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ZZ TOP, also known as “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas,” lay undisputed claim to being the longest running major rock band with original personnel intact. The Texas trio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. The Texas favorite will travel once more through El Paso, ready to rock the Abraham Chavez Theatre on April 18, 2018 at 7:30PM.
After more than 45 years of rock and blues on the road and in the studio, it is a remarkable achievement that all three members of the band, Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard, are still churning out music for their fans. “Yeah,” says Billy, guitarist extraordinaire, “we’re the same three guys, bashing out the same three chords.” 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. ZZ TOP is the same but always changing.
The elements that keep ZZ TOP fresh, enduring and above the transitory fray can be summed up in the three words of the band’s internal mantra: “Tone, Taste and Tenacity.” The three members of the band have done their utmost to do their part in assuring that ZZ TOP prevails. As genuine roots musicians, the members of the band have few peers. Billy is widely regarded as one of American finest blues guitarists working in the rock idiom. Dusty has long had an affinity for rock’s origins; his earliest performances as a child included Elvis songs convincingly performed. Frank has also been keeping the beat in that great tradition. As both a roots and progressive drummer, he has been acknowledged as key to the band’s powerful on-stage and in-studio presence.
ZZ TOP’s Live! Greatest Hits From Around The World album, released in 2016 on Suretone, consists of 15 songs recorded live in 13 cities across three continents. Guitar legend Jeff Beck joins the band on stage in his native London for two songs – “Rough Boy,” and a cover of Tennessee Ernie Ford’s “Sixteen Tons,” the latter of which was inspired by a hoax YouTube video claiming to be ZZ TOP and Jeff Beck playing that very song. Their rendition matches the hoax video, in what Billy describes as “a mega meta kinda thang.”
ZZ TOP’s music is always instantly recognizable, eminently powerful, profoundly soulful and 100% Texas American in derivation. The band’s support for the blues is unwavering both as interpreters of the music and preservers of its legacy. It was ZZ TOP that celebrated “founding father” Muddy Waters by turning a piece of scrap timber than had fallen from his sharecropper’s shack, into a beautiful guitar, dubbed the “Muddywood.” This totem was sent on tour as a fundraising focus for The Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Mississippi, site of Robert Johnson’s famed “Crossroads” encounter with the devil. ZZ TOP’s support and link to the blues remains as rock solid as the music they continue to play. They have sold millions of records over the course of their career, have been officially designated as Heroes of The State of Texas, have been referenced in countless cartoons and sitcoms and are true rock icons but, against all odds, they are really just doing what they’ve always done. They’re real and they’re surreal, and they’re ZZ TOP.
Tickets for ZZ TOP go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 1, 2018 at 10AM and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, and at the Plaza Theatre Box Office. Tickets range from $47.25 to $147.25 (plus applicable service charges) and are subject to change.