ZZ Top

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Nazione:Stati Uniti
Attività:dal 1969

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  • Billy Gibbons: vocals, guitar
  • Dusty Hill: bass, keyboards, vocals
  • Frank Beard: drums
This sturdy American blues-rock trio from Texas consists of Billy Gibbons (guitar), Dusty Hill (bass), and Frank Beard (drums). They were formed in 1970 in and around Houston from rival bands the Moving Sidewalks (Gibbons) and American Blues (Hill and Beard). Their first two albums reflected the strong blues roots and Texas humor of the band. Their third album (Tres Hombres) gained them national attention with the hit "La Grange," a signature riff tune to this day, based on John Lee Hooker's "Boogie Chillen." Their success continued unabated throughout the '70s, culminating with the year-and-a-half-long Worldwide Texas Tour.

Exhausted from the overwhelming workload, they took a three-year break, then switched labels and returned to form with Deguello and El Loco, both harbingers of what was to come. By their next album, Eliminator, and its worldwide smash follow-up, Afterburner, they had successfully harnessed the potential of synthesizers to their patented grungy blues groove, giving their material a more contemporary edge while retaining their patented Texas style. Now sporting long beards, golf hats, and boiler suits, they met the emerging video age head-on, reducing their "message" to simple iconography. Becoming even more popular in the long run, they moved with the times while simultaneously bucking every trend that crossed their path. As genuine roots musicians, they have few peers; Gibbons is one of America's finest blues guitarists working in the arena rock idiom — both influenced by the originators of the form and British blues-rock guitarists like Peter Green — while Hill and Beard provide the ultimate rhythm section support.

The only rock & roll group that's out there with its original members still aboard after three decades (an anniversary celebrated on 1999's XXX), ZZ Top play music that is always instantly recognizable, eminently powerful, profoundly soulful, and 100-percent American in derivation. They have continued to support the blues through various means, perhaps most visibly when they were given a piece of wood from Muddy Waters' shack in Clarksdale, MS. The group members had it made into a guitar, dubbed the "Muddywood," then sent it out on tour to raise money for the Delta Blues Museum. ZZ Top's support and link to the blues remains as rock solid as the music they play. A concert CD and DVD, Live from Texas, recorded in Dallas in 2007 and featuring a still vital band, were both released in 2008. The Rick Rubin and Gibbons-produced La Futura, the band's 15th studio album, and the group's first new studio outing since 2003's Mescalero, appeared in 2012.

Discografia

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La Futura (American Recordings/Universal Republic / 2012) 

1. I GOTSTA GET PAID / 2. CHARTREUSE / 3. CONSUMPTION / 4. OVER YOU / 5. HEARACHE IN BLUE / 6. I DON’T WANNA LOSE, LOSE, YOU / 7. FLYIN’ HIGH / 8. IT’S TOO EASY MANANA / 9. BIG SHINY NINE ...

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Mescalero (RCA / 2003) 

1. MESCALERO / 2. TWO WAYS TO PLAY / 3. ALLEY-GATOR / 4. BUCK NEKKID / 5. GOIN’ SO GOOD / 6. ME SO STUPID / 7. PIECE / 8. PUNK ASS BOYFRIEND / 9. STACKIN’ PAPER / 10. WHAT WOULD YOU DO? ...

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XXX (RCA / 1999) 

1. POKE CHOP SANDWICH / 2. CRUCIFIXX-A-FLATT / 3. FEALESS BOOGIE / 4. 36-22-36 / 5. MADE INTO A MOVIE / 6. BEATBOX / 7. TRIPPIN’ / 8. DREADMONBOOGALOO / 9. LIVE INTRO BY ROSS MITCHELL ...

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Rhythmeen (RCA / 1996) 

1. RHYTHMEEN / 2. BANG BANG / 3. BLACK FLY / 4. WHAT’S UP WITH THAT / 5. VINCENT PRICE BLUES / 6. ZIPPER JOB / 7. HAIRDRESSE / 8. SHE’S JUST KILLING ME / 9. MY MIND IS GONE / 10. LOADED ...

