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.
Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top Announce 2024 Tour Dates
Classic rock legends will continue 'Sharp Dressed Simple Man' run with 36 additional shows.
Hear Metallica's 'Kill 'Em All' Played in the Style of ZZ Top
Musician Denis Pauna reimagines the metal legends' entire debut with 'Top 'Em All.'
40 Years Ago: 'Sharp Dressed Man' Remakes ZZ Top as Kings of Cool
Their philosophy was simple: "If you feel sharp, you be sharp."
50 Years Ago: ZZ Top Breaks Through With ‘Tres Hombres’
In many ways, this is the LP they'd try to live up to for the rest of their career.
Lynyrd Skynyrd Embraces Touring With ‘Brothers’ ZZ Top
"We love those guys," Johnny Van Zant tells UCR. "We're fans of each other."
ZZ Top Kicks Off Tour With Lynyrd Skynyrd: Set List and Interview
Billy Gibbons tells UCR that the opening night was "a rekindling of kindred spirits."
New ZZ Top Album Features Dusty Hill and Elwood Francis Together
Billy Gibbons says three or four songs have late bassist and replacement trading licks.
How ZZ Top Souped Up Their Sound With 'Got Me Under Pressure'
Bold experimentation led the band to new commercial heights.