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.
Billy Gibbons' 'Rock and Roll Gearhead' Book: Preview, Interview
"Every guitar maintains a special characteristic and personality," says ZZ Top leader. "No two are exactly alike. Same six strings, way different effect!"
New ZZ Top Album Could Contain Song They Started 50 Years Ago
Billy Gibbons says work will soon commence on record that might include Jeff Beck guest spot.
How ZZ Top and MTV Inspired Dire Straits' 'Money for Nothing'
Frontman Mark Knopfler was determined to get his band heavy exposure on the network, so he borrowed ideas from one of its biggest acts.
30 Years Ago: ZZ Top Rock Hill Valley in 'Back to the Future III'
Bearded rockers had a cameo and provided the theme song for the film.
How ZZ Top's First European Show Lit the Fuse for Worldwide Fame
Billy Gibbons recalls 1980 German concert that was broadcast live on TV.
When Dusty Hill Allowed His Beard to Be Cut on ‘King of the Hill'
The ZZ Top bassist protested at first, insisting that even his animated version would defend the beard.
How ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill Joined the ‘King of the Hill’ Family
Bassist counts the animated experience among his career highlights.
ZZ Top Postpone Las Vegas Residency Over Coronavirus
Band cites “abundance of caution” as Brian May, Jeff Scott Soto and Recording Academy react to pandemic.
How ZZ Top's Weirdest Song Was Inspired by Phil Donahue
“Manic Mechanic” came about after Billy Gibbons heard disguised voice on TV show.
ZZ Top's Frank Beard Details '70s Heroin Addiction: 'A Regret'
Drummer admits he couldn’t afford to become an addict until big money payment in 1977.