Zz Top

Zz Top


ZZ Top (formed 1969)
ZZ Top are an American blues rock band from Houston, Texas made up of Billy Gibbons, Frank Beard and Dusty Hill.

ZZ Top: Formation
ZZ Top originally included guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons, Lanier Greig on organ and Dan Mitchell on drums.
In 1969, they released their first single 'Salt Lick'. In the same year, Greig was replaced by Billy Etheridge on bass and Mitchell by Frank Beard. However, Etheridge did not want to make a record deal so he was then replaced by Dusty Hill.

ZZ Top: Musical Career
In 1970, they signed with London Records and released their debut album 'ZZ Top's First Album' in 1971.
Their sophomore album, 'Rio Grande Mud', released in 1972, was a commercial failure. However, '73's 'Tres Hombres' brought them mainstream success and the following tour was a sell-out affair.
In 1978, they took a two year hiatus where Gibbons and Hill grew soon to be iconic chest-length beards.
1979 saw them signed to Warner Bros. Records and they released album 'Deguello' which went platinum.
In 1980, they performed on the German TV show 'Rockpalast' as part of their first trip to Europe. They then released album 'El Loco' in 1981.
In 1983, they released 'Eliminator' which garnered much success with singles 'Gimme All Your Lovin'' and 'Legs' becoming top 40 hits and the album selling 10 million copies; however, there was also much controversy when their former stage manager David Blayney alleged that their sound engineer Linden Hudson co-wrote many of the songs from the album and, even though ZZ Top still deny the extent of his involvement, they were forced to pay Hudson $600,000 due to his copyright of song 'Thug'.
It is also thought that their single 'Under Pressure' was written entirely by Gibbons and Hudson using a synthesizer instead of a bass guitar and a drum machine without Dusty or Frank's knowledge.
Their 1985 'Afterburner' became their highest charting album. Their single 'Velcro Fly' had a video which was choreographed by dancer and singer Paula Abdul. The following world tour lasted into 1987.
They then released a three disc record called 'The ZZ Top Sixpack' which included their top albums but they were remixed to sound more modern with drum machines and echo.
Their last Warner Bros record was 'Recycler' in 1990 but it was not as successful as their previous two albums having switched to their original blues rock sound.
In 1993, ZZ Top inducted Cream into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after being majorly influenced by their sound.
In 1994, they signed to RCA Records and released albums 'Antenna', 'Rhythmeen', 'XXX' and 'Mescalero'.
In 2004, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Rolling Stones star Keith Richards making their induction speech.
In 2006, they ended their contract with RCA and their manager Bill Ham. In 2008, they signed with a new producer Rick Rubin and released their first live DVD 'Live from Texas'.
In 2011, their new song 'Flyin' High' made its debut in space when their astronaut friend Michael Fossum played it on an International Space Station trip.
Later that year, Gibbons announced that their new album had been recorded by was not yet named. It was released in 2012 and named 'La Futura' with the first single 'I Gotsta Get Paid' being used on the advert for the drink Jeremiah Weed and also on the soundtrack for 'Battleship'.

Biography by Contactmusic.com

Zz Top Cancel String Of Spring Dates As Bassist Recovers From Shoulder Injury

Dusty Hill ZZ Top Gregg Allman

The bearded rocker fell just before the band hit the stage in Lubbock, Texas on Thursday night (14Apr16), and dislocated his shoulder.

He was hospitalised and the trio was forced to cancel the concert and two more over the weekend.

"My physicians told me that this type of injury is usually associated with contact sports," Hill says via the band’s website. "I’m not sure bass-playing qualifies as such, but they’re doing their best to get me back in the game as soon as possible. Thanks to everyone for all the good wishes we’ve received."

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Zz Top Scrap Weekend Shows As Bassist Recovers From Dislocated Shoulder

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The rockers pulled the plug on a show in Lubbock, Texas on Thursday night (14Apr16) after Hill dislocated his shoulder in a fall just before showtime.

He was hospitalised for treatment and now he and his bandmates have decided to axe concerts in Oklahoma on Friday (15Apr16) and at the Chilifest in Snook, Texas on Saturday (16Apr16).

The band will be hoping that Hill's latest injury won't cost them another major tour after announcing plans to hit the road with Gregg Allman later this year (16). They had to cancel a 2014  after the bassist fell on a tour bus and seriously injured his hip. In 1984 Hill also shot himself in the stomach. 

Dislocated Shoulder Forces Zz Top Star Dusty Hill To Scrap Texas Show

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The bearded rocker took a tumble as he was stepping off the band's tour bus in Lubbock and was too injured to go on with the show, according to TMZ.com.

The 66-year-old was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The Lubbock show has been rescheduled for 29 May (16).

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Ellie Goulding And Zz Top Join Glastonbury Line-up

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The raft of newly announced acts will join previously disclosed headliners Adele, Muse and Coldplay in playing the event at Worthy Farm, England, which runs from 22 to 26 June (16).

Also added to the bill in Tuesday's (29Mar16) announcement were British grime star Skepta, rockers Foals and The Last Shadow Puppets, Beck and Earth Wind & Fire.

