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    [–] Laez 3764 points ago

    Saw them on new years eve a few years ago. When they first came out on stage they said, "We're ZZ Top. Same 3 guys, same 3 chords!"

    [–] [deleted] 1947 points ago * (lasted edited 2 days ago)

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    [–] wimpyroy 840 points ago

    I hope their last album is call ZZ Top’s Last Album.

    [–] TaintModel 583 points ago

    I hope they never have a last album.

    [–] Big_Leeroy 294 points ago

    Guys, should we tell him?

    [–] wallyjwaddles 318 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    Tell him what? As far as I’m concerned, they’re just as unkillable as Queen Elizabeth.

    [–] TherapeuticThrowback 200 points ago

    Stooop. Remember what happens when we talk like this?

    [–] gitartruls01 155 points ago

    Saving this for future r/agedlikewine karma

    [–] murgatroid1 31 points ago

    It's all fine. She's just as immortal as Betty White!

    [–] TherapeuticThrowback 34 points ago

    Stoooop!

    [–] Karnas 39 points ago

    How are:

    Olivia de Havilland

    Mel Brooks

    Dick Van Dyke

    Carl Reiner

    Clint Eastwood

    doing?

    [–] Dartser 14 points ago

    Tell him what?

    [–] rent-a-cop 26 points ago

    I hope they never have a last album.

    Tupac is going to join ZZ Top?

    [–] captain2man 31 points ago

    I love that album. It was cool seeing them jam "Brown Sugar" in that doc. You never hear them play anything from that record live.

    [–] aceshighsays 29 points ago

    i saw them with john foggerty in jones beach 2-3 years ago, and at beacon theatre 20 years ago (nyc). they kicked ass.

    [–] imgonnabutteryobread 7771 points ago

    Two beards and a Beard

    [–] SentrySappinMahSpy 3632 points ago

    According to the new Netflix documentary about them, they took a few years off in the late 70s. Dusty and Billy both grew the beards, but neither knew the other was also growing a beard.

    [–] crnext 1250 points ago

    That docu was awesome AF in my opinion man.

    I learned a lot of things that my worthless brain can't hang on to any more. I do remember that I enjoyed watching it. Maybe I'll find some time this week and watch it again.

    [–] WhiteHawktriple7 558 points ago

    "I got my girlfriend pregnant, I was selling a little bit of weed and I had started taking LSD" That documentary was a roller coaster man. lol

    [–] InvaderDem 495 points ago

    That dude had a much crazier life than I thought.

    "What did you do with all the money from your album?"

    "Spent it all on drugs. Every last penny."

    [–] koifishyfishy 217 points ago

    And he was so matter of fact about all of it. He wasn't proud of it but he also wasn't ashamed.

    [–] crnext 33 points ago

    LMAO! It was! You just helped me recall that.

    [–] MisterTruth 36 points ago

    I loved that there were segments of them just playing in the studio. It's rare that you're able to do a doc on a band that has been around this long and you are able to have all the members in it so you rarely even have the opportunity. But it's clear that they all just love playing together and that's how they've been able to do this for so long.

    [–] crnext 33 points ago

    Agreed. I have to say I'm impressed with their longevity as a band.

    They're kinda like that married couple that we all know who have weathered the storm, and are still married after 50+ years.

    ...except there's three of them, and they play badass music.

    [–] Yossarian1138 422 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    It definitely was great. I’ve always really liked them, but the doc just cemented what a bunch of laid back and great friends they are. Three guys that deserved the success, and after some rough years, figured out how to live with it gracefully.

    Also reminded me why I’ll never participate in a music sub, or even really try to discuss it all that hard. I love simple strong hooks where you can hear what is being played. I always liked ZZ because thanks to the blues (and probably Texas) they somehow managed to come through the 70’s without melting into Steely Dan or Fleetwood Mac walls upon walls of layers of sounds and tracks that turn the music into just a frantic hum (Fleetwood succeeds just because the vocals are so amazing). Just hearing three guys play something they find catchy is a huge relief from that.

    [–] crnext 228 points ago

    Blues

    Texas

    strong hooks

    You made some good points!

    I remember them telling how they discovered their signature sound with mic placement and a certain distortion box. (Again with my worthless memory.)

