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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.

London Records
London Records

UPDATE: ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons Thrilled by Recreation of ‘Tres Hombres’ Photo: ‘I Stand in Awe’

A chef re-made the meal featured on ZZ Top's 'Tres Hombres.' Now, Micklethwait's might be getting a visit from Billy Gibbons.

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London Records

45 Years Ago: ZZ Top Arrive With ‘ZZ Top’s First Album’

Released on Jan. 16, 1971, 'ZZ Top's First Album' offered a taste of things to come from the Texas blues-rock band.

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Paramount Pictures

‘Everybody Wants Some’ Trailer and Poster Pay Homage to Classic Rock

Richard Linklater has revealed the first trailer and poster for Everybody Wants Some, the long-awaited "spiritual sequel" to his rock-fueled coming-of-age comedy classic Dazed and Confused.

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Al Bello, Getty Images
Al Bello, Getty Images

The Time ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill Shot Himself in the Stomach

Like any rootin', tootin' Texas good old boy, ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill has spent his fair share of time packing heat -- and he has the scar in his belly to prove it.

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ZZ Top Announce 2016 ‘Hell Raisers’ Tour

ZZ Top will return to the road in 2016.

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Billy Gibbons Hits the Road Solo: Setlist, Photo, Videos

ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons kicked off his first-ever solo tour last week, temporarily trading his spot in rock's most enduring trio to front a new, larger group.

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Warner Bros. Records
Warner Bros. Records

The Moment When ZZ Top Began Their ’80s Transformation

'Deguello' was the last ZZ Top album of the '70s, and in more ways than one.

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ZZ Top, ‘Planet of Women’ vs. Creedence Clearwater Revival, ‘It Came Out of the Sky': Rock Star Wars

ZZ Top's "Planet of Women" takes on Creedence Clearwater Revival's "It Came Out of the Sky" in round one of our Rock Star Wars.

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Concord Music
Concord Music

Billy Gibbons, ‘Perfectamundo': Album Review

Billy Gibbons' 'Perfectamundo' contains just about everything you could hope for in the first-ever solo album from ZZ Top's frontman.

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Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

30 Years Ago: ZZ Top Keep the Synths, and Stay Hot, on ‘Afterburner’

ZZ Top's 'Afterburner' once again made liberal use of stabbing keyboards and various computerized loops, and once again shot up the charts.

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