid,
"courtesy of American Recordings"; Gibbons is also given credit for art
direction and design. Liner notes indicate management by Carl Stubner and
Blain Clausen at Sanctuary Artist Management, with Blain Clausen as
Project Manager. So, we hereby invite ZZ Top -- band, management, crew, pets...
-- join us and
help coordinate and direct
the next fan tribute album.... specifically, we request Dusty
to sit in on Thug, we want... uhh.. hello? Hm. The line went dead. Guess not.
You got the album too, and you want to write the 'official review' to be posted on this site? Contact me at the email address at the bottom of the page...
5/7/2012: Updated clip with a longer version of ZZ Top playing their new
single, "I Gotsta Get Paid" in a Jeremiah Weed beer commercial.
Long-awaited new alben, LA FUTURA,
was released September 11, 2012. New
tracks (in addition to those already released on
Texicali) are "Heartache in Blue", "I Don't Wanna Lose, Lose
You", "It's Too Easy Mañana", "Big Shiny Nine", "Flyin' High"
and "Have a Little Mercy". Check out Musicradar.com's interview with Billy Gibbons which
covers the new album track by track!
Best Buy is selling a special edition version of the CD
containing two bonus tracks, "Threshold of a Breakdown" and "Drive By Lover".
music video is available for "I Gotsta Get
For album reviews, check
The Houston Chronicle,
The Guardian and
According to this article, a sequel album is expected consisting of up to 12 tracks that were recorded in studio but omitted from La Futura.
Rhino Records released "The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1990", a collection
of ZZ Top's first 10 albums in their original format, that is, without the
electronic redubbing that was added to the CDs when they were first released.
Much of this content will probably be similar to the Chrome Smoke & BBQ box set
but this will make a nice reference collection for those who don't have all
the early albums or want to hear what the music originally sounded like. Raw!
Stay tuned to the mailing lizzt and newzzfeed for more in depth information!