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Aerosmith – I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing

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Guns N’ Roses Videos

June 29, 2009 5 comments

ZZ Top Awards

June 21, 2009 Leave a comment
  • The Living Legends Award – Given out by The Board of Directors of the International Entertainment Buyer’s Association (IEBA) live between Oct. 15-17, 2006.
  • VH1 Rock Honors award in 2007

ZZ Top Discography

June 21, 2009 Leave a comment

Albums

Studio albums


Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US UK AUS NZ SWE
1971 ZZ Top’s First Album

  • Released: January 16, 1971
  • Label: London Records
1972 Rio Grande Mud

  • Released: April 4, 1972
  • Label: London Records
104
1973 Tres Hombres

  • Released: July 26, 1973
  • Label: London Records
8
  • US: Gold
  • CAN: Gold
1975 Fandango!

  • Released: April 18, 1975
  • Label: London Records
10
  • US: Gold
  • CAN: Platinum
1977 Tejas

  • Released: February 9, 1977
  • Label: London Records
17 21
  • US: Gold
1979 Degüello

  • Released: August 27, 1979
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
24
  • US: Platinum
1981 El Loco

  • Released: October 1, 1981
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
17 26
  • US: Gold
1983 Eliminator

  • Released: March 23, 1983
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
9 3 4 13
  • US: 10× Multi-Platinum
  • CAN: Diamond
  • UK: 4× Multi-Platinum
1985 Afterburner

  • Released: October 28, 1985
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
4 2 3
  • US: 5× Multi-Platinum
  • UK: Platinum
1990 Recycler

  • Released: March 23, 1990
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
6 8 27 2
  • US: Platinum
  • CAN: Platinum
  • UK: Silver
1994 Antenna

  • Released: January 18, 1994
  • Label: RCA Records
14 3 40 13 1
  • US: Platinum
  • CAN: Gold
1996 Rhythmeen

  • Released: September 17, 1996
  • Label: RCA Records
29 32 6
1999 XXX

  • Released: September 28, 1999
  • Label: RCA Records
100 26
2003 Mescalero

  • Released: April 15, 2003
  • Label: RCA Records
57 22
“—” denotes the album failed to chart or not released

Compilation and specialty albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US US Blues UK AUS SWE NOR
1977 The Best of ZZ Top

  • Released: March 21, 1977
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
182
  • US: 2× Multi-Platinum
1992 Greatest Hits

  • Released: April 14, 1992
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
9 5 2 1 7
  • US: 3× Multi-Platinum
  • CAN: Platinum
  • UK: Gold
1994 One Foot in the Blues

  • Released: November 22, 1994
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
10
2003 Chrome, Smoke & BBQ

  • Released: October 14, 2003
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
2004 Rancho Texicano

  • Released: June 8, 2004
  • Label: Rhino Records
77
2008 Live From Texas

  • Released: October 28, 2008
  • Label: Eagle Rock Records
“—” denotes the album failed to chart or not released

Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US US Main US Dance UK IRE
1970 “Salt Lick” Non-album song
“(Somebody Else Been) Shakin’ Your Tree” 50 ZZ Top’s First Album
1972 “Francene” 69 Rio Grande Mud
1973 “La Grange” 41 Tres Hombres
1975 “Tush” 20 Fandango!
1976 “It’s Only Love” 44 Tejas
1977 “Arrested for Driving While Blind” 91
“Enjoy and Get It On” 105
1980 “I Thank You” 34 Degüello
“Cheap Sunglasses” 89
1981 “Leila” 77 El Loco
“Pearl Necklace” 28
“Tube Snake Boogie” 103 4
1983 “Gimme All Your Lovin'” 37 2 10 9 Eliminator
“Got Me Under Pressure” 18
“Sharp Dressed Man” 56 8 22 8
“TV Dinners” 38 67
1984 “Legs” 8 3 13 16 9
1985 “Summer Holiday EP” 51 23 Non-album song
“Sleeping Bag” 8 1 41 27 14 Afterburner
“Stages” 21 1 43 23
1986 “Woke Up with Wood” 18
“Velcro Fly” 35 15 43 54
“Rough Boy” 22 5 23 23
“Delirious” 16
1990 “My Head’s in Mississippi” 1 37 Recycler
“Doubleback” 50 1 29
“Concrete and Steel” 1
1991 “Give It Up” 79 2
“Decision or Collision” 14
1992 “Viva Las Vegas” 16 10 8 ZZ Top’s Greatest Hits
“Gun Love” 8
1994 “Pincushion” 124 1 15 Antenna
“Girl in a T-Shirt” 27
“Fuzzbox Voodoo” 30
“Breakaway” 7 60
1996 “What’s Up with That” 5 58 Rhythmeen
“She’s Just Killing Me” 12
1997 “Rhythmeen” 35
“Bang Bang” 22
1999 “Fearless Boogie” 13 XXX
2000 “36-22-36” 31

