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The Barbee Family Collection - ZZ Top's Worldwide Texas Tour (1977)

Becky Lawry

Silent | 1977

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  •  Jay Boy Adams opens the show 
  •  Bassist and lead vocalist Dusty Hill, left, and guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons, right, take the stage. Drummer Frank Beard performs off camera.  
  •  Guitar solo 
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This home movie captures Texas rock band ZZ Top performing live at the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene on December 29, 1977, as part of their Worldwide Texas Tour. Jay Boy Adams opens the show. Launched in support of their 1975 album, Fandango!, the Worldwide Texas Tour was ZZ Top’s most elaborately staged yet. In addition to a 35-ton stage in the shape of the Lone Star State, the band also brought along a menagerie of wild animals, including a buffalo, a Longhorn, rattlesnakes, tarantulas, and six buzzards (all named Oscar). Abilene was one of the last stops of the Worldwide Texas Tour, which began in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the previous May. The tour lasted 18 months, including five legs and 96 shows. ZZ Top even recorded and released another album, Tejas, in between engagements. By its conclusion, the Worldwide Texas Tour had sold over 1.2 million tickets.
Formed in Houston, Texas, in 1969, ZZ Top is an American rock band composed of bassist and lead vocalist Dusty Hill, guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons, and drummer Frank Beard. The Texas trio has released 15 studio albums and received numerous awards, including being named Official Texas Heroes by the Texas House of Representatives in 1986 and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.