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(Chron)   48 years ago this week that Little Ol' Band from Texas played their first gig at a Knights of Columbus Hall in Beaumont. Here's how how how it all began   ( chron.com) divider line
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2018-02-09 11:41:17 AM  
Some people ask why the band has endured so long. I say not to ask why, but how-how-how-how.
 
2018-02-09 11:56:03 AM  
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2018-02-09 12:31:55 PM  
I remember hearing "Tush" as a kid and thinking ZZ Top was a person.

There was a lot of that going around back then...Jethro Tull...Led Zeppelin...Lynryd Skinyard...
 
2018-02-09 12:59:57 PM  
TV Dinners....
 
2018-02-09 01:00:04 PM  
Like Chuck Berry, they'll never acknowledge their mentor - Marty McFly

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2018-02-09 01:01:46 PM  
Weird. I thought they died in 1981 and a bunch of hacks took over the same band name.
 
2018-02-09 01:05:03 PM  
One of the best albums ever recorded...
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2018-02-09 01:05:56 PM  

whidbey: I remember hearing "Tush" as a kid and thinking ZZ Top was a person.

There was a lot of that going around back then...Jethro Tull...Led Zeppelin...Lynryd Skinyard...


By the way, which one's Pink?
 
2018-02-09 01:06:39 PM  

JohnBigBootay: Weird. I thought they died in 1981 and a bunch of hacks took over the same band name.


You're so edgy shiat just falls off of you, doesn't it?
 
2018-02-09 01:10:09 PM  

whidbey: I remember hearing "Tush" as a kid and thinking ZZ Top was a person.

There was a lot of that going around back then...Jethro Tull...Led Zeppelin...Lynryd Skinyard...


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2018-02-09 01:12:12 PM  
Billy Gibbons pre-ZZ band, The Moving Sidewalks, were awesome.

The Moving Sidewalks - 99th Floor
Youtube oTa0TGJ8J74
 
2018-02-09 01:31:11 PM  

JohnBigBootay: Weird. I thought they died in 1981 and a bunch of hacks took over the same band name.


*insert long, 5-note fart noise here*
 
2018-02-09 01:40:20 PM  
Tightest drummer in rock and roll, hands down.
 
2018-02-09 01:48:44 PM  
Word has it that in 2019 they will embark on a special 50th anniversary tour to celebrate five decades of playing together and spreading that ZZ gospel to the masses.

I hope so... They're really one of the few bucket list bands I have left to see, and I don't think I can make the Vegas shows. Besides, if they play here, maybe they'll play our outside venue. My wife won't go to indoor concerts with me, and most bands sound like shiat at the Jazz arena.
 
2018-02-09 01:49:23 PM  
People may crap on Eliminator but it's the way myself and many of my friends were introduced to ZZ Top.
 
2018-02-09 01:51:56 PM  

The Googles Do Nothing: TV Dinners....


The teriyaki or the chicken?
 
2018-02-09 01:53:10 PM  

fastfxr: The Googles Do Nothing: TV Dinners....

The teriyaki or the chicken?


Only if the sauce isn't blue.
 
2018-02-09 01:54:36 PM  
And, original version of Mexican Blackbird is best version. The remaster changed the vocals and took out one of the best lyric lines ever recorded.
 
2018-02-09 01:57:59 PM  

mrsleep: One of the best albums ever recorded...
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They had a few excellent albums when they started out, before they became an MTV gimmick band with synthesizers.
 
2018-02-09 02:04:03 PM  
A Texas trio paying homage to the masters:
Pantera - Dimebag & Vinnie - Heard It On The X - RARE
Youtube scthyE3vz3o
 
2018-02-09 02:18:23 PM  
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Awww... young beardless Billy Gibbons is adorable.
 
2018-02-09 02:24:59 PM  
ZZ Top - Jesus Just Left Chicago
Youtube vMjqgIZ1_YM
 
2018-02-09 02:40:14 PM  

fastfxr: The Googles Do Nothing: TV Dinners....

The teriyaki or the chicken?


teriyaki? Only salisbury steak, or fried chicken
 
2018-02-09 02:42:12 PM  

Pentaxian: People may crap on Eliminator but it's the way myself and many of my friends were introduced to ZZ Top.


Yup. I grew up watching the videos for Sharp Dressed Man and Legs, which got me into the band and I eventually discovered their better songs like Tush, Just got Paid and La Grange.

/I think those videos from the 80s are also responsible for me having a thing for women wearing those frilly socks
 
2018-02-09 02:55:22 PM  

TrainingWheelsNeeded: fastfxr: The Googles Do Nothing: TV Dinners....

The teriyaki or the chicken?

teriyaki? Only salisbury steak, or fried chicken


PABST BLUE RIBBON!
 
