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.
Dusty Hill’s Replacement Has a ZZ Top Beard Due to the Pandemic
Bassist demanded the band continue on without him prior to his death.
How Dusty Hill Avoided Becoming a 'Rock 'n' Roll A--hole'
"I needed to go, if you want to call it that, get grounded."
Dusty Hill Never Made Any Apologies for ZZ Top's '80s-Era Update
"Some people were like, 'What are you doing? You're abandoning your roots, which was not true at all."
Dusty Hill Insisted ZZ Top Not Break Up Following His Death
"Give Elwood the bottom and take it to the Top," bassist told Billy Gibbons.
ZZ Top Cancel Tonight's Show in Wake of Dusty Hill's Death
Longtime guitar tech has been filling in on tour with Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard.