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ZZ Top will be the eighth and final show this year at Ironstone Amphitheatre in Murphys. The legendary rockers take the stage Friday night.
The Texas trio — Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard — were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
The band is known for their instantly recognizable hits such as “Legs,” “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Gimmie All Your Lovin,’ ” along with their signature look of beards and sunglasses.
Earlier this month, the band released their latest album, “Live: Greatest Hits From Around the World.” Songs include “Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers” live from Las Vegas, “Cheap Sunglasses” live from Paris, and “Tush” live from Chicago.
It was in Houston in 1969 that ZZ Top coalesced from the core of two rival bands, Billy’s Moving Sidewalks and Frank and Dusty’s American Blues.
The new group went on to record the appropriately titled “ZZ Top’s First Album” and “Rio Grande Mud” that reflected their strong blues roots. Their third album, 1973’s “Tres Hombres,” catapulted them to national attention with the hit “La Grange,” still one of the band’s signature pieces today.
The band’s momentum and success built during its first decade, culminating in the legendary “World Wide Texas Tour,” a production that included a longhorn steer, a buffalo, buzzards, rattlesnakes and a Texas-shaped stage.
Following a lengthy hiatus during which the individual members of the band traveled the world, they switched labels and returned with two albums, “Deguello” and “El Loco.” Their next release, “Eliminator,” was something of a paradigm shift for the band. Their roots blues was intact, but added to the mix were tech-age trappings that soon found a visual outlet with MTV. Suddenly, the trio were icons, playing in videos that showcased the album’s smash singles.
The melding of grungy guitar-based blues with synth-pop was seamless and continued with the follow-up album “Afterburner” as they continued their chart juggernaut.
They stayed with Warner for one more album, “Recycler,” released in 1990 and switched to RCA, where they debuted with “Antenna” and followed with “Rhythmeen,” “XXX” and “Mescalero.” In addition, the band has released numerous greatest hits compilations and box sets.
In 2012, ZZ Top unveiled “La Futura,” their first studio album in nine years. Produced by Rick Rubin and Billy Gibbons, and released on American Recordings, it reflected the solid blues inspiration that has powered the band since the very beginning. The album included the hit song “I Gotsta Get Paid.” The music video for that song has tallied nearly 12 million views on YouTube.
Originally, Gregg Allman was booked to open Friday’s show. However, after he canceled due to health issues, Kenny Wayne Shepherd was announced as his replacement.
At 16 years old, Shepherd signed his first record deal and burst onto the national scene with the release of his 1995 debut album, “Ledbetter Heights,” which produced the radio hits “Deja Voodoo,” “Born With a Broken Heart” and “Shame, Shame, Shame.” His relentless touring and success on rock radio helped the album go platinum. His 1998 sophomore effort, “Trouble Is…” also went platinum, yielding such radio hits as “Blue on Black,” “True Lies” and “Somehow, Somewhere, Someway.”
More recently, in 2014 Shepherd released “Goin’ Home,” his sixth No. 1 debut on the Billboard blues charts. That album includes “I Love the Life I Live” featuring Joe Walsh and Kim Wilson, “Cut You Loose” featuring Ringo Starr, and “Born Under a Bad Sign” featuring Keb Mo and the Rebirth Brass Band.
• What: ZZ Top with Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
• When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
• Where: Ironstone Amphitheatre, 1894 Six Mile Rd., Murphys.
• Tickets: $50 to $245.
• Info: ironstoneamphitheatre.net