2018-02-09 03:01:57 PM  
What's funny is that two members of the band have really long beards, but the only one who doesn't is named...
 
2018-02-09 03:05:40 PM  

brap: Billy Gibbons pre-ZZ band, The Moving Sidewalks, were awesome.

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/oTa0TGJ8​J74]


What the other two were up to, pre-ZZ
 
2018-02-09 03:23:21 PM  

Jack Sabbath: What's funny is that two members of the band have really long beards, but the only one who doesn't is named...


Frank?
 
2018-02-09 03:33:02 PM  

Mikey1969: ve left to se


I saw them in Memphis around 1990 or so(after they already sucked) and it was the worst concert I've ever seen.  They sounded like shiat.  They were dead to me after that.  I absolutely love their early stuff and always will.
 
2018-02-09 03:33:11 PM  
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My grandmother had a huge Persian rug with those exact matching patterns and fringe.  We always wondered what happened to it after she sold it to what she called " a couple of nice young lads with long beards".  Hope they got their $20 use out of it.  Stupid grandmother.
 
2018-02-09 03:53:04 PM  
Mexican Blackbird.   that is all.
 
2018-02-09 04:00:31 PM  
Saw them in late 2013 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater and they sounded great. One or two years later at the amphitheater in Tampa, the sound guy must have been drunk because it sounded like sludge. I don't understand the fascination with pure decibels just for the sake of it.
That Ruth Eckerd show was fantastic, though.
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2018-02-09 04:15:32 PM  

Mikey1969: Word has it that in 2019 they will embark on a special 50th anniversary tour to celebrate five decades of playing together and spreading that ZZ gospel to the masses.

I hope so... They're really one of the few bucket list bands I have left to see, and I don't think I can make the Vegas shows. Besides, if they play here, maybe they'll play our outside venue. My wife won't go to indoor concerts with me, and most bands sound like shiat at the Jazz arena.


Saw them in Miami last year (first time seeing them live), and I was very pleasantly surprised at how good they sounded. I really wasn't expecting much; it was more like I just had to see them before one of them died, but they sounded really good. I dragged my wife along (who isn't really a fan) and she had a pretty good time, too (and was astonished at how much of their catalog she actually knew).

They all looked pretty healthy, too. For some reason, I had it in my mind that Billy Gibbons had some health problems, but everyone looked great.
 
2018-02-09 04:19:08 PM  

Mikey1969: JohnBigBootay: Weird. I thought they died in 1981 and a bunch of hacks took over the same band name.

You're so edgy shiat just falls off of you, doesn't it?


The amount of edginess I possess can't explain the mystery of zz top. Billy Gibbons is one of the best blues guitarists of all time. It still stuns me that those 90's and later albums came from the same band. I don't think bands have to keep the same sound or even the same instrumentation and it's fine to have a lineup change now and then. I do draw the line at shiatty records with no good songs on them. Knock yourself out though - I suggest going to a zz top show and holding your breath waiting for a fan to request anything released after 1983.
 
2018-02-09 04:27:44 PM  

JohnBigBootay: Mikey1969: JohnBigBootay: Weird. I thought they died in 1981 and a bunch of hacks took over the same band name.

You're so edgy shiat just falls off of you, doesn't it?

The amount of edginess I possess can't explain the mystery of zz top. Billy Gibbons is one of the best blues guitarists of all time. It still stuns me that those 90's and later albums came from the same band. I don't think bands have to keep the same sound or even the same instrumentation and it's fine to have a lineup change now and then. I do draw the line at shiatty records with no good songs on them. Knock yourself out though - I suggest going to a zz top show and holding your breath waiting for a fan to request anything released after 1983.


You mean to tell me, some sonofabiatch at a show might have the gall to ask for a song written within the last 35 years????  BASTARDS!
 
2018-02-09 04:27:54 PM  
ZZ TOP - Just Got Paid (HIGH QUALITY)
Youtube db94lyKYOcg


Today is pay day so...
 
2018-02-09 04:31:17 PM  
I have seen ZZ Top 1.5 times live.  First time was at old McNichols Arena (Big Mac) in Denver on the Recycler tour.  Loudest show I'd ever been to.  Johnny Van Zant opened for them, he'd recently released Brickyard Road.  I didn't need earplugs for him, but ZZ Top, yeah, definitely.  Haven't been to a show without ear protection ever since.

The 1/2 show was at Red Rocks which is a place I'd been dying to see them at.  It was great for about 5 songs, then the skies opened up.  I didn't go to the make up date because 1) it was moved to Fiddler's Green which is a crap venue and I would nuke from orbit if I could and 2) was while I was away at college.

My dad had one of their early albums on 8-track and it got a lot of play in the family Matador.  I don't know which one because the label got worn off.  But like many kids, Eliminator was the album that really sucked me in.  Now I tend to prefer the stuff prior to Eliminator, but there are a handful of good things after that.

