ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band from Texas (2019)
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ZZ TOP: THAT LITTLE OL’ BAND FROM TEXAS tells the story of how three oddball
teenage bluesmen - Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard – became one of the
biggest, most beloved bands on the planet, all while maintaining a surrealist mystique
that continues to intrigue fans and entice onlookers 50 years after the band’s inception.
Buoyed by candid band interviews, never-before-seen archive, animation, celebrity fan
testimonials (Billy Bob Thornton, Joshua Homme and more), and an intimate
performance at the legendary Gruene Hall shot exclusively for this documentary, “That
Little Ol’ Band” runs the gamut, from the absurd to the poignant, from squalid Texas
bars to MTV heroics, all in celebration of this notoriously private, but larger than life,
power trio. In the end, ZZ TOP: THAT LITTLE OL’ BAND FROM TEXAS unravels the
extraordinary tale of a band whose image we know, but whose story we don’t.
Today’s line-up of ZZ Top was codified a half century ago when guitarist Billy Gibbons,
who had been part of The Moving Sidewalks, Houston’s groundbreaking psychedelic
band, joined forces with drummer Frank Beard. The band, conceived as a trio, needed
a bass player and Beard suggested they see if Dusty Hill might be a good fit. Beard was
more than familiar with Hill insofar as they had played together previously in The
American Blues, a Dallas-based blues rock outfit known for dying their hair blue and
incurring the ire of motel managers who had to deal with blue stained pillowcases the
morning after the band checked out. Dusty immediately locked in with Billy and Frank
and today’s ZZ Top was born.
Rock and Roll history ensued with massive album sales, including the Platinum-certified
(10 million sold) Eliminator album and international hit singles including “La Grange,”
“Tush,” “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Legs” and others. The
group’s career highlights include induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Keith
Richards of the Rolling Stones and being named Official Heroes of the State of Texas.
Over the years, their hallmark beards (on Dusty and Billy; Frank’s is in name only) have
become among rock’s most recognized visual cues while generations have come to
appreciate the musicianship, tenacity and humor that are all hallmarks of “That Little Ol’
Band From Texas” who enduring presence has been encapsulated in the catch phrase:
“the same three guys playing the same three chords.”
Director: Sam Dunn
Writers: Ralph Chapman, Sam Dunn | 1 more credit
Stars: Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard
Genre: Documentary, Biography, Music
Running Time: 1h, 31min
Doors open 1 hour prior to showtime.
Event is in the Main Theater with balcony and floor seating. The top tier of the Main Theater floor is wheelchair accessible.
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