The amped-up blues rock of the best ZZ Top songs is the real reason, despite all the hoopla about their cars, videos and on-stage panache, that this lowdown and dirty Texas trio has managed to thrive together for almost forty years. Billy Gibbons, who Jimi Hendrix once named as his favorite
You know what they're not going to need backstage at Bonnaroo next year? Shaving cream, because the heavily-bearded Tom Petty (and the Heartbreakers) and ZZ Top are among the acts reportedly set to headline the annual musical festival this coming June.
British amp manufacturer Orange Amplification isn't just known for its distinctive-looking speakers and cabinets -- they're also responsible for the annual Classic Rock Roll of Honor ceremony held annually in the UK, and this year's awards show saw ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Rush going home with high honors.
They don't exactly occupy the same end of the musical spectrum, but rock legends ZZ Top and up-and-coming metal band the Sword are both from Texas -- and it turns out that's enough shared musical DNA to produce a pretty effective cover.
It's one of the most storied cities in American music, and next month, Memphis will open a hall of fame dedicated to some of the many artists who have helped define its sound -- with an inaugural class that includes Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and ZZ Top.
It takes less that 45 seconds for a long-legged beauty to appear in the new music video for the ZZ Top single 'I Gotsa Get Paid.' The just-released clip reflects the song's rawness. It's not weighted down with impressive lights or complex set designs. The cracks in the desert floor drive the story like Billy Gibbons' guitar powers the blues song.
According to legend, some people will risk going into labor in order to see ZZ Top in person. But if you want to catch the Texas blues-rock greats without even leaving the comfort of your own home, you can do that tonight (Oct. 6). Their slot at the Virgin Mobile Freefest will be streamed online. We have the video embedded below.
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