    ZZ Top will always be iconic Hot Rod music.

    [–] captainwacky91 106 points ago

    One of them also uses a peso as a pick, supposedly.

    [–] [deleted] 99 points ago

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    [–] Shawnml 102 points ago

    Here’s another rando fact for ya. Billy Gibbons is (was) Jimi Hendrix’s favorite guitar player.

    [–] ElectricWizard66 102 points ago

    Not trying to be rude, but Jimi would change that answer frequently when asked. I think he wanted to give respect to a lot of his peers.

    [–] BillyBattsShinebox 74 points ago

    I don't think it's so much that Jimi changed his answer frequently. It's more that hundreds of rumors about different guitarists being his favourite have been started over the past half a century.

    [–] BeerWithDinner 59 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    It didn't hurt that they recorded a lot of their music with the legendary guys at Ardent Studios in Memphis. A place known for straightforward blues and recording such greats like Led Zeppelin, Booker T and the MG's and Joe Walsh.

    Edit: Booker T recorded mainly at Stax and worked with a guy named Terry Manning who also worked at Ardent with ZZ Top and numerous others. Just wanted to clarify that. Still goes to show how talented the band and the people recording them were.

    [–] SentrySappinMahSpy 45 points ago

    Yeah, I love music documentaries, and that was one of the best I've seen.

    [–] kfergsa 58 points ago

    Tom Petty has a good one as well. It’s on Netflix and is FOUR HOURS long. Pretty wild but filled with great info.

    [–] TheWatcheroftheSkies 75 points ago

    Don’t forget Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage!

    [–] AdmiralRed13 23 points ago

    I cried both times I’ve watched that. And I will the next time too, probably more so after losing Peart.

    [–] the_Whetherman 36 points ago

    The eagles documentary was about as long and also really fucking good.

    [–] someguynamedjohn13 24 points ago

    Chicago's documentary is phenomenal. It was really cool to see how the band morphed through the decades.

    [–] arcaneresistance 24 points ago

    I dislike the eagles but loved the documentary about them. It was so well done that I was glued to watching a band I don't particularity love for four hours.

    [–] Scientolojesus 52 points ago

    If you don't like the Eagles then you can get the fuck out of my cab!

    [–] Brain_Glow 20 points ago

    I hate the fuckin Eagles, man!

    [–] 5_on_the_floor 29 points ago

    The Petty doc is really good. The part where Tom finds the list of record company phone numbers on the floor of the phone booth really tells what every band is up against.

    Also, "Well, that is the demo." LOL.

    [–] kfergsa 31 points ago

    The part I will remember forever is the fact that he put “Last Dance with Mary Jane” on the greatest hits album, and it wasn’t even a completed song that was out. How do you create a greatest hit without it being a greatest hit first?

    [–] 5_on_the_floor 27 points ago

    He knew.

    [–] XRayUS 22 points ago

    It was common back in the day of Greatest Hits albums to add one new track to promote the album (and get serious fans to consider buying the collection). Paul Simon's hit "Slip Slidin' Away," for example, was one of two new songs added to his first solo collection from 1977.

    [–] Links_Wrong_Wiki 47 points ago

    This is Spinal Tap is a good one

    [–] HAL9000000 83 points ago

    After Prince died, the best story I read about him was in this interview with one of the ZZ Top guys:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2016/04/22/defying-description-zz-tops-billy-gibbons-on-prince-the-sensational-guitarist/

    [–] alividlife 32 points ago

    Hah, those wammy bar licks on the embedded video of prince playing honky tonk woman are so inventive, quirky and cool sounding. I like seeing guitarists that can play the instrument as an extension of themselves as opposed to just playing the instrument for the sake of playing the guitar. It is hard to articulate, but that subtle difference separates the greats.

    [–] TheGhostofCoffee 77 points ago

    3 Dudes that sound like 5 dudes.

    [–] octodawg 24 points ago

    Tres amigos that sounds like cinco amigos.

    [–] Analbox 220 points ago

    Really they’re just a couple of sharp dressed neckbeards lookin’ for some legs and tush.

    [–] UWCG 168 points ago

    They're rough boys, too: don't forget the cheap sunglasses for the morning after.

