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9/26/2013 - ZZ TOP DAY

I HATE WHAT MTV DID TO ZZ TOP...listen to Tres Hombres for some sick feels. h/t to Schoolly for the inspiration

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ZZ Top
ZZ Top Live.jpg
ZZ Top performing at St. Augustine Amphitheatre in Florida on May 22, 2008, from left to right: Dusty Hill, Frank Beard (drumming), and Billy Gibbons
Background information
Origin Houston, Texas, United States
Genres Blues rock, hard rock
Years active 1969–present
Labels American Recordings, RCA, Warner Bros., London
Associated acts Moving Sidewalks, American Blues
Website zztop.com
Members Billy Gibbons
Frank Beard
Dusty Hill
Past members Lanier Greig
Dan Mitchell
Bobby Cartlidge

ZZ Top (pronounced "Zee Zee Top") is an American blues rock band formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. The band consists of guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons, bassist and co-lead vocalist Dusty Hill, and drummer Frank Beard. The band and its members went through several reconfigurations throughout 1969, achieving their current form when Hill replaced bassist Billy Etheridge in February 1970, shortly before the band was signed to London Records. Etheridge's departure issued primarily from his unwillingness to be bound by a recording contract.

Since the release of the band's debut album in January 1971, ZZ Top has become known for its strong blues roots and humorous lyrical motifs, relying heavily on double entendres and innuendo. ZZ Top's musical style has changed over the years, beginning with blues-inspired rock on their early albums, then incorporating New Wave, punk rock and dance-rock, with heavy use of synthesizers.

ZZ Top was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. As a group, ZZ Top possesses 11 gold records and 7 platinum (13 multi-platinum) records; their 1983 album, Eliminator, remains the group's most commercially successful record, selling over 10 million units. ZZ Top also ranks 80th in U.S. album sales, with 25 million units.

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