Don’t Miss ZZ Top at The Grandstand 9/2


The one and only ZZ Top will be taking over The Grandstand at The Minnesota State Fair on Monday, September 2nd. 

ZZ Top – Billy F. Gibbons, Dusty Hall and Frank Beard – lays undisputed claim to being the longest-running major rock band with original personnel intact, and in 2004, the Texas trio was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 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 reflecting its strong blues roots. The group’s third album, 1973’s Tres Hombres, catapulted it to national attention with the hit “La Grange,” still one of the band’s signature pieces. Following a lengthy hiatus, the band returned with albums Deguello and El Loco. Its next release, Eliminator, highlighted three smash singles: “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Legs.” The group continues to release music, and when it comes to the live experience, the trio’s still got it. ZZ Top’s music is instantly recognizable, eminently powerful and profoundly soulful. The band has sold millions of records over the course of its career and is a true rock icon.

As if seeing ZZ Top wasn’t enough reason to check out this show, let’s add the fact that Cheap Trick will be opening up the night. Robin Zander (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar) and Tom Petersson (bass guitar) are part of the very fiber of American music, inspiring and delighting generations with their unique union of massive melodies and razorblade riffs, their own special brand of mischievous wit and maximum rock ‘n’ roll. Since the 1970s, they’ve been blending elements of pop, punk and metal in a way that is instantly catchy and recognizable. With timeless classics such as “I Want You to Want Me” and “Surrender,” Cheap Trick, now with drummer Daxx Nielsen, is a musical institution. The Rockford, Ill., band is as vital today as ever, having released three records in the last three years: 2016’s Bang, Zoom, Crazy…Hello and 2017’s We’re All Alright! and Christmas Christmas, along with touring relentlessly to packed audiences around the world. 2016 saw Cheap Trick’s long-awaited induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The induction honored both the band and the pioneering sound that has earned them group total record sales in excess of 20 million and more than 40 international Gold and Platinum certifications. 2017’s We’re All Alright! was yet another undisputed triumph for the band as the album’s first single, “Long Time Coming,” enjoyed an unprecedented run of 18 weeks at No. 1 on the Mediabase Classic Rock chart.

Tickets are still available HERE!

ZZ Top 50th Anniversary Tour
Aug. 16 – Ridgefield, WA – Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre
Aug. 17 – Airway Heights, WA – Northern Quest Casino Theater
Aug. 20 – Yakima, WA – Yakima Valley SunDome
Aug. 21 – Woodinville, WA – Chateau Ste. Michelle
Aug. 23 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
Aug. 24 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
Aug. 25 – Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheatre
Aug. 27 – Santa Barbara, CA – Arlington Theater
Aug. 28 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
Aug. 29 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
Sept. 1 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
Sept. 4 — Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Pavilion
Sept. 6 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sept. 7 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sept. 8 – Sterling Heights, MI–Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom Hill
Sept. 10 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center at The Heights
Sept. 11 – Burgettstown, PA – KeyBank Pavilion
Sept. 13 – Ocean City, MD – Ocean City BikeFest
Sept. 14 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Sept. 18 – Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
Sept. 19 — Wantagh. NY — Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Sept. 21 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
Sept. 22 – Louisville, KY – Champions Park
Oct. 5 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
Oct. 6 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Oct. 9 – Charleston, SC – Volvo Cars Stadium
Oct. 11 – Cherokee, NC – Harrah’s Cherokee – Event Center
Oct. 12 — Manchester, TN – Exit 111 Festival
Oct. 13 – Alpharetta, GA – Verizon Amphitheatre
Oct. 15 – Augusta, GA