This is the conclusion of the ZZ Top “Antenna” world premiere radio broadcast on January 15, 1994 with Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard live from Manhattan’s Hit Factory to millions all over North America. In part two we learn that ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard had a fascinating side hustle as the owner of his own professional auto racing team, which came in second at Daytona in their first race!
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The all-important breakthrough third ZZ Top album, “Tres Hombres”, will focus on the all-around improvements in recording quality and songwriting reflected in such perennials as “Waitin’ for the Bus”, “Jesus Just Left Chicago”, and “Lagrange” plus the introduction of “the squank” to guitar vernacular. Squankmaster Billy Gibbons, drummer Frank Beard, and the dearly missed Dusty Hill tell the colorful tales of the earliest days of ZZ Top here In the Studio for the breakthrough third album, “Tres Hombres” on its golden anniversary.
And yes, the series of clever, campy videos on the upstart MTV video channel in America undoubtedly had much to do with that staggering (15 million just in US) level of popularity for “Eliminator” (truly ironic, since manager Bill Ham had steadfastly kept ZZ Top off of U.S. television until then). But the songwriting, musicianship, modern arranging, and state-of-the-art recording on “Eliminator” which I heard that day was truly extraordinary. Billy Gibbons, Frank Bread, & the late Dusty Hill are my guests In the Studio.
ZZ Top with the incredibly durable original tres hombres of the late bass player Dusty Hill, drummer Frank Beard, and squankmaster Billy Gibbons taking a turn on the Hollywood red carpet with “Sharp Dressed Man” in concert in the City of Angels.
This was something longtime ZZ Top fans had been dreaming about for decades: a horned toad’s eye view of Billy Gibbons, Frank Beard, and now dearly departed Dusty Hill at rehearsal in the Lone Star state in historic roadhouse Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, nestled in the Texas Hill Country, knocking the bottom out of the ornery bucket shuffle “Tubesnake Boogie” for the Grammy-nominated film documentary ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band from Texas.
ZZ Top “El Loco” fortieth anniversary interview with Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, & Frank Beard “In the Studio”.
Their much-improved second album,”Rio Grande Mud” in 1972, with Billy Gibbons, Frank Beard, and the late Dusty Hill who passed away in July 2021 following hip surgery.
Thirty-five years ago ZZ Top’s”Afterburner” came out. 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. Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard join me here In the Studio on the thirty-fifth anniversary of “Sleeping Bag”,”Stages”,”Woke Up with Wood”, and “Planet of Women”.
For their 1975 “Fandango”, my guests Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard in “That Little Ol’ Band from Texas” ZZ Top were tellin’ tall tales here In the Studio long before Netflix or Amazon Prime were ever invented! -Redbeard
Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard In the Studio for “Deguello”