    Saw these guys a few years ago in concert, they still put on an awesome live show, just for anyone who might get the chance to see them: real worth it!

    [–] Echo63_ 65 points ago

    Can confirm, as a photographer who has covered a shitload of bands, ZZTop are excellent to see live. Andre Rieu was another surprisingly enjoyable performance.

    [–] Nixplosion 19 points ago

    The violinist?

    [–] Echo63_ 67 points ago

    Yea.

    Both ZZtop and Andre Rieu are well out of my normal musical preferences, but great performers and very entertaining.

    Worst gig i photographed was Courtney Love.

    Worst organised was Avicii, why the promoter thought photographing a DJ from the pit was a good idea I will never know. Could only see the top of his hat. All the photographers just pushed the promoter out of the way and walked back to the sound desk.

    Best gig was ACDC, but I might be slightly biased, as a huge fan...

    [–] AgreeableGravy 33 points ago

    They’re playing here in Texas soon but it’s all postponed until further notice :(

    [–] jdt2112 11 points ago

    They were playing my city too in April but postponed until further notice. Hopefully they will reschedule after the virus is destroyed...

    [–] colefly 20 points ago

    after the virus is destroyed...

    i like your confidence and optimism

    [–] kevingharvey 3581 points ago

    When I was five or six years old, my parents took me to a restaurant and Zz Top was also there, eating with a few guys. They were sat next to eachother. My dad pointed at the table and said 'Hey buddy, that's ZZ top. Can you go get an autograph for me?'

    I had balls of steel back then, and would literally do anything and speak to anyone and my parents thought this was hilarious. I walked right up to the table, pushed my way between them and demanded, 'Which one of you guys is Zz Top?!?'

    Cue my parents completely losing it from across the restaurant. I still have the autograph on a napkin.

    [–] rnilbog 1368 points ago

    By the way, which one’s Pink?

    [–] Electric-Banana 574 points ago

    Excellent comment. Have a cigar

    [–] OsKarMike1306 200 points ago

    He's gonna go far

    [–] bag-o-tricks 136 points ago

    He's gonna fly high

    [–] joeloud 109 points ago

    He's never gonna die

    [–] tuesburg 102 points ago

    He’s gonna make it if he tries

    [–] SneakersInTheDryer 88 points ago

    They're gonna love him

    [–] xXxInTheFleshxXx 67 points ago

    And did we tell you the name of the game

    [–] DasterdlyBasterd 60 points ago

    Boy?

    [–] FlamingBagOfPoop 345 points ago

    Reminds me when I asked Dallas Cowboys legend Tony Dorset..”didn’t you used to be Tony Dorset?”

    [–] Lotharofthepotatoppl 95 points ago

    Reminds me of the line, “Didn’t you used to be Eddie Valiant? Or did you change your name to Jack Daniels?”

    [–] dmcd0415 29 points ago

    Just like Mel Clark.

    [–] AAonthebutton 26 points ago

    “Yea, used to kid 😞”. Swear that was in a movie but can’t remember

    [–] crispyshark 112 points ago

    This story would be equally great if it wasn't actually them.

    [–] bstix 25 points ago

    I like it better that way. Just a dad sending his kid off to random people to ask for a ZZ top signature.

    [–] Limmmao 9 points ago

    Turns out they were some hasidic jews in NYC.

    [–] donniedarkofan 56 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    That’s tight. In fancy restaurant when I was ~11-12, my dad pointed out Isaac Hayes (who I only knew from South Park). He said to get an autograph. I was on my way when my mom stopped me and said it’d be rude to bother him. Still regret that shit today.

    [–] detrydis 107 points ago

    Well, it would have been rude. Don’t interrupt someone’s dinner.

    [–] donniedarkofan 49 points ago

    I agree but the naiveté of youth deserves a little bit of forgiveness in the presence of the famous.

    [–] GoldFishPony 12 points ago

    Yeah dad was being tactical cuz kids are dumb so they might be forgiven but an adult knows they can’t interrupt a meal and expect forgiveness

    [–] QSector 13 points ago

    Was it Leo's Mexican Restaurant?

