Much like a chance Willie Nelson sighting in Austin, there’s something quintessentially Houston about bumping into ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons around town. The gravel-voiced Gibbons manages to regularly pop into local music shows, bars, and restaurants — often posing for selfies and offering free industry advice.
Those not lucky enough to rub elbows with Gibbons can celebrate ZZ Top’ half-century of rockin’ at the band’s 50th Anniversary Texas Bash, which hits Houston on Saturday, May 18 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands. Joining the Texas trio are Bad Company and Cheap Trick, rounding out a classic rock power performance.
Tickets for the Houston show go on sale Friday, February 1 and are available online via LiveNation.
The band’s 50th-anniversary celebration kicks off May 17 in Dallas at Dos Equis Pavilion, followed by the May 18 Houston gig, and a May 19 appearance at the Austin360 Amphitheater. The Texas Bash concerts set the stage for ZZ Top’s anniversary tour that will see the trio jamming across North America, the UK, and select European shows throughout 2019.
As any red-blooded ZZ fan knows, Gibbons formed the trio with drummer Frank Beard and bassist-guitarist Dusty Hill around 1969. Some 50 years later, the band with the legendary beards has churned out 15 studio albums, 30 million record sales, and a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Fans can expect hits like “La Grange,” “Legs,” “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Gimme All Your Lovin.’”
“It’s been five decades, and I think we’re starting to get pretty good at this,” says Gibbons in a statement. “We’re just as excited to be back in Texas this May playing our bluesy kind of rock as when started with in ’69. The beards, Frank excepted, are perhaps a bit longer, yet nothing else has changed much and we're keeping it that way.”
ZZ Top's 50th Anniversary Texas Bash takes place Saturday, May 18 at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. 2005 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 1 at LiveNation.