Gates open at 6pm. Music starts at 7:30. | Tickets start at $36*
ZZ Top, otherwise known as, “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas,” lay 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 and Roll Hall of Fame. Of course, there are only three of them – Billy F. Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard – but it’s a remarkable achievement that they’re still together after more than 45 years of rock, blues and boogie, on the road and in the studio. “Yeah,” says Billy, guitarist extraordinaire, “we’re the same three guys, bashing out the same three chords.” With the release of each of their albums the band has explored new ground in terms of both their sonic approach and the material they’ve recorded. ZZ Top is the same but always evolving.
It was in Houston in the waning days of 1969 that ZZ Top coalesced from the core of two rival bands. The new group went on to record the appropriately titled ZZ Top’s First Album and Rio Grande Mud, which reflected their strong blues roots. Their third album, Tres Hombres (1973) catapulted them to national attention with the hit “La Grange,” still one of the band’s signature pieces today. The song is unabashed elemental boogie, celebrating the institution that came to be known as “the best little whorehouse in Texas.” Their next hit was “Tush,” a song about the pursuit of “the good life” that was featured on their Fandango! (1975) album. The band built momentum and success during its first decade, culminating in the legendary World Wide Texas Tour, a production that included a longhorn steer, a buffalo, buzzards, rattlesnakes and a Texas-shaped stage. As a touring unit, they’ve been without peer over the years, having performed before millions of fans across North America on numerous epochal tours as well as overseas where they’ve enthralled audiences from Slovenia to Argentina, Australia to Sweden, Russia to Japan, and most points in between. Their iconography – beards, cars, girls and that magic keychain – seems to transcend all bounds of geography and language.
In 2012, ZZ Top unveiled LA FUTURA, their first studio album in nine years. The album reflects the solid blues inspiration that has powered the band since the beginning with a contemporary approach that underscored the group’s inclination to experiment and explore new sonic vistas. The album includes the widely lauded “I Gotsta Get Paid,” which has become a hit sensation. ZZ Top’s rich history became the subject of a box set release the following year. ZZ Top: The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1990, offering no fewer than 10 of the band’s most lauded albums all with the original mixes restored. 2016 saw the release of ZZ Top’s Live! Greatest Hits From Around The World album, consisting of 15 songs recorded live in 13 cities spanning three continents. Guitar legend, Jeff Beck joins the band on stage in his native London for two songs – “Rough Boy” and a cover of Tennessee Ernie Ford’s “Sixteen Tons.”
The elements that keep ZZ Top fresh, enduring and above the transitory fray can be summed up in the three words of the band’s internal mantra: “tone, taste and tenacity.” Of course, the three members of the band have done their utmost to do their part in assuring that ZZ Top prevails. As genuine roots musicians, the members of the band have few peers. ZZ Top’s music is always instantly recognizable, eminently powerful, profoundly soulful and 100% Texas American in derivation. The band’s support for the blues is unwavering both as interpreters of the music and preservers of its legacy. They have sold millions of records over the course of their career, have been officially designated as “Heroes of The State of Texas,” been referenced in countless cartoons and sitcoms, and are true rock icons. They’re real and they’re surreal and they’re ZZ Top.
5079 West Northgate Rd., Rogers, AR 72758
Located on the east side of the Walmart AMP
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday & Sunday, opens at noon on concert days only.
Walton Arts Center
495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville, AR 72701
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, noon-4pm; one hour prior to performances.
Walton Arts Center is the only authorized ticket seller of the Walmart AMP.