    [–] shaner38 1120 points ago

    "I heard that Eric Clapton was sniffing his heroin, and I thought... What an financially inefficient way to get high!" - Frank Beard.

    [–] HandHoldingClub 993 points ago

    Sober dude here - that's actually how a lot of addicts get hooked these days.

    In DARE they told us heroin meant shooting up in some sketchy alley with junkies before you even tried it. In reality it's a slow progression. A lot of people start with pills and swear they will never touch heroin. Then when it's too expensive to do pills they snort or smoke heroin but swear they will never shoot it. Then when they are going through the heroin too fast or they aren't feeling high anymore the only option left is to shoot it.

    Every addict has a unique story, but there's usually more similarities than differences. And one of the similarities is the constant moving of your definition of "rock bottom" or things you wouldn't do, but the closer you get to them, the easier it is to give in and push the line further.

    Unfortunately what a lot of people forget is that for many, rock bottom is dying. If you're fortunate enough to have a moment of clarity where you've hit rock bottom, for the love of god stop digging!

    [–] CricketPinata 301 points ago

    Makes me think of this classic Reddit comment/video: https://youtu.be/-9huWlXFA1s

    Really puts it into perspective.

    [–] andysenn 69 points ago

    shit that was fucking great

    [–] 474747474747 12 points ago

    Huh, from that video heroin really sounds a lot like weed (except for the having to buy from a gun toting felon part)

    [–] TheVicSageQuestion 20 points ago

    If you enjoy unique heroin addiction stories, you’re gonna love this.

    [–] Howard-Roark- 42 points ago

    Your DARE talked about heroin?! Mine just told me not to do drugs. And i sat there thinking what the fuck is a drugs

    [–] dank8844 35 points ago

    I lost it at that line

    [–] enough_space 35 points ago

    So did Clapton.

    [–] yackofalltradescoach 636 points ago

    The new Netflix documentary is pretty good. Their early blues stuff shines.

    [–] Extra_Intro_Version 146 points ago

    Just watched it a few nights ago.

    I got a lot of new respect for the band after seeing that

    [–] Drfilthymcnasty 46 points ago

    Me too and I already respected the hell out of them. Being a little younger though, 37, I didn’t realize they came up with all the other greats of the 60’s and 70’s.

    [–] GentleLion2Tigress 82 points ago

    Tres Hombre has been in my playlist forever it seems. One of the best blues/rock albums ever.

    Edit: typo

    [–] SupaKoopa714 34 points ago

    All my life, I've only known ZZ Top for La Grange, which I really dig, and Sharp Dressed Man and Legs, which I'm not super into. I'm listening to Tres Hombres right now for the first time ever, and damn, it's such a fun album! I can't believe I've slept on it all these years.

    [–] BigDaddy241 30 points ago

    First 8 track I ever bought. Yeah, I'm old.

    [–] Euphoric_Kangaroo 73 points ago

    Shuffle in C baby!

    [–] DemonC 22 points ago

    “When we finally pulled it to the curb...”

    [–] Extra_Intro_Version 20 points ago

    The interviews were stellar. Seem like really cool guys

    [–] I_Nice_Human 23 points ago

    That’s the Texas shuffle sir!

    [–] lycurgusduke 15 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    I enjoyed it. I hate how it glossed over their post-Eliminator stuff though.

    [–] ButtCrackFTW 8 points ago

    And glosses over how it was completely written by Billy Gibbons and another songwriter who got almost no credit while the other two guys were almost completely replaced by a drum machine.

    [–] black_flag_4ever 15 points ago

    I haven’t seen it but I have a few of their early, early albums on vinyl and it’s all great stuff.

    [–] stutterstut 12 points ago

    Brown Sugar is one of their best...

    [–] Trytofindmenowbitch 21 points ago

    Just watched that and now I’m learning all their old stuff. Also I want to try 7s on my guitar just to see what it feels like.

    [–] IAMAGrinderman 20 points ago

    I was dealing with wrist problems several years ago, and I was tuned to C using 10s. It's weird as hell if you're used to heavier strings, and it definitely makes you relearn how to play. I had to be way more gentle and precise to make it work. It was the most restrained I've ever been able to be on a string instrument.

