• ZZ Top set to play city performance
    Herald Staff | February 22,2008
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    Some sharply dressed men from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are heading to Rutland.

    The blues-rock group ZZ Top will perform this summer at the fairgrounds on Route 7.

    The band, hailing from Texas, is set to play in Rutland on Saturday, June 21, as part of an event called "Summer Extravaganza."

    The performance is presented by the new classic hits FM radio station 94.5 WDVT The Drive, the Rutland Herald and The Vermont State Fair.

    "That's exactly what this radio station is about," radio station general manger Debbie Grembowicz said Thursday at the announcement for the new radio station and the ZZ Top performance.

    The rock band ZZ Top, featuring hard-guitar-sounding blues has been together and playing for 35 years, and in 2004 the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard make up the band, with Gibbons and Hill known for having long and distinctive beards.

    The band's hit list includes "Rough Boy," "Gimme All Your Lovin'," "Cheap Sunglasses," "Sharp-Dressed Man" and "Legs."

    One of the band's biggest albums, "Eliminator," was released in 1983.

    "Creating a new sound, the band subversively co-opted the humming synthesizers of new wave and fused them to its trademark hot-rodded blues boogie. The album roared into the MTV age powered by a trio of smash radio singles and iconic videos that helped make Billy F. Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard international superstars," the band's Web site stated.

    "Eliminator also holds the rare distinction of being among the first group of albums to be awarded diamond certification by the RIAA (Recording Industry Associated of America) for sales of 10 million copies."

    Last summer, the fairgrounds played host to another Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, The Beach Boys.

    The Beach Boys concert last year drew a disappointing crowd. But Grembowicz said ZZ Top should attract a younger and bigger audience.

    Station operations manager Terry Jaye said unlike the mellow sound of the Beach Boys, the music of ZZ Top is more rock with an edge to it.

    Tickets for the ZZ Top show are available through the Vermont State Fair by calling 775-5200, or the organization's Web site, www.vermontstatefair.net.

    Events are being planned at the fairgrounds throughout the day of the concert with ZZ Top taking the stage at 7 p.m.

    Tickets are $40 and up. Organizers say 5,600 tickets are available for the performance.
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