ZZ Top will perform their 50th Anniversary Tour at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Stride Bank Center in Enid.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 19, and can be purchased at StrideBankCenter.com, 855.TIX.ENID or at the Stride Bank Center Box Office.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, ZZ Top claims to be the longest-running major rock band with original personnel intact. The Texas trio is still comprised of vocalist/guitarist Billy Gibbons, bassist/vocalist Dusty Hill and and drummer Frank Beard. Their iconography — beards, cars, girls and that magic keychain — seems to transcend all bounds of geography and language.
“Yeah,” Gibbons said in a press release, “we’re the same three guys, bashing out the same three chords.”
Formed in Houston, the group recorded “ZZ Top’s First Album” and “Rio Grande Mud” that reflected strong blues roots. Their third, 1973’s “Tres Hombres,” catapulted them to national attention with the hit “La Grange,” still one of the band’s signature pieces today. Their next hit was “Tush,” was featured on their “Fandango!” album, released in 1975.
Following a lengthy hiatus, ZZ Top switched labels — from British Decca’s London label to Warner Bros. — and returned with two albums, “Deguello” and “El Loco.”
Their next release, “Eliminator,” soon found a visual outlet with MTV highlighting the album’s three smash singles: “Gimme All Your Lovin,’” “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Legs.”
They stayed with Warner for one more album, “Recycler,” released in 1990 and switched to RCA where they debuted with “Antenna” and followed with “Rhythmeen,” “XXX” and “Mescalero.” A four-CD box set compilation, “Chrome, Smoke & B.B.Q.” and a two-CD distillation of that package, “Rancho Texicano,” were released by Warner prior to “The Complete Studio Albums” set.
In 2012, ZZ TOP released “La Futura,” their first studio album in nine years. Produced by Rick Rubin and Billy Gibbons and released on American Recordings, it reflected the blues inspiration that has powered the band since the very beginning. The career retrospective “The Very Baddest” was released in 2014, spanning the entire course of their London, Warner Bros. and RCA years.