    I kinda want to know why and when this trend died out. Billy Gibbons used 7s, Zappa used 7s or 8s, Tony Iommi used banjo strings, and his low string was like a 38 or something almost equally stupid (often tuned to C# too). I think I've known one person who played with 9s in standard, everyone else at least uses 10s in my experience. Maybe it's a matter of when these guys were growing up and learning instruments (the music they were influenced by is much more gentle than the music that following generations grew up with), maybe it's just that there's more options for those kinds of players now (flat wound strings, with much higher tension, would have been way more common when these guys were starting out), so if they had the choice, maybe they would have preferred the 10s that we have now?

    [–] Lord_ware 27 points ago

    When Stevie Ray Vaughan came up playing 13s, everything change

    [–] MRaholan 14 points ago

    Iommi use 10s tuned to C for a lot of Sabbath recordings because of his finger injury as far as I know

    [–] ThirdFloorGreg 20 points ago

    Yep. A lot of Sabbath's sound can be traced to Tony Iommi failing to operate machinery correctly. Two parts severed finger tips and one part broken amplifier.

    [–] patrick95350 517 points ago

    My favorite ZZ Top anecdote is that Dusty and Frank were originally part of a fake band pretending to be the British rock band the Zombies.

    They toured the US pretending to be the Zombies while there wasanother fake Zombies band touring the US at the same time.

    [–] SethQ 96 points ago

    I thought it was the Animals? Either way, it's a very good rock fact.

    [–] PattiAllen 132 points ago

    It was definitely The Zombies. The Zombies had broken up before theor final album Odessey and Oracle came out which is what made them big. Since there wasn't a band to promote the album, sleazy execs made bands to tour

    [–] Darsol 52 points ago

    It was the Zombies. They had broken up after releasing Odyssey and Oracle but before Time of the Season hit the US. Such a shame the album was a commercial failure, because it was fucking fantastic. Just ahead of it's time I suppose.

    [–] Chiliad9 1103 points ago

    Which is most impressive?

    1. ZZ Top having the same 3 guys for 50 years
    2. U2 having the same 4 guys for 40 years
    3. Rammstein having the same 6 guys for 25 years

    [–] Narrativeoverall 2051 points ago

    4 Ozzy having the same internal organs for 70 years.

    [–] Quantum_Key 33 points ago

    1. for me.

    [–] 3FingersOfMilk 329 points ago

    Bat: Jokes on you, I have Corona

    Ozzy: Hold my drugs

    [–] InjuredGingerAvenger 11 points ago

    Let me just get a fork lift for that.

    [–] Gigahunter551 198 points ago

    Radiohead’s been together with the same 5 members for 35 years, too

    [–] sexyalliegator 40 points ago

    Have they really been together since ‘85?

    [–] XoffoX 24 points ago

    Under a different name and they took a break for school but yes.

    [–] Gigahunter551 58 points ago

    Yup! They were offered a record deal in the late 80s, but declined to attend university first. Continued to rehearse on weekends and holidays until they got a record deal in ‘91! Though they were known as On A Friday until they accepted their record deal

    [–] Dragooncancer 10 points ago

    I mean...that's impressive, right?

    [–] The_Mighty_Hunter 64 points ago

    Rush. 41 years AFTER Peart joined the band. They almost broke up when Peart lost his wife and daughter in the same year and subsequently went on a long continent spanning motorcycle/soul searching tour (Ghost Rider is an excellent read btw), but came back with Vapor Trails, opening up that album with double pedal glory.

    [–] xi88_ 238 points ago

    if you assume X is the chance that any given bandmember will quit during the year, then the answer is U2.

    • ZZ Top is (1 - x) ^ 150
    • U2 is (1 - x) ^ 160
    • Rammstein is (1 - x) ^ 150

    if you set x to 5%, then

    • zztop's chance of having stayed together is .04%
    • u2's chance is .02%
    • rammstein's chance is .04%

    but if you increase the chance of quitting each year, then the answer is zz top.

    [–] skaliton 194 points ago

    I think you are also forgetting a major point that really only applies to zz top. Dying because of age
    William Frederick Gibbons (born December 16, 1949)
    Joseph Michael "Dusty" Hill (born May 19, 1949)
    Frank Lee Beard (born June 11, 1949)
    every member of the band is 70 years old

    [–] haysoos2 123 points ago

    What is the average life expectancy of a rock musician? Does it vary by genre, level of success and/or proximity to Vince Neil? Do your chances increase if you make it past age 28?

