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ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons Plays First Gig in More Than 40 Years with the Moving Sidewalks

Yes kids, Billy Gibbons was actually in a band before ZZ Top, and last night they got back together for the first time since 1969. The band was called the Moving Sidewalks, and in a new interview, Gibbons described what it was like to return to his garage-rock roots.

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ZZ Top Announce 2013 North American Tour

The rock and roll machine known as ZZ Top are hitting the road this summer, and believe it or not, there are no Texas dates. Wait, what?!? Yes, it's true. The Top hasn't scheduled any dates in their home state. I'm an optimist, so I can only assume they will add more dates to the tour.  Dates for the 'La Futura.' The tour kick off May 2 and run through the 25th.

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Guns N’ Roses Joined by Billy Gibbons + More at Australian Finale

Guns N' Roses concluded their Australia tour in style yesterday (March 20). The hard rock legends asked members of both opening acts -- ZZ Top and Rose Tattoo -- to join them on stage during their main set. The concert took place at the Brisbane Entertainment Center in Brisbane.

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30 Years Ago: ZZ Top Release ‘Eliminator’

Very few classic rockers went through a transformation as jarring, or as triumphant, as ZZ Top did 30 years ago today (March 23, 1983) with the release of 'Eliminator.'

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Like Billy Gibbons’ Hat? Here’s How to Get One

ZZ Top superfans are directed to a new eBay item: Handmade hats similar to the one Billy Gibbons wears are on sale now. They're a little pricey at $375 but, hey, everybody loves a sharp-dressed man, right?

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ZZ Top and Queensryche to Perform at 2013 Sturgis Buffalo Chip

That lil' ol' band from Tejas ZZ Top and the progressive metal group Queensryche are among the acts confirmed to appear at this year's Sturgis Rally concert at the Buffalo Chip Music Festival. Billed as the "largest music festival in motorcycling," the annual event features a mix of classic rock and country acts. This year's rally takes place Aug. 2-11 in South Dakota.

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ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons to Reunite with the Moving Sidewalks for One-Off Show

Most of us, of course, know the long-bearded Billy Gibbons for his work with ZZ Top, but before that, he was a member of the '60s psychedelic outfit the Moving Sidewalks. Now, the guitar great has revealed plans to reunite with that band for a one-off show in support of the career retrospective, 'Moving Sidewalks: The Complete Collection.'

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Tom Petty, ZZ Top Reportedly to Headline Bonnaroo 2013

You know what they're not going to need backstage at Bonnaroo next year? Shaving cream, because the heavily-bearded Tom Petty (and the Heartbreakers) and ZZ Top are among the acts reportedly set to headline the annual musical festival this coming June.

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Get Ready for More New ZZ Top

ZZ Top's new album 'La Futura' hit store shelves this fall and got pretty good reviews from critics and fans alike. Talking about the album, guitarist/vocalist Billy Gibbons has some good news for you: There's a lot more where that came from.

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ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd + Rush Win Big at 2012 Classic Rock Roll of Honor

British amp manufacturer Orange Amplification isn't just known for its distinctive-looking speakers and cabinets -- they're also responsible for the annual Classic Rock Roll of Honor ceremony held annually in the UK, and this year's awards show saw ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Rush going home with high honors.

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The Sword Covers ZZ Top’s ‘Cheap Sunglasses’ on New Album

They don't exactly occupy the same end of the musical spectrum, but rock legends ZZ Top and up-and-coming metal band the Sword are both from Texas -- and it turns out that's enough shared musical DNA to produce a pretty effective cover.

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Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, + ZZ Top Earn Induction Into Memphis Music Hall of Fame

It's one of the most storied cities in American music, and next month, Memphis will open a hall of fame dedicated to some of the many artists who have helped define its sound -- with an inaugural class that includes Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and ZZ Top.

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