Wednesday October 9, 2013
ZZ Top Ben Miller Band
Formed in 1969, ZZ TOP a.k.a “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas,” lay undisputed claim to being the longest running major rock band with original personnel intact. The American rock band from Houston, TX, consists of guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons, bassist and co-lead vocalist Dusty Hill, and drummer Frank Beard. ZZ TOP coalesced from the core of two rival bands, Billy’s Moving Sidewalks and Frank and Dusty’s American Blues. The new group went on to record the appropriately titled ZZ Top’s First Album and Rio Grande Mud that reflected their strong blues roots. With the release of each of their albums, the band has explored new ground in terms of both their sonic approach and the material they’ve recorded. Evidence of that consistency and adaptability is found in LA FUTURA, their first studio album in nine years. Produced by Rick Rubin and Billy F. Gibbons, it reflects the solid blues inspiration that has powered the band since the very beginning with a contemporary approach that underscores the group’s inclination to experiment and explore new sonic vistas.
As a touring unit, they’ve been without peer over the years, having performed before millions of fans through North America on numerous tours as well as overseas where they’ve captured audiences from Slovenia to Italy, from Australia to Sweden, from Russia to Japan and most points in between. Their iconography – beards, cars, girls, and that magic keychain – seems to transcend all bounds of geography and language.
ZZ TOP’s music is always instantly recognizable, eminently powerful, profoundly soulful and 100% Texas American in derivation. The band’s support is unwavering both as interpreters of the music and preservers of its legacy. Their link to the blues remains as rock solid as the music they continue to play. In addition to holding 11 gold records and 7 platinum (13 multi-platinum) records, ZZ TOP was inducted into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame in 2004. Their 1983 album, Eliminator, remains the group’s most commercially successful record, selling over 10 million units.