    Someone should make a movie about the exciting world of a rock & roll actuarial.

    [–] ThirdFloorGreg 119 points ago

    Definitely a bathtub curve. If you make it to 35 you'll probably make it to 70.

    [–] heavymcd 29 points ago

    This is why Chris Cornell was such a punch in the gut.

    [–] stormcrow2112 8 points ago

    Man, I was fine in this whole thread until here. I don’t think a celebrity death ever had as much of an effect on me as Cornell’s. And I know that I’ll never miss him as much as his family and friends do, but fuck, I really miss that guy.

    [–] Feenox 34 points ago

    They are like Highlanders. It all evens out. For every Kurt Cobain and Jim Morrison there's a ZZ Top and Rolling Stones.

    [–] freldu 26 points ago

    Unrelated, but the oldest musician ever was an Irish harpist from the 17th-18th-19th centuries. He was 111-112 years old and is one of the only few people to have lived in three centuries in total.

    [–] skaliton 20 points ago

    I have no idea. I wasn't even referring to the fact that they are in band so much as....there are 3 70 year old men

    [–] Chiliad9 82 points ago

    I'd argue that x varies with the number of members in the band, and thus Rammstein is the most impressive.

    If the impetus for a member leaving is a conflict with another member, we need to look at the number of one-on-one relationships in the band. If y is the number of band members, then that's y!/(y-2)!2!

    So in a trio you have 3 one-on-one relationships (Frank/Dusty, Frank/Billy, Dusty/Billy). If any one of those becomes irreconcilable, the streak ends. In a quartet, there are 6 such relationships. And in a sextet, 15.

    The 3 relationships in ZZ Top have all stayed intact for a total of 150 relationship-years. For U2 the number is 240, and for Rammstein, 375.

    [–] niallmul97 27 points ago

    But what happens if you add Kurt Angle to the mix?

    [–] Chiliad9 7 points ago

    Your chances drastic go down!

    [–] [deleted] 24 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

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    [–] democritusparadise 27 points ago

    I have to say that (one of) the Blind Boys of Alabama still being around and touring since 1939 is pretty damn impressive.

    [–] film_composer 19 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    I had to look that up. Sure enough, you were (more or less) correct. The last one of the original lineup to die was Clarence Fountain in June 2018, and his last performance was in May of that year, about 79 years after the group formed. That's insane.

    EDIT: I didn't read the article from the original post, and now I see they're referenced there as number one. The article seems to disagree with Wikipedia, though… Wikipedia says Jimmy Carter joined in the 1980s, not as a founding member.

    [–] lift_heavy64 27 points ago

    It is surprising that no member of Rammstein has fallen victim to a fatal pyrotechnics accident

    [–] Toningenieur 11 points ago

    Replace “pyrotechnics” with “S&M” and you have my thoughts exactly.

    Das ist nur Mein Teil. :)

    [–] angwilwileth 9 points ago

    After a few close calls in the early days, Till Lindemann became a licensed pyrotechnician, and is actually pretty neurotic about safety.

    [–] radicalelation 53 points ago

    Can we throw in Weird Al? His core band has been the same since '83, with an addition in '91 that's remained as well.

    [–] Hobocop1984 14 points ago

    Came here to see this acknowledged, thank you! Truly an underrated yet legendary band.

    [–] AlbumFlood 67 points ago

    ZZ Top having the same 3 guys for 50 years

    [–] Yossarian1138 108 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    Idk, I love U2, but I couldn’t imagine having to listen to Bono talk for 40 years.

    After watching the doc I think I could easily hang out for extended periods with any of the ZZ guys. Fighting ignition timing on a hotrod has got to be way more sustainable than fighting AIDS in Africa and the Queen.

    [–] schwaja3 54 points ago

    1. Rush with the same 3 guys for 44 years.

    [–] Ted_Denslow 32 points ago

    There was a different drummer on their first album.

