Three men from Texas, bluesmen to be absolutely precise, have claimed international success in the field of rock music as ZZ Top. Billy Gibbons is the guitar player and lead vocalist in the band, Dusty Hill is the bassist and co-lead vocalist, and Frank Beard serves as the drummer for the group. The band has to its credit four gold, three platinum, and two multi-platinum albums - and if you think it couldn’t get any better than this, then you might be mistaken as the band has one diamond album too. In addition, the band has six number one singles on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart which is incredible for any band.
Formation and Early Success:
ZZ Top is a leading American blues rock band which originated in 1969 in state of Texas. The band underwent various changes in the year of 1969. Some of these included Hill replacing the former bassist Billy Etheridge in early 1970.
ZZ Top’s debut album established them as the band with robust blues origins. The band relies deeply on the technique of tongue in cheek, double entendres and subtle innuendos. Their musical style has evolved over the years; progressing from blues-inspired rock to punk rock, new wave and dance-rock, with hefty useof synthesizers.
Their renowned album, “Tres Hombres” was noted as the album that "brought ZZ Top their first Top Ten record, making them stars in the process" by Dan Erlewine. The subsequent tour following the release of this album sold out its tickets in advance. The number, "Tush" ranked among the top twenty on the Billboard Hot 100.
The band ranks on number eighty overall for the U.S. album sales, with a sale of more than twenty-five million units. The album, “Eliminator,” which is their most successful album till date, sold over ten million units alone. Their next album, “Afterburner” proved to be their highest-charting album and so it was another step up the ladder of fame.
Awards and Honors:
ZZ Top's videos have won several MTV Music Awards and the videos of “Rough Boy”, "Legs," "Sharp Dressed Man" have also won the VMAs. Not only have they been welcomed into the Hall of Fame but also the Texas House of Representatives declared ZZ Top as the Official Heroes for the State of Texas, which is a great honor and acknowledgment of the fame they have brought to their hometown. Ann Richards, the governor of the state in 1991 also announced a declaration of ZZ Top Day in Texas on May fourth.
ZZ Top Live:
Their live performances are enigmatic and studded with enthusiasm. You can now be a part of their current tour which has already bagged positive reviews from various ends and energize your souls with the splendor of robust flavors of hard rock and the rhythm of blues. Book your ZZ top tickets before they run out of stock.