Canadian Tire Centre

Canadian Tire Centre

August 19, 2013 06:00 ET

ZZ Top visit Canadian Tire Centre on Nov. 11, 2013

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 19, 2013) -



Doors: 7 p.m. Showtime: 8 p.m.

Tickets on sale Thursday, Aug. 22, at 10 a.m.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting, by phone at 613-599-FANS (3267) or 1-877-788-FANS (3267); in person at The Sens Store at Carlingwood Mall and Place d'Orléans, any Ottawa Sports Experts location, Les Galeries de Hull, Ottawa Festivals and at the Canadian Tire Centre box office.

Tickets are $60.50, $80.50 and $100.50; reserved seating (plus CRF and service charges).

ZZ Top lay undisputed claim to being the longest running major rock band with original personnel intact and in 2004 the Texas trio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Of course, there are only three of them - Billy F. Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard - but it's still a remarkable achievement that they're still very much together after more than 40 years of rock, blues and boogie on the road and in the studio. "Yeah," said Gibbons, guitarist extraordinaire, "we're the same three guys, bashing out the same three chords."

On Monday, Nov. 11, the group returns to Ottawa's Canadian Tire Centre after a remarkable sold-out show at the National Art Centre earlier this year. Tickets go on sale Thursday, Aug. 22, at 10 a.m.

With the release of each of their albums the band has explored new ground in terms of both their sonic approach and the material they've recorded. Evidence of that consistency and adaptability is found in La Futura, their first studio album in nine years, which was released in September of 2012. Produced by Rick Rubin and Gibbons, it reflects the solid blues inspiration that has powered the band since the very beginning with a contemporary approach that underscores the group's inclination to experiment and explore new sonic vistas. The album includes ten new tracks including the widely lauded I Gotsta Get Paid that has become both a video and in-concert sensation.

About ZZ Top

It was in Houston in the waning days of 1969 that ZZ Top coalesced from the core of two rival bands, Moving Sidewalks and American Blues. The new group went on to record the appropriately titled ZZ Top's First Album and Rio Grande Mud that reflected their strong blues roots. Their third album, 1973's Tres Hombres, catapulted them to national attention with the hit La Grange, still one of the band's signature pieces today. The song is unabashed elemental boogie, celebrating the institution that came to be known as "the best little whorehouse in Texas." Their next hit was Tush, a song about the pursuit of "the good life" that was featured on their Fandango! album released in 1975.

The band's momentum and success built during its first decade, culminating in the legendary World Wide Texas Tour, with a production that included a longhorn steer, a buffalo, buzzards, rattlesnakes and a Texas-shaped stage. As a touring unit, they've been without peer over the years, having performed before millions of fans throughout North America on numerous epochal tours around the world. Their iconography - beards, cars, girls and that magic keychain - seems to transcend all bounds of geography and language.

Following a lengthy hiatus during which the individual members of the band traveled the world, they switched labels (from British Decca's London label to Warner Bros.) and returned with two amazingly provocative albums, Deguello and El Loco. Their next release, Eliminator, was something of a paradigm shift for ZZ Top. Their roots blues skew was intact, but added to the mix were tech-age trappings that soon found a visual outlet with the nascent MTV.

Suddenly, Gibbons, Hill and Beard were video icons, playing a kind of Greek chorus in videos that highlighted the album's three smash singles Gimme All Your Lovin', Sharp Dressed Man and Legs. The melding of grungy guitar-based blues with synth-pop was seamless and continued with the follow-up album Afterburner as they continued their chart juggernaut. ZZ Top had accomplished the impossible; they had moved with the times while simultaneously bucking ephemeral trends that crossed their path. They had become a certified rock institution, contemporary in every way, yet still completely connected to the founding fathers of the genre.

They stayed with Warner for one more album, Recycler, released in 1990 and switched to RCA where they debuted with Antenna and followed with Rhythmeen and XXX. Mescalero is one of the deepest sets ever presented by the band with 16 tracks brimming with virtuoso musicianship, humorously enigmatic lyrics and even a track sung entirely in Spanish. In recent years, a lavish four-disk box set that included Chrome, Smoke & B.B.Q. and a two-disk distillation of Rancho Texicano, was released by Warner Bros.

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. Of course, the three members of the band have done their utmost to do their part in assuring that ZZ Top prevails. As genuine roots musicians, the members of the band have few peers.

Gibbons is widely regarded as one of America's finest blues guitarists working in the rock idiom. His influences are both the originators of the form - Muddy Waters, B.B. King, et al - as well as the British blues rockers who emerged the generation before ZZ's ascendance. Hill has long had an affinity for rock's origins; his earliest performances as a child included Elvis songs convincingly performed. Not only is he a bass virtuoso in his own right, his vocal prowess is awe-inspiring. Good natured and diligent, Hill is the rock solid bottom of ZZ Top. Beard has also been keeping the beat in that great tradition. As both a roots and progressive drummer, he has been acknowledged as the key to the band's powerful on-stage and in-studio presence. Beard, despite his last name, is the guy in the band without a beard. But when you're with him, you're with a Beard. He's a rockin' paradox who provides the pulse of ZZ Top.

ZZ Top's music is always instantly recognizable, eminently powerful, profoundly soulful and 100 per cent Texas American in derivation. They have sold millions of records over the course of their career, have been officially designated as Heroes of The State of Texas, the band has been referenced in countless cartoons and sitcoms and they are true rock icons. But against all odds they're really just doing what they've always done; they're real and they're surreal and they're ZZ Top.

$1 from every ticket sold for their Nov. 11 concert will be donated to the Ottawa Citizen's Literacy Foundation. For more information, please visit

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