/I also recommed Billy Gibbons & the BFG's Perfectamundo
 
2018-02-09 04:41:01 PM  

lefthanded bastard: JohnBigBootay: Mikey1969: JohnBigBootay: Weird. I thought they died in 1981 and a bunch of hacks took over the same band name.

You're so edgy shiat just falls off of you, doesn't it?

The amount of edginess I possess can't explain the mystery of zz top. Billy Gibbons is one of the best blues guitarists of all time. It still stuns me that those 90's and later albums came from the same band. I don't think bands have to keep the same sound or even the same instrumentation and it's fine to have a lineup change now and then. I do draw the line at shiatty records with no good songs on them. Knock yourself out though - I suggest going to a zz top show and holding your breath waiting for a fan to request anything released after 1983.

You mean to tell me, some sonofabiatch at a show might have the gall to ask for a song written within the last 35 years????  BASTARDS!


Absofarking-lutely. In the case of zz top though, there aren't any good songs from then to request. And that's too bad. Their run from 71-81 was flat out amazing. Just great album after great album. Fantastic music.

I'm not an Eliminator guy - not my cup of tea personally but it's a solid record. And to my ear the last record they made before the pod people replaced them.
 
2018-02-09 04:41:54 PM  
ZZ Top is weird for me. I absolutley love their music. And yet theyre a band that I dont own a single album, I dont have a ZZ Top Pandora station, and I rarely reach out to watch a YouTube video of them. But man when they come on the local classic rock station in the car or at home? Immediately the volume is going all the way to 11! I will see them live before they stop touring though and that is a guarantee.
 
2018-02-09 04:47:53 PM  

Myk-House of El: I have seen ZZ Top 1.5 times live.  First time was at old McNichols Arena (Big Mac) in Denver on the Recycler tour.  Loudest show I'd ever been to.  Johnny Van Zant opened for them, he'd recently released Brickyard Road.  I didn't need earplugs for him, but ZZ Top, yeah, definitely.  Haven't been to a show without ear protection ever since.

The 1/2 show was at Red Rocks which is a place I'd been dying to see them at.  It was great for about 5 songs, then the skies opened up.  I didn't go to the make up date because 1) it was moved to Fiddler's Green which is a crap venue and I would nuke from orbit if I could and 2) was while I was away at college.

My dad had one of their early albums on 8-track and it got a lot of play in the family Matador.  I don't know which one because the label got worn off.  But like many kids, Eliminator was the album that really sucked me in.  Now I tend to prefer the stuff prior to Eliminator, but there are a handful of good things after that.

/I also recommed Billy Gibbons & the BFG's Perfectamundo


Saw them on the Recycler tour as well at the Brendan Byrne Arena in E. Rutherford NJ. I miss that place. It's literally sitting empty while the American Dream/Xanadu/Whatever the Fark They're Calling It Now gets built.

DEAFENINGLY loud.
 
2018-02-09 04:55:11 PM  

KonaDude: [Youtube db94lyKYOcg image 480x360][Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/db94lyKY​Ocg]

Today is pay day so...


one of my favorite covers of any song, by any band:
Mastodon - Just Got Paid
Youtube zS8H8QOguIw
 
2018-02-09 04:57:06 PM  

Dingleberry Dickwad: Pentaxian: People may crap on Eliminator but it's the way myself and many of my friends were introduced to ZZ Top.

Yup. I grew up watching the videos for Sharp Dressed Man and Legs, which got me into the band and I eventually discovered their better songs like Tush, Just got Paid and La Grange.

/I think those videos from the 80s are also responsible for me having a thing for women wearing those frilly socks


Thankfully, I was introduced to ZZ Top earlier than that, thanks to KQDS in Duluth, MN (the same radio station that introduced me to the Allman Brothers Band, pre-The Wall Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, and The Moody Blues, all usually at 2AM).
 
2018-02-09 04:58:56 PM  

KonaDude: [Youtube db94lyKYOcg image 480x360][Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/db94lyKY​Ocg]

Today is pay day so...


This, paired with "Jesus Just Left Chicago", is totally awesome :).
 
2018-02-09 05:02:39 PM  

ClavellBCMI: Dingleberry Dickwad: Pentaxian: People may crap on Eliminator but it's the way myself and many of my friends were introduced to ZZ Top.

Yup. I grew up watching the videos for Sharp Dressed Man and Legs, which got me into the band and I eventually discovered their better songs like Tush, Just got Paid and La Grange.

/I think those videos from the 80s are also responsible for me having a thing for women wearing those frilly socks

Thankfully, I was introduced to ZZ Top earlier than that, thanks to KQDS in Duluth, MN (the same radio station that introduced me to the Allman Brothers Band, pre-The Wall Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, and The Moody Blues, all usually at 2AM).