ZZ Top’s guitars, cars, and motorcycles

June 21, 2009 Leave a comment

The ZZ Top guitars

Like many rock stars, Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill are dedicated rare, classic electric guitar and vintage amp and speaker system collectors (“the pursuit of things sonic”), and famous for their personal custom guitars, many of which were co-designed by Gibbons and master luthier John Bolin of Bolin Guitars. Gibbons likes his custom instruments with a neck conforming to the specs of his highly-prized 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard nicknamed “Pearly Gates” (named after the barely-roadworthy car Billy sold for money to buy the guitar many years ago). Hill requests that his basses have a similar neck profile to the 1951 Fender Precision Bass he used extensively in the early days of the band, and often uses to this day. In the 1990s, Gibbons also contributed to the design of the “Muddywood” guitar, a one-off instrument crafted from a plank of the Mississippi Delta shack in which blues legend Muddy Waters was born. For concerts, a fan favorite pair of guitars are the spinning “white fuzzies” (covered in synthetic white fur) — “Have Mercy!” — a tribute to hanging fuzzy dice in the custom street rods of the ’50s.

The Eliminator

Billy Gibbons is a fan and avid collector of custom cars and motorcycles.His custom vehicles were a mainstay for the earlier ZZ Top videos and were also used for promotion.

The red 1933 Ford 3-window coupé Hot Rod ‘The Eliminator’ was customized by Don Thelen at Paramount. The car was featured in a video trilogy from the album Eliminator, consisting of “Sharp Dressed Man”, “Gimme All Your Lovin'” and “Legs”. The car was also featured in various custom car magazines around the globe.

‘The Eliminator’ gets eliminated by two wheel loaders in the video “Sleeping Bag” from the Afterburner album, while it saves a young couple from being captured by the “bad boys.” The car gets reborn as a mix between the Hot Rod and the Space Shuttle, as shown on the cover of the album. When the Eliminator Shuttle rockets into space, controlled by the ZZ Top crew, a text appears “to be continued…”. But in the next video “Stages”, the shuttle only has a very brief showing at the end with the text “Stay tuned…”. In the following video “Rough Boy” the shuttle plays a larger role as the sole customer in a car wash space station. This video closes the “Afterburner” trilogy with the ominous text “Stay clean…”. The Eliminator has one last (so far) and almost imperceptible appearance at the beginning of the video “Burger Man” from the Recycler album.

A 1/24 scale plastic model of the Eliminator was produced by Monogram under license. The car now resides in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

Leapin’ Limo

Based on a 1948 Pontiac Silver Streak, the car was stretched 40 inches, painted in black with ZZ Top graphics and used in the video for “Velcro Fly” from the album Afterburner.

CadZZilla

Cadzilla at the Longhorn Hot Rod Show in 2005

Cadzilla at the Longhorn Hot Rod Show in 2005

Based on a 1948 Cadillac Series 62 Sedanette, the CadZZilla is a low-slung, sleek and dark custom car built by Boyd Coddington and designed by Larry Erickson. The name is a contraction of Cadillac, ZZ Top and Godzilla. It wasn’t featured as prominently in ZZ Top’s videos as ‘The Eliminator’, but it appeared in “My Head’s in Mississippi” and in “Burger Man” — pulling out of the parking lot of a diner at the very beginning of the video. When CadZZilla has left the frame, it reveals a brief view of ‘The Eliminator’ parked beside the diner. An artist’s rendition of CadZZilla was used on the cover of the “Recycler” album. In the video for “Doubleback”, which uses Back to the Future Part III footage, CadZZilla appears at the final showdown and similarly to the early Eliminator videos, three sexy women get out of the car and solve the problem. When the car drives off, a view of its rear license plate is shown: “I8TOKYO” — I ate Tokyo, a reference to Godzilla.

