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 and, in 2004, the Texas trio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Of course, there are only three of them – Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard -- but it’s a remarkable achievement that they’re still very much together after more than 45 years of rock, blues, and boogie on the road and in the studio.
As a touring unit, they’ve been without peer over the years, having performed on numerous epochal tours before millions of fans throughout North America as well as overseas, where they’ve enthralled audiences from Slovenia to Argentina, 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.
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. Part mad scientist, part prankster, he’s a musical innovator of the highest order and a certified “guitar god”. Dusty has long had an affinity for rock’s origins; his earliest performances as a child included Elvis songs convincingly performed. Not only is he a bass virtuoso in his own right, his vocal prowess is awe-inspiring. As both a roots and progressive drummer, Frank has been acknowledged as key to the band’s powerful on-stage and in-studio presence. Despite his last name, he is the guy in the band without a beard.
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. 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’re really just, as Billy says, “the same three guys, bashing out the same three chords.” They’re real and they’re surreal and they’re ZZ TOP.