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ZZ Top – Billy F. Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard – lays undisputed claim to being the longest-running major rock band with original personnel intact, and in 2004, the Texas trio was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It was in Houston in 1969 that ZZ Top coalesced from the core of two rival bands, Billy’s Moving Sidewalks and Frank and Dusty’s American Blues. The new group went on to record the appropriately titled ZZ Top’s First Album and Rio Grande Mud reflecting its strong blues roots. The group’s third album, 1973’s Tres Hombres, catapulted it to national attention with the hit “La Grange,” still one of the band’s signature pieces. Following a lengthy hiatus, the band returned with albums Deguello and El Loco. Its next release, Eliminator, highlighted three smash singles: “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Legs.” The group continues to release music, and when it comes to the live experience, the trio’s still got it. ZZ Top’s music is instantly recognizable, eminently powerful and profoundly soulful. The band has sold millions of records over the course of its career and is a true rock icon.
Robin Zander (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar) and Tom Petersson (bass guitar) are part of the very fiber of American music, inspiring and delighting generations with their unique union of massive melodies and razorblade riffs, their own special brand of mischievous wit and maximum rock ‘n’ roll. Since the 1970s, they’ve been blending elements of pop, punk and metal in a way that is instantly catchy and recognizable. With timeless classics such as “I Want You to Want Me” and “Surrender,” Cheap Trick, now with drummer Daxx Nielsen, is a musical institution. The Rockford, Ill., band is as vital today as ever, having released three records in the last three years: 2016’s Bang, Zoom, Crazy…Hello and 2017’s We’re All Alright! and Christmas Christmas, along with touring relentlessly to packed audiences around the world. 2016 saw Cheap Trick’s long-awaited induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The induction honored both the band and the pioneering sound that has earned them group total record sales in excess of 20 million and more than 40 international Gold and Platinum certifications. 2017’s We’re All Alright! was yet another undisputed triumph for the band as the album's first single, "Long Time Coming," enjoyed an unprecedented run of 18 weeks at No. 1 on the Mediabase Classic Rock chart.