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Bearded Texas rock icons ZZ Top bring superpowered new show to Dallas

Bearded Texas rock icons ZZ Top bring superpowered new show to Dallas

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Frank Beard, Bill Gibbons, and Elwood Francis (who replaces Dusty Hill) are coming to Dallas. Photo courtesy of ZZ Top

Texas classic rock fans: Time to don those cheap sunglasses and practice those air guitar skills. Legendary rockers ZZ Top are bringing their upcoming "Raw Whisky Tour" to Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas on September 24.

Tickets for the event — which will feature special guests Jeff Beck and Ann Wilson — go on sale at 12 pm Friday, June 24 at LiveNation.com.

While in Texas, they'll also head to their hometown of Houston, playing at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on September 25, and will visit the Germania Insurance Amphitheater in Del Valle, Texas (near Austin) on September 23.

Fans can expect a setlist chock full of hits that span the band’s more than 50-year career, from radio staples such as “La Grange” (a showcase of leader Billy Gibbons’ irresistible Texas blues guitar riff) and “Gimme All Your Lovin’” with its singalong chorus, to MTV favorites such as “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Legs.”

The trio has transcended music and become pop culture figures by not just producing catchy hooks and hits, but also creating memorable visuals like red-hot hotrods, an iconic logo (the keychain was a must-own in the ’80s), spinning guitars, and those trademark beards.

Musically, founding members Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard took their Dallas-to-Houston blues rock roots crafted by endless gigs and created a signature sound that put Texas on the rock map forever and eventually vaulted the three into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Hill, a Dallas native, passed away in 2021 at age 72. Fans have since embraced his replacement, Elwood Francis, who spent 30 years as a guitar tech and has even grown a ZZ-worthy beard of his own since the pandemic.

Boasting no shortage of hits himself, Beck brings a catalog of guitar-laden hits to bear. Wilson, meanwhile, is considered one of rock’s grand dames as a founding member of acclaimed duo Heart, the band she started with her sister, Nancy.