The car was well-received in the custom scene. Gray Baskerville, Senior Editor of the Hot Rod Magazine, even named it as one of his favourite custom cars ever, and called it the epitome of the “Dare to Be Different” era.   The intense customization cost around USD 900,000 at the time. CadZZilla was shown outside the USA, for example 2005 at the 14th Annual Yokohama HOT ROD  Custom Show. CadZZilla’s timeless looks motivated and inspired Richard Ferlazzo to design the Holden Efijy showcar.

Scale models in 1/24 and 1/64 were produced under license.

Other cars and motorcycles

  • HogZZilla To accompany his CadZZilla, Gibbons decided to have two Harley Davidson motorbikes converted to matching custom bikes. The name is a contraction of the Harley Davidson nickname HOG, ZZ Top and Godzilla.
  • Kopperhed Based on a Fifties’ Ford sedan, radical re-modelling of the roof creates the look of a 3-window coupé.
  • Mambo Coupé Based on a 1936 Ford Coupé.
  • Slampala Based on a 1962 Chevrolet Impala. The modern air ride suspension allows the car to be set to extremely low ground clearance (a classic “lowrider”). The scene term for this is “slammed”, hence the name Slampala, a contraction of Slammed Impala.
  • 8 Ball B Based on a 1992 BMW 325i with a louvred hood/bonnet and distinct Pool-Billiard theme.

ZZ Top Tours

June 21, 2009 Leave a comment

Tours

  • Worldwide Texas Tour
  • Continental Safari Tour
  • Recyler Tour ’91
  • Mean Rhythm Global Tour ’97
  • XXX Tour
  • Casino Tour 2002
  • European Tour 2002
  • Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers Tour
  • 2004 Summer Tour
  • Whack Attack Tour 2005
  • Hollywood Blues Tour 2007
  • El Camino Ocho Summer Tour 2008
  • Brooks & Dunn’s Cowboy Town Tour 2008
  • In Your Face Fall Tour 2008
  • Aerosmith/ZZ Top Tour 2009
  • Necessity is a Mother Tour 2009
  • F1 Rocks with LG Performance Singapore

Ozzy To Perform With Metallica and Other Big Names Set To Jam

June 21, 2009 Leave a comment

Ozzy Osbourne took Metallica on their first major tour over twenty years ago, now he will be their special guest at an event celebrating the 25th anniversary of a place that for many years didn’t deem him worthy of admission: the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is celebrating their 25th anniversary with a star heavy two-day event at Madison Square Garden later this month. Many of Hall’s inductees will be jamming on stage with other big name stars as their special guests. They announced Ozzy as Metallica’s special guests as an after thought in an October 2nd update that went largely unnoticed. Luckily, BW&BK caught on to the news and gave it the attention it deserves with a report late Tuesday night.

Metallica isn’t the only one bring out the big guns to join them on stage. Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy will jam with Eric Clapton, while Annie Lennox and Lenny Kravitz will join Aretha Franklin on October 30th, the same night Metallica takes the stage with the Godfather of metal.

On the events kickoff night, October 29th, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band will be joined by Sam Moore and Darlene Love, while BB King, John Legend and Smokey Robinson will play with Stevie Wonder. Crosby, Stills & Nash will be playing with James Taylor, Jackson Browne, and Bonnie Raitt. Paul Simon will be pulling double duty as a solo artist and with Simon and Garfunkel. Simon will be joined by Little Anthony and The Imperials and Dion for his solo set.

Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Sting have been announced as special guests but the events website didn’t mention who they would be joining on stage. Poor U2 doesn’t have any announced guests on the site at press time. Maybe they’ll pull a Dylan out of their hat? Or a Rolling Stone or one of the Sirs? As in Sir Paul or Sir Elton? Not likely but if we’ll keep any eye on developments as the event quickly approaches.

Oct. 29th Line Up
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Stevie Wonder
Simon & Garfunkel
Paul Simon
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Friends

Oct. 30th Line Up
U2
Aretha Franklin
Eric Clapton
Metallica