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Antenna (RCA / 1994) 

1. PINCUSHION / 2. BREAKAWAY / 3. WORLD OF SWIL / 4. FUZZBOX VOODOO / 5. GIRL IN A T-SHIRT / 6. ANTENNA HEAD / 7. PCH / 8. CHERRY RED / 9. COVER YOUR RIG / 10. LIZARD LIFE / 11. DEAL GOIN’ DOWN

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Recycler (Warner Bros. / 1990) 

1. CONCRETE AND STEEL / 2. LOVETHING / 3. PENTHOUSE EYES / 4. TELL IT / 5. MY HEAD'S IN MISSISSIPPI / 6. DECISION OR COLLISION / 7. GIVE IT UP / 8. 2000 BLUES / 9. BURGER MAN / 10. DOUBLEBACK

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Afterburner (Warner Bros. / 1985) 

1. SLEEPING BAG / 2. STAGES / 3. WOKE UP WITH WOOD / 4. ROUGH BOY / 5. CAN'T STOP ROCKIN’ / 6. PLANET OF WOMEN / 7. I GOT THE MESSAGE / 8. VELCRO FLY / 9. DIPPING LOW (IN THE LAP OF LUXURY) ...

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Eliminator (Warner Bros. / 1983) 

1. GIMME ALL YOUR LOVIN’ / 2. GOT ME UNDER PRESSURE / 3. SHARP DRESSED MAN / 4. I NEED YOU TONIGHT / 5. I GOT THE SIX / 6. LEGS / 7. THUG / 8. TV DINNERS / 9. DIRTY DOG ...

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El loco (Warner Bros. / 1981) 

1. TUBE SNAKE BOOGIE / 2. I WANNA DRIVE YOU HOME / 3. TEN FOOT POLE / 4. LEILA / 5. DON'T TEASE ME / 6. IT'S SO HARD / 7. PEARL NECKLACE / 8. GROOVY LITTLE HIPPIE PAD ...

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Degüello (Warner Bros. / 1979) 

1. I THANK YOU / 2. SHE LOVES MY AUTOMOBILE / 3. I’M BAD, I’M NATIONWIDE / 4. A FOOL FOR YOUR STOCKINIGS / 5. MANIC MECHANIC / 6. DUST MY BROOM / 7. LOWDOWN IN THE STREET / 8. HI FI MAMA ...

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Tejas (London / 1976) 

1. IT’S ONLY LOVE / 2. ARRESTED FOR DRIVING WHILE BLIND / 3. EL DIABLO / 4. SNAPPY KAKKIE / 5. ENJOY AND GET IT ON / 6. TEN DOLLAR MAN / 7. PAN AM HIGHWAY BLUES / 8. AVALON HIDEAWAY ...

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Fandango! (London / 1975)  Past

1. THUNDERBIRD / 2. JAILHOUSE ROCK / 3. BACKDOOR MEDLEY: / 4. NASTY DOGS AND FUNKY KINGS / 5. BLUE JEAN BLUES / 6. BALINESE / 7. MEXICAN BLACKBIRD / 8. HEARD IT ON THE X / 9. TUSH

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Tres Hombres (London / 1973) 

1. WAITING FOR THE BUS / 2. JESUS JUST LEFT CHICAGO / 3. BEER DRINKERS & HELL RAISERS / 4. MASTER OF SPARKS / 5. HOT, BLUE & RIGHTEOUS / 6. MOVE ME ON DOWN THE LINE / 7. PRECIOUS AND GRACE ...

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Rio Grande Mud (London / 1972) 

1. FRANCINE / 2. JUST GOT PAID / 3. MUSHMOUTH SHOUTIN / 4. KO KO BLUE / 5. CHEVROLET / 6. APOLOGIES TO PEARLY / 7. BAR-B-Q / 8. SURE GOT COLD AFTER THE RAIN FELL / 9. WHISKEY'N MAMA ...

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ZZ Top's First Album (London / 1971) 

1. (SOMEBODY ELSE BEEN) SHAKIN' YOUR TREE / 2. BROWN SUGAR / 3. SQUANK / 4. GOIN' DOWN TO MEXICO / 5. OLD MAN / 6. NEIGHBOR, NEIGHBOR / 7. CERTIFIED BLUES / 8. BEDROOM THANG ...

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Live report

ZZ Top, God Save The Blues - 29.10.02, ex Palavobis, Milano

(06 novembre 2002) Molte luci e qualche piccola ombra per il concerto milanese dei leggendari ZZ TOP, impegnati nel tour celebrativo del loro trentesimo anniversario. La prima nota negativa è per il...
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