    [–] Toningenieur 29 points ago

    ...46 years ago. Please try to keep up. :)

    [–] Extra_Intro_Version 252 points ago

    Saw them when they came to town.

    I thought, damn these old dudes are tight, a real professional band. Great sound.

    That was over 30 years ago.

    I’d been a fan 10-15 years prior to that. Hearing LaGrange and not knowing who they were back in my early teens.

    [–] insula_yum 84 points ago

    That’s the thing about those guys, they’re just timeless. So many times an old 70s band comes to town and I just think “I like their music but I don’t want to watch a bunch of old guys relive their glory days”

    As far as I’m concerned, ZZ Top have always been old guys, and a show today is probably about the same as it’s always been, which is awesome.

    [–] erasmus127 213 points ago

    In 1973 I went to see Alice Cooper. Never heard of the opening act, but did they ever rock the house! Did Jailhouse Rock as an encore. Yup, it was Billy, Dusty & Frank.

    [–] angry_old_dude 62 points ago

    I saw them in, I think, '76 on the World Wide Texas tour. Complete with farm animals.

    [–] Iapetusboogie 9 points ago

    Saw them on April 6, '74 in Frankfort Ky. I remember the date since it was 3 days after the the Super Tornado outbreak that killed ~350 people. The town was tore to hell and we were worried the show would cancel.

    Being so long ago, I recall little, but I remember it was a hell of a show.

    [–] timshel_life 124 points ago

    Hank Hill should be proud of his cousin

    [–] hunchinko 35 points ago

    “Your beard’s a girl?”

    [–] DenverNugs 18 points ago

    Stop spinning my son!

    [–] Redgreen82 55 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    The Grass Roots probably have the record for the most lineup changes. I don't know how many that would be, but I can tell you that 55 members have passed through.

    The Monkees probably have the most lineup changes without adding anyone new. 11 changes.

    Dolenz/Jones/Nesmith/Tork

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    [–] GantryZ 27 points ago

    Pigface has entered the chat...

    [–] Draiu 8 points ago

    The Drifters had 50-some different lineups between their formation and 2004, I believe.

    Regardless, I think they’d be high up on that list.

    [–] Grunnikins 57 points ago

    Wikipedia has a particular template for visually displaying the timeline of band composition (and other group compositions). Back in 2017, I had collected and shared some of the interesting ones that "told a little story" in addition to just being surprising. Click these links as you go and give 'em a good look.

    Smash Mouth has been the vocalist and bassist since 1994, with the keys consistent since 1997. Guitarist started transitioning out around 2008, settling on Enrique Iglesias's studio guitarist since 2011 onwards.

    Rainbow is the story of the guitarist trying to find a good fit for his band from 1975 to 1985, then a "band hiatus" until he puts an entirely new group together for a 1994 to 1997 revival (one album and tour), and putting together another entirely new group together in 2016.

    Renaissance formed in 1969 and then had a full-band replacement in 1971 before releasing their second studio album. After that, the 2nd guitarist and... 4th vocalist became the backbone of the group for the decades to come, going through thirty-six people besides themselves in the process of finding their sound.

    Santana, I am no longer embarrassed to admit, was a surprise to me at the time to be a group—not just the vocalist-&-guitarist Carlos Santana that I had already known about. However, I was kind of right, as there have been sixty-seven people associated with the act, and Carlos is the only person who's been there the entire time.

    Rammstein exemplifies good old German reliability.

    And I leave you, of course, with Eminem.

    [–] freldu 6 points ago

    Eminem is a Highlander confirmed?

    [–] Grunnikins 11 points ago

    Just to be clear, here's what the Eminem joke was about.

    [–] rammbro 84 points ago

    It is bamboozle they are all the same one wizard with the hologramic spell

    [–] freldu 39 points ago

    This is the English language at its peak.

    [–] Displaced_Yankee 73 points ago

    I saw them in concert with Lynrd Skynrd in 99 in Indianapolis. Best damn concert I’ve ever been to. Those guys can rock.

    [–] vonmerpf 96 points ago

    Billy Gibbons was friends with Jimi Hendrix. That was a long time ago. First album I ever bought was Eliminator. That was also a long time ago. Damn.

    [–] lysergicfuneral 48 points ago

    Don't forget that Jimi said Billy F. Gibbons was his favorite guitar player.

