HED:ZZ Top coming back to Tupelo with Kansas

By Rick Hynum

Daily Journal

What: ZZ Top in concert.

When: 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4.

Where: Tupelo Coliseum.

Opening act: Kansas.

Ticket prices: $25 for general admission. Tickets go on sale at 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 29 at the Tupelo Coliseum Box Office and all Ticket King outlets or by phone at 841-6528.

They've got beards and they know how to use them.

ZZ Top, the quintessential white blues-rock band, will return to the Tupelo Coliseum for a concert performance at 8 p.m. on Oct. 4. The opening act is Kansas.

Tickets are $25 and will go on sale at 5 p.m. Friday at the Tupelo Coliseum Box Office and all Ticket King outlets. Credit card orders can be placed by telephone at 841-6528.

"This will be another good '70s package," said Todd Hunt, director of the Tupelo Coliseum.

In fact, ZZ Top built its reputation as a hard-driving - not to mention downright hairy - blues-rock trio beginning in 1970. Songs like "Jesus Just Left Chicago," "Francine," "Tush" and "Just Got Paid" set the Texas-based band apart from the homogenous, sanitized pop music of that era.

Thanks to MTV and several risquŽ videos, the band managed to remain relevant to the contemporary music scene all the way through the '80s.

Old-fashioned musicianship accounts for the band's continued success. Many rock critics consider Billy Gibbons to be one of the country's finest blues guitarists, while bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard provide an unbeatable rhythm section.

The band enjoyed its greatest popularity in the early- to mid-80s with singles like "Gimme All Your Lovin'," "Sharp-Dressed Man" and "Legs," all three of which gained round-the-clock MTV airplay.

Kansas, meanwhile, stormed Album-Oriented Radio in the late '70s with hits like "Dust In The Wind," "Carry On, Wayward Son" and "Point of Know Return." As art-rockers in the tradition of Yes and The Moody Blues, the Topeka-based band served as opening act on the last tour by The Doors.

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