Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ TOP brings its classic Texas blues-rock sound to the L.A. County Fair’s End of Summer Concert Series, presented by Toyota, Sunday, Sept. 25. They’ve said as long as people want to hear the same three guys doing the same three chords, they’ll go out and play. The Fair runs Sept. 9 – Oct. 2, closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
The trio will hit the grandstand stage at 8 p.m., ready to jam with such hits as “Legs,” “Gimme All Your Lovin’” and “Cheap Sunglasses.”
Also known as That Little Ol’ Band from Texas, ZZ TOP began in 1969 with guitarist Billy F. Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard gathering their blues roots in one bunch. The band hit it big with its third album, Tres Hombres, and the hit single “La Grange.” A successful streak continued throughout the ‘70s.
More success came ZZ TOP’s way with the release of Eliminator and the beginning of MTV. The trio became video icons with the production of “Legs” and “Sharp Dressed Man.” With the follow-up album Afterburner, ZZ TOP proved it could move with the times while simultaneously bucking ephemeral trends that crossed its path. The band had become more popular and more iconic without ever having to be the “flavor of the week.” It had become a certified rock institution, contemporary in every way, yet still completely connected to the founding fathers of the genre.
Mescalero, the band’s latest album, reflects the trio’s musicianship and flare for writing. Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the current tour of the United States are introducing this one-of-a-kind sound to a whole new generation. The elements that keep ZZ TOP fresh, enduring and above the transitory fray can be summed up in the three words of the band’s internal mantra: “Tone, Taste and Tenacity.” ZZ TOP’s music is always instantly recognizable, eminently powerful, profoundly soulful and 100 percent Texas American in derivation. The Fair is thrilled to have the band on the grandstand stage for the first time.
General admission to see ZZ TOP is free with Fair admission. Reserved seats are $22.50, box seats are $25 and stageside seating is $100. Tickets can be purchased at the Fairplex credentials office, 1101 W. McKinley Ave, Pomona, or at all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.lacountyfair.com or www.ticketmaster.com. For more information about the End of Summer Concert Series or the L.A. County Fair, visit the Web site or call (909) 623-3111.