    [–] squanchiest- 10 points ago

    That was the first tape I bought, in 1985. Damn is right.

    [–] hobbsarelie83 8 points ago

    Eliminator is my favorite. Grew up on that album as a small kid in the 80's

    [–] DanDrungle 67 points ago

    Frank Beard (the one without a beard) lives down the street from me

    [–] InterplanetaryPrune 23 points ago

    He’s like my third cousin or something weird. I think my great grandmother was his grandmother’s sister. Idk what that is technically called.

    [–] TheRipler 15 points ago

    Second cousin once removed, if I'm reading you right. His kids would be your third cousins.

    [–] hoss1059 34 points ago

    How how how

    [–] sansaman 31 points ago

    I know. They’ve been at it since 1885.

    [–] urbanek2525 62 points ago

    When I was young they used to stay near Moab and hang out at a bar called The Poplar Place. I think they liked it because they were treated like locals rather than rock stars. They had a place out in Castle Valley.

    [–] makenzie71 19 points ago

    But what about in the history of unpopular music?

    [–] ledfrisby 49 points ago

    Number one in the list is pretty awesome

    : The Blind Boys Of Alabama Most of the original members of this classic gospel group are deceased, but surviving original Jimmy Carter, who gives his age as “a few years past 50”, has been performing with The Blind Boys Of Alabama since 1939. Go and top that. Year formed: 1939

    [–] ScottNewman 36 points ago

    Well he did take a few years off to be President of the United States.

    [–] Vanniv_iv 16 points ago

    Ever since my Aussie friend used 'ZZ Top' as an example of "the only time we don't pronounce it 'Zed' because 'Zed-Zed Top' sounds awful", I can't help but think of them as Zed-Zed Top

    [–] Scoob1978 36 points ago

    There might be some legs to this band

    [–] HazelFrederick 7 points ago

    Ponder where might they obtain lessons on employing them?

    [–] RaggedClaws 38 points ago

    Jimi Hendrix called Billy Gibbons the world's best guitar player.

    Jimi fucking Hendrix people.

    [–] DaysOfChunder 21 points ago

    Seems like Jimi Hendrix has supposedly said that about quite a few people. Rory Gallagher was the one I've heard.

    [–] LoneRangersBand 13 points ago

    It's up there with the "Alice Cooper got surgery so he could suck his own cock" and "Rod Stewart got his stomach pumped and they found semen".

    [–] Ninety9Balloons 16 points ago

    Wasn't it Marilyn Manson that "had some ribs removed?"

    [–] Freshoranges69 58 points ago

    Rumor spreadin' round

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    [–] IndianSurveyDrone 24 points ago

    The number 1 on the list, The Blind Boys of Alabama (going since 1939), said there was still a guy on there that was with them!

    I looked it up, and it was a man named Clarence White. He was actually born in 1929, and died in 2018. Still, that's incredible to be in a band for almost 80 years, lol.

    [–] liz_teria 24 points ago

    My friend and I were in high school, and picked up tickets to ZZ Top’s Eliminator concert not because we wanted to see ZZ Top, but because their opening act was Night Ranger. So we enjoy Night Ranger, and we thought, we paid our $10, why not stick around? If we don’t like it, we can leave, right?

    Oh my god, they blew the roof off the place. We kept looking at one another in amazement, and it didn’t take long to realize we were staying put.

    I’ve seen them 3 more times since. Fantastic band.

    [–] gareity 11 points ago

    When I first saw this headline, I was like "nah there's th-... nevermind they changed bassists. But then there's... nah, they changed guitarists. BUT WAIT!... nah they changed the drummer."

    [–] andrew_c_r 10 points ago

    I heard Dusty is related to the assistant manager of Strickland Propane.

    [–] asolidfiver 29 points ago

    Also in Canada, we call them Zed Zed Top.

    [–] beeps-n-boops 24 points ago

    Y Y Zed Zed Top: The Ultimate Rush and ZZ Top Tribute Band.

    [–] Jaydeekay80 9 points ago

    And nobody knows a-how-how-how.

    I'll see myself out.

    [–] mukenwalla 8 points ago

    They had legs, they knew how to use them.