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When ZZ Top came out of Houston in the early ‘70s, they played a fuzzy mix of blues and boogie rock that totally suited their appearance and background. With slight variations over the years, that’s pretty much what they’ve stuck with for the past four decades. After a somewhat stumbling start, the trio (Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard) locked into 1973’s ‘Tres Hombres’ with a crowded-barroom intensity that shot them straight into the Top 10. Ten years later, they slapped a bunch of synth-driven pop rhythms on top of their beer-soaked rock ‘n’ roll and scored the biggest album of their career, ‘Eliminator,’ which yielded radio classics like ‘Gimme All Your Lovin’ and ‘Sharp Dressed Man’ and made them instant MTV stars. Since then, ZZ Top have released a steady stream of records and have regularly hit the road for their still-entertaining stage show.

Top 10 Jesus Songs

Jesus
Tom Shaw, Allsport /Getty Images

Jesus has either made a cameo or had a starring role in many a classic rock song, as you'll see in these Top 10 Jesus Songs.

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ZZ Top and Jeff Beck Announce Summer 2014 Tour

ZZ Top and Jeff Beck
Mad Ink PR

Guitar lovers, prepare yourselves for a live music feast: Jeff Beck and ZZ Top are going on tour together this summer.

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ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons Defends Nickelback

Ethan Miller, Getty Images
Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Billy Gibbons, who joined the often-mocked Canadian band Nickelback on the title track for their 2005 studio effort 'Rockstar,' makes no apologies about an association that began with a chance meeting.

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‘La Grange’ Vs. ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ – March Riff Madness

Lynyrd Skynyrd ZZ Top March Riff Madness

 

ZZ Top's 'La Grange' will battle Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Sweet Home Alabama' in round two of Ultimate Classic Rock's March Riff Madness, with your votes determining the winner.

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‘More Than a Feeling’ Vs. ‘La Grange’ – March Riff Madness

Boston ZZ Top March Riff Madness

 

It's Beantown vs. Tejas as ZZ Top's 'La Grange' faces off against Boston's 'More Than a Feeling' in round one of Ultimate Classic Rock's March Riff Madness competition.

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Meet the OTHER Three Members of ZZ Top

ZZ Top Alumni
Lanier Greig / Billy Ethridge / Dan Mitchell

For the last 45 years, ZZ Top has been the most dependable bands in rock and roll, sticking with the same three-man lineup while groups like the Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath and even AC/DC underwent a series of personnel changes. But did you know that in the brief time before the Little Ol’ Band from Texas settled on their current configuration, no less than three other people were in the group? Here are their stories.

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ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill on the Band’s Longevity: ‘We Still Love It’

Dusty Hill
Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images

ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill isn't the most-interviewed member of the band, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have his share of stories to tell -- like the time he drove himself to the hospital after accidentally shooting himself in the abdomen.

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20 Years Ago: ZZ Top Release ‘Antenna’

ZZ Top, 'Antenna'
RCA

After rising to prominence in the '70s and bringing Texas boogie blues to the Top 40 in the '80s, ZZ Top entered the '90s in a rather unusual position: as members of the rock establishment, with $35 million in the bank thanks to a rich new deal with RCA Records.

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ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons Joins Daryl Hall on ‘Live From Daryl’s House’

Billy Gibbons and Daryl Hall
Ian Johnson Photography

After a lengthy hiatus, Daryl Hall's award-winning series 'Live From Daryl's House' is back with a new run of episodes -- and Hall's first guest is none other than ZZ Top guitarist and singer Billy Gibbons.

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ZZ Top Announce New 2014 Tour Dates

ZZ Top
Ross Halfin

The guys in ZZ Top have spent much of the last 45 years on the road, and 2014 will be no different.

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