ZZ Top


ZZ Top Trivia


  • Trivia

    • ZZ Top is #44 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artist of Hard Rock.

    • The band and their song "Velcro Fly" was mentioned in The Dark Tower series written by Stephen King.

    • The song "La Grange" (Tres Hombres, 1973), references the bordello that is the subject of the musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

    • Two of the more famous acts ZZ Top has opened for are the Rolling Stones (1973) and Janis Joplin (1969).

    • It was rumored that ZZ Top's manager Bill Ham, refused to have his picture taken. In reality, Ham believed that people should be taking pictures of the stars not the managers. He believes that limelight isn't him, it's whoever he's managing.

    • The band once was honored by the Delta Blues Museum and received a roof timber that had fallen from the childhood home of famous bluesman Muddy Waters. They then constructed a guitar from the wood and named it "Muddywood." Muddywood was then donated back to the Delta Blues Museum and is currently still on display.

    • Not known for being complicated, the band decided to name their first album ZZ Top's First Album.

    • Vocalist Billy Gibbons is the first musician to be honored by The Cancer League. He was honored on December 13 2002, for his fund raising for cancer sufferers in his hometown of Houston, Texas.

    • Band member Billy Gibbons' interest in rock 'n roll music began on September 9 1956 when he first saw Elvis Presley perform on The Ed Sullivan Show.

    • In 1986, ZZ Top was honored as "Official Texas Heroes" by the Texas House of Representatives.

    • The famous red classic car featured in early ZZ Top music videos and on the cover of the Eliminator and Afterburner albums is a 1933 Ford 3-Window Coupe.

    • Billy Gibbons often uses a peso instead of a guitar pick for his guitar. The peso helps produce a distinctive chirping sound which can be heard on La Grange as well as other songs.

    • The band appeared in the film Back to the Future: Part III. They were featured as a 1885 festival band and each played the 1885 equivalents of their instruments. The movie also featured Dusty and Billy having their trademark 360 degree guitars that would flip in front of them.

    • Drummer Frank Beard, curiously, is the only band member who does not wear a beard.

    • ZZ Top is the only known American rock band to have the same main band members (3) for a over 35 years.

    • The band did a Japanese commercial for Honda for the company's Honda Z.

    • In a 1984 episode of Saturday Night Live, Father Guido Sarducci "nominated" ZZ Top for the Democratic presidential primary. Viewers were then asked to call in and vote in a national phone-in primary nomination poll conducted during the broadcast. ZZ Top won the poll by a significant margin.

    • In 1984, the Gillette razor company offered Gibbons and Hill $1 million apiece to shave their trademark beards with a Gillette razor for a commercial. They both declined.

    • Before forming ZZ Top, Billy Gibbons formed a band called The Moving Sidewalks.

    • Band Members: Frank Beard, Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill

    • Elected to the Rock and Roll hall of fame on March 15, 2004.

  • Quotes

    • Billy Gibbons: Sounds like the blues are composed of feeling, finesse, and fear.

    • Billy Gibbons Muddy Waters taught us "You don't have to be the best one, just be a good 'un." That just about says it all, always strive to be a good 'un.

    • Dusty Hill: It's not an understatement to say that the visit we had with our wounded troops was one of the most emotional experiences we have ever had, and one that we will never forget. "Inspirational" is a word that springs to mind, but it really doesn't do justice to the feelings we experienced that day hanging out with those brave guys. Of course, we would do it again in a heartbeat.