ZZ Top, (left to right) Frank Beard, Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill, return to the area for a concert at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Sunday, Sept. 24. CONTRIBUTED
ZZ Top, performing at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Sunday, Sept. 24, is one of most enduring American bands of the rock ’n’ roll era. Since 1969, the Texas group has featured the same three musicians: Billy Gibbons (guitar), Dusty Hill (bass) and Frank Beard (drums).
Q: If you could only play one guitar for the next five years, what would it be?
A: “And what crime would I have been convicted of to receive a sentence like that? OK, if it’s gotta be just one, it’s gotta be the one and only ‘Mistress Pearly Gates,’ the magic ’59 Les Paul that’s been a key part of our ‘guitarsinal’ since even before ZZ Top’s first album.”
Q: How well does your latest release, is “Live – Greatest Hits From Around the World,” represent the live ZZ Top experience?
A: “We waded through hundreds of hours of tapes to the find the definitive performance of each of the songs. It’s a great representation of ZZ Top being the best possible ZZ Top. We released it because, well, because it seemed like a good way of keepin’ the groove goin’ even when we’re off the road — a rare circumstance, to be sure.”