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After almost fifty years together, ZZ Top are just as popular today as they have always been and the band continues to attract new fans while managing to keep their faithful fans happy by remaining true to its rock and blues roots. Starting out in Houston, Texas in 1969, the original line-up featured guitarist Billy Gibbons with Lanier Greig on keyboards and Dan Mitchell on drums. The Texan trio released the single “Salt Lick” with little success and Greig was replaced by bass player Billy Ethridge while Frank Beard took the place of Mitchell behind the drum kit. Unwilling to commit to the band, Ethridge soon quit and Dusty Hill joined to form the now well-recognized ZZ Top line-up. Shortly after the change in personnel, ZZ Top signed with London Records and performed together for the first time in Beaumont, Texas in 1970. The band’s first album, imaginatively titled “ZZ Top’s First Album", was released the following year but the newly incorporated synthesizer sound didn’t please die-hard fans and it wasn’t until the release of “Tres Hombres” in 1973 that the band really took off. Gibbon’s signature growling guitar and the driving beat supplied by Hill and Beard gave ZZ Top a distinctively edgy sound and the album found its way into the American Top Ten. On the promotional tour, ZZ Top played to packed houses throughout the States and the band recorded their live performances for inclusion on their 1975 album release “Fandango” which also reached the Top Ten in the charts. After almost seven years of constant touring, the band decided on a short break after the release of the largely unsuccessful album “Tejas” in 1976 but the short break actually lasted two years. Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill returned with impressive chest-long beards which they cultivate to this day. After fourteen years on the road, ZZ Top had already established a huge following in the U.S.A but it was the release of 1983’s “Eliminator” album that saw the band become a global sensation. The album spawned hit songs “Gimme All Your Lovin”, “Legs”, “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Got Me Under Pressure” and sold over ten million copies in the States alone. Although not as big a commercial success, ZZ Top’s 1985 follow-up album “Afterburner” sold over five million copies and produced two chart-topping singles in “Sleeping Bag” and “Stages”. By the late eighties, ZZ Top had hit the pinnacle of the music scene where they remain to this day playing to packed stadiums wherever they go. 11 gold, 7 platinum and 3 multi-platinum records and album sales of over 50 million are a testament to the popularity and longevity of the Texas trio and ZZ Top continues to deliver the rock’n’roll goods for fans even after almost five decades in the music business.