Oh, and Sharp Dressed Man is *still* a great video and song, leaving aside the drum machine issues.
 
2018-02-09 05:08:23 PM  

ClavellBCMI: Dingleberry Dickwad: Pentaxian: People may crap on Eliminator but it's the way myself and many of my friends were introduced to ZZ Top.

Yup. I grew up watching the videos for Sharp Dressed Man and Legs, which got me into the band and I eventually discovered their better songs like Tush, Just got Paid and La Grange.

/I think those videos from the 80s are also responsible for me having a thing for women wearing those frilly socks

Thankfully, I was introduced to ZZ Top earlier than that, thanks to KQDS in Duluth, MN (the same radio station that introduced me to the Allman Brothers Band, pre-The Wall Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, and The Moody Blues, all usually at 2AM).


And yes, when I was about 40 years younger or so than I am now, my usual bed time was somewhere between midnight and 6AM, and after I was legal to drink (I grew up in Wisconsin), I was, at times, just a little bit into hearing "Beer Drinkers And Hell Raisers", "I Heard It On The X" and "Tush" :).
 
2018-02-09 06:14:18 PM  

Myk-House of El: I have seen ZZ Top 1.5 times live.  First time was at old McNichols Arena (Big Mac) in Denver on the Recycler tour.  Loudest show I'd ever been to.  Johnny Van Zant opened for them, he'd recently released Brickyard Road.  I didn't need earplugs for him, but ZZ Top, yeah, definitely.  Haven't been to a show without ear protection ever since.

The 1/2 show was at Red Rocks which is a place I'd been dying to see them at.  It was great for about 5 songs, then the skies opened up.  I didn't go to the make up date because 1) it was moved to Fiddler's Green which is a crap venue and I would nuke from orbit if I could and 2) was while I was away at college.

My dad had one of their early albums on 8-track and it got a lot of play in the family Matador.  I don't know which one because the label got worn off.  But like many kids, Eliminator was the album that really sucked me in.  Now I tend to prefer the stuff prior to Eliminator, but there are a handful of good things after that.

/I also recommed Billy Gibbons & the BFG's Perfectamundo


Same concerts.. For the one at big mac i was in the rafters. First time that i was well beyond baked.. My god the cloud memories
 
2018-02-09 06:19:46 PM  

whidbey: I remember hearing "Tush" as a kid and thinking ZZ Top was a person.

There was a lot of that going around back then...Jethro Tull...Led Zeppelin...Lynryd Skinyard...


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2018-02-09 06:24:27 PM  

bad_blood: KonaDude: [Youtube db94lyKYOcg image 480x360][Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/db94lyKY​Ocg]

Today is pay day so...

one of my favorite covers of any song, by any band:
[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/zS8H8QOg​uIw]


That's cool. They played it pretty straight, that's for sure. One of my favorite riffs of all time.
 
2018-02-09 06:39:51 PM  

lostindenver: Myk-House of El: I have seen ZZ Top 1.5 times live.  First time was at old McNichols Arena (Big Mac) in Denver on the Recycler tour.  Loudest show I'd ever been to.  Johnny Van Zant opened for them, he'd recently released Brickyard Road.  I didn't need earplugs for him, but ZZ Top, yeah, definitely.  Haven't been to a show without ear protection ever since.

The 1/2 show was at Red Rocks which is a place I'd been dying to see them at.  It was great for about 5 songs, then the skies opened up.  I didn't go to the make up date because 1) it was moved to Fiddler's Green which is a crap venue and I would nuke from orbit if I could and 2) was while I was away at college.

My dad had one of their early albums on 8-track and it got a lot of play in the family Matador.  I don't know which one because the label got worn off.  But like many kids, Eliminator was the album that really sucked me in.  Now I tend to prefer the stuff prior to Eliminator, but there are a handful of good things after that.

/I also recommed Billy Gibbons & the BFG's Perfectamundo

Same concerts.. For the one at big mac i was in the rafters. First time that i was well beyond baked.. My god the cloud memories


I was first row of the upper bowl at Big Mac.  Definitely not baked.  Dad being the fan he was took me to the show.  But definitely no shortage of opportunities to get baked at that show.  At that time, I was among the youngest at the show.

My first rock concert at Big Mac was Jethro Tull in 1989.  At 16 I was the youngest person there, by a longshot.
 
2018-02-09 07:40:01 PM  

fzumrk: [s.hdnux.com image 850x796]
Awww... young beardless Billy Gibbons is adorable.


As captioned this photo was from "the prom" which was in Dewyville a week after the 1st gig @ The K of C in Beaumont
2/9/70...never forget

/clearly da Rev. was clean shaven there as well
// but Miss Pearly Gates always looks the same
/// I'll bet the other 18 people who were there besides me wish the same
 
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