ZZ Top- Afterburner 35th Anniversary- Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard
Thirty-five years ago ZZ Top‘s Afterburner joined an elite list of multi-million selling albums including For Those About to Rock, New Jersey , Load , Don’t Look Back , and I’m in You populated by some of music’s biggest-selling stars such as AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Metallica, Boston, and Peter Frampton. But don’t go looking for it in the 2019 ZZ Top rockumentary film That Little Ol’ Band from Texas . That otherwise well-done pastiche of just some of the chapters in this colorful trio’s fifty year telenovella implied that all meaningful recording by ZZ Top wrapped at the conclusion of Eliminator way back in 1983. Let’s be honest, following up Eliminator‘s international success was a fool’s errand, but nevertheless our intrepid Texas trio kicked in the Afterburner for their ninth studio album, peaking at #4 sales on the Billboard Album Sales Chart and selling over 5,000,000 copies. That’s a chalupa grande, mi amigo.