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ZZ Top: Long Beach Arena, California

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, March 1980

ALMOST THREE years ago ZZ Top became ZZ Stop, pensioned off the steers and circus animals Texas-style that went with their live performances and went ...

ZZ Top: Recycler

Review by Jeremy Clarke, Q, November 1990

ON RECYCLER, ZZ Top jettison the hi-tech adventurism of Afterburner, their last album, released in 1985, which, despite the brilliance and wit of tracks like ...

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ZZ Top (1984)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 1984

A two parter: firstly, all tres hombres on Mexico, Houston, TV Dinners and what they did on their holidays; then solo Billy Gibbons ("The Reverend Billy G"), on the black roots of the Top, his love of Eno and guitar playing.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 49.8meg, total interview length: 54' 22" sound quality: **

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ZZ Top A Go Go

Interview by Jon Tiven, Blast, August 1976

ZZ TOP DOESN'T exactly carry the image of being introspective, deep-thinking individuals. In fact, onstage they look like nothing other than a bunch of dumb ...

ZZ Top: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, NME, 1983

AS A WARM-UP – or should I say boil-up – bash for an imminent global over-haul, the three cosmic-hillbilly stooges of ZZ Top last week ...

The Cats' Whiskers: Down Home with Z.Z. Top

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, NME, November 1984

HOUSTON, OCTOBER: THE MONSOON SEASON in this blandly corporate boomtown. I descend through hot storms over a chrome metropolis built on flat sand and oil ...

ZZ Top/Marillion/Bon Jovi/Metallica/Ratt/Magnum: Donington Park, Leicestershire

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Sounds, August 1985

KINGS AND RATTS OF THE CASTLE Yes, it's that time of year when the Metal Mob gather at the shrine of Donington to pay homage to ...

ZZ Top: Afterburner (Warner Bros.)

Review by Deborah Frost, Rolling Stone, December 1985

THE SOURCE of ZZ Top's appeal was never any secret to the beer drinkers and hell raisers who worshiped them the instant the band began ...

David Sinclair: Tres Hombres - The Story Of ZZ Top

Review by Barney Hoskyns, NME, 1986

YOUR HUMBLE reviewer is quoted in Tres Hombres as stating that ZZ Top are "the only hip boogie band in the entire universe", and it's ...

ZZ Top: Life at the Top

Interview by Glenn O'Brien, Spin, February 1986

ZZ Top doesn't care that it took people 15 years to discover their mega-greatness. They've known all along that if you feel sharp, you be ...

All The Things You Ever Wanted To Know About ZZ Top

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, March 1986

Do you sleep with your beards over or under the bedclothes?Billy Gibbons: Well, there's only one way to find that out.... ...

Billy Gibbons: Sittin' On Top Of The World

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar World, November 1986

"B.G. HERE," drawled the voice on the phone. Billy Gibbons was calling from Arizona where he was en route to Los Angeles for the filming ...

ZZ Top: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Simon Witter, NME, November 1986

WHERE IS Tushmobile? On the basis of this show I'd guess it got lost somewhere in the mix. Lord knows I've waited to see ZZ ...

ZZ Top: Tres Amigos!

Review by David Sinclair, Q, January 1988

IN THE WORLD league table of entertainers' earnings recently compiled by Forbes magazine, only one rock group, U2, was thought to have amassed more than ...

ZZ Top: Recycler

Review by Tom Graves, Rock and Roll Disc, November 1990

THAT LITTLE OL' BAND from Texas is actually a corporate juggernaut that has raked in the millions in the 20 some-odd years it has been ...

ZZ Top: Welcome To Weirdsville…

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, Q, November 1990

ROBERT CRAY'S favourite ZZ Top story: the last time the Robert Cray Band played San Antonio, Billy Gibbons called up and requested tickets. Come show-time, ...

ZZ Top: Greatest Hits

Review by David Cavanagh, Q, June 1992

THERE IS already one ZZ Top compilation in the shops, and thereby hangs a tale. Entitled The Best Of ZZ Top, it was released in ...

ZZ Top: Antenna

Review by David Sinclair, Q, February 1994

THE LONGEST-RUNNING trio in rock, ZZ Top come down from the hills less frequently these days, yet they remain blithely impervious to the ravages of ...

Billy Gibbons: Texan Rabbi From Hell

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, March 1994

QUICK! APART FROM long beards, grotesque guitars and cheap sunglasses, what do ZZ Top and our dearly beloved and highly respected Prime Minister have in ...

ZZ Top

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Kerrang!, 1995

Incredible but true facts about ZZ Top. 1. Jimi Hendrix gave Billy Gibbons a guitar. 2. Dusty Hill wrote 'Tush' in ten minutes during a ...

Looking Back With Billy Gibbons

Interview by Alan Paul, Guitar School, March 1995

FORMED IN 1969, ZZ Top rode lascivious, raucous tunes like ‘Tush’ and ‘La Grange’ to stardom in the early and mid-Seventies, culminating in 1976 with ...

Ten Questions For ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons

Interview by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, August 1996

Antenna and the new album Rhythmeen: returns to form for ZZ Top? ...

ZZ Top: Rhythmeen

Review and Interview by Lloyd Bradley, Mat Snow, MOJO, October 1996

JUST WHEN THE TOP WERE sounding like they'd run out of juice a mere 26 years into their career, they pull out a plum. Could ...

ZZ Top's Frank Beard

Profile by Frank Tortorici, Addicted To Noise, June 1998

ZZ TOP'S DRUMMER, Frank Beard, was born on this day in 1949 in Frankston, Texas. He began drumming in 1964 and formed ZZ Top, the ...

Billy Gibbons: An Interview

Profile and Interview by Pete Makowski, Guitar Aficionado, Fall 2010

"It's not really about fashion; it's only about STYLE. Style lives on and fashion dies." John Varvatos, contemporary menswear fashion designer* ...

Billy Gibbons and Dan Auerbach

Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Guitar World, October 2012

MISSISSIPPI FRED McDowell's haunted, woody voice sails through the air as the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach nurses a cup of coffee and flips through a ...

When Lightnin' Strikes: Billy Gibbons and Dan Auerbach talk Lightnin' Hopkins

Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Guitar World, October 2012

BILLY GIBBONS AND Dan Auerbach are standing shoulder to shoulder on Easy Eye Studio's checkerboard floor, trading lazy blues licks through a battered old Gibson ...

ZZ Top: An Interview

Interview by Pete Makowski, Rock's Backpages, October 2012

"TWO FLAT TIRES on a muddy road. Thick and Throbbing. The rhythm section from Hell and holding on strong." ...

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