The news was revealed by a post from the official Glastonbury Twitter account, featuring an image of a poster naming the new additions to the line-up which read, "We're pleased to reveal our first Glastonbury Festival 2016 line-up poster (by Stanley Donwood)..."

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Billy Gibbons Starring In Car Reality Tv Series

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The rocker has teamed up with professional hot rod builder Jimmy Shine to find the "perfect fixer-upper" to restore in Rockin Roadsters. In the show, the pair settles on a “rusted and dinged-up” 1984 El Camino, but that's one of the only things they could agree on.

"They call Billy the Howard Hughes of the blues because he’s eccentric," Shine says. "Billy has his vision and I have mine. And sometimes it can be a bumpy ride getting to the finish line.”

The Discovery Channel series will premiere in the U.S. on 29 February (16).

Venue Website Sparks Zz Top Glastonbury Speculation

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In December (15), the trio announced they were going on tour, and the European leg of the trek kicks off in France on 26 June (16), the day Britain's iconic music festival ends.

Their tour includes a stop at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and a notice on the venue's website has apparently given away the ZZ Top Glastonbury appearance.

It read, "ZZ Top comes in June and July 2016 for 20 concerts, which are all part of their new roadshow to Europe. The Hell Raisers Tour kicks off in Birmingham to travel further then (sic) to the renowned Glastonbury Festival in Pilton."

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Billy Gibbons Remembers Blues Idol Long John Hunter

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The singer/songwriter, born John Thurman Hunter, Jr., passed away at his home in Phoenix, Arizona on Monday (04Jan16), aged 84, according to an announcement on his Facebook.com page. The cause of his death was not released as WENN went to press.

Hunter, Jr. released his first single She Used to Be My Woman in 1953 and regularly travelled across the U.S. border from his home in El Paso, Texas to perform at the Lobby Bar in Juarez, Mexico.

He released seven albums during his career, including Texas Border Town Blues and Lone Star Shootout, and toured around the world, and he has been remembered by Gibbons, a fan who grew up listening to Hunter, Jr.'s hits on Texas radio.

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Billy Gibbons Postpones The Start Of Tour

ZZ Top Billy Gibbons

The guitarist was set to travel the U.S. with his solo project Billy Gibbons and the BFG's from 10 November (15) in Atlanta, Georgia but he has now scrapped the first dozen dates on the trek without an explanation.

He will begin his shows on 27 November (15) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and perform 13 dates in the U.S. before heading to the Havana Jazz Festival in Cuba, which takes place from 17-20 December (15). The postponed dates will be rescheduled for 2016.

The trek is in support of his debut solo album Perfectamundo, which is set for release on 6 November (15). Gibbons sings in both English and Spanish on the Cuban-inspired record.

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Louder Than Life Festival 2015 - Day 2

ZZ Top - Louder Than Life Music, Whiskey, Gourmet Man Food Festival 2015 at Champions Park - Day 2 at Champions Park - Louisville, Kentucky, United States - Sunday 4th October 2015

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Billy Gibbons Returns To Cuban Music Roots For New Bilingual Solo Album

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The Sharp Dressed Man singer took Latin percussion lessons from his bandleader father Freddie Royal's friend Tito Puente in his teens and now he's keen to show off his salsa and Afro-Cuban skills on his new album, which is scheduled for release in October (15).

The guitar great admits Cuban music inspired the new album, which was recorded in studios in America and Spain with musicians like New York-based Cuban singer and bandleader Chino Pons, Puerto-Rican raised keyboard player Martin Guigi and vocalist Alex Garza.

The album, tentatively titled Perfectamundo, includes tracks sung Spanish and an Afro-Cuban version of Lightnin' Hopkins staple Baby Please Don't Go.

Eric Clapton & Billy Gibbons Add Tributes To B.b. King

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The blues icon passed away in Las Vegas, aged 89, and his famous friends and fans have taken to social media to say goodbye.

Clapton, who collaborated with King on the 2000 album Riding With the King, posted a video message on his Facebook page on Friday (15May15) and said, "I just want to express my sadness and to say thank you to my dear friend B.B. King. I want to thank him for all the inspiration and encouragement he gave me as a player over the years, and for the friendship that we enjoyed."

And he urged new King fans to check out the guitarist's B.b. King: Live at the Regal album, adding, "(It) is where it really started for me as a young player."

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At The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour At The Roundhouse.

Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top and The Roundhouse - Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Tuesday 13th November 2012 at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour at The Roundhouse.

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Billy Gibbons, Zz Top and The Roundhouse

Billy Gibbons Of ZZ Top Arriving At The Ed Sullivan Theater For 'The Late Show With David Letterman'.

Billy Gibbons, Ed Sullivan, The Late Show With David Letterman and ZZ Top Thursday 10th November 2011 Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top arriving at the Ed Sullivan Theater for 'The Late Show with David Letterman'. New York City, USA

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Billy Gibbons, Ed Sullivan, The Late Show With David Letterman and Zz Top
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Billy Gibbons, Ed Sullivan, The Late Show With David Letterman and Zz Top

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Billy Gibbons and Zz Top

Performs At Hard Rock Live! In The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Dusty Hill and ZZ Top - Dusty Hill of ZZ Top Hollywood, Florida - performs at Hard Rock Live! in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Wednesday 8th June 2011

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