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Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top Bring Southern Licks With A Side Of Texas Blues

Posted by Andrew on August 8th, 2012 in Concerts, General

Southern Licks and a Texas Fix: Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top

Two of the most iconic bands from the 70′s, one from south Florida the other from deep in the heart of Texas, Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top will bring classic songs as well as lots of guitars to the Comcast Center on September 8th. Both bands are world renowned for the massive rock and roll hits they’ve had. Lynyrd Skynyrd began in Jacksonville, Florida and are considered the forefront of Southern Rock. Songs such as “Sweet Home Alabama”, “Gimme Back My Bullets”, “What’s Your Name” and of course “Free Bird” are staples in American classic rock radio as well as any guitar fanatics catalog. The band suffered a tragic loss in 1977 when their airplane crashed and many of the founding members, including lead vocalist Ronnie Van Zandt, died on impact. The band reformed ten years later with Ronnie’s younger brother, Johnny Van Zandt handling vocal duties. Although only one original band member remains, guitarist Gary Rossington, the band has continued to release new material including this years Last of a Dyin’ Breed. They continue to excite fans with their excellent tribute to the old catalog and their triple threat of guitars.

What can you say about ZZ Top that hasn’t already been said? Based out of Houston, Texas, Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard have been playin’ the blues for over 40 years. They have been inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and have released numerous albums since 1969. Billy Gibbons is know for his unique guitar tone and vocal style and their blend of Blues Rock can be heard in such famous songs as “Tush”, “La Grange” “Jesus Just Left Chicago” and “Cheap Sunglasses”. In 1983 they released one of their most successful albums, Eliminator which saw the band embracing the use of synthesizers and other fairly new musical equipment for the time. It turned out to be for their benefit, the songs “Gimme All Your Lovin’”, “Sharp Dressed Man”, and “Legs” were successful on radio as well as on MTV. The band is gearing up to release a new album entitled  La Futura, produced by Rick Rubin. The album is planned to be released on September 11 of this year, just a few days after they rock at the Comcast Center.

Be sure to grab seats for this concert of classics right here!

Here’s Lynyrd Skynyrd in 2007 playing “That Smell”.

Here’s ZZ Top from 1980 rockin’ out “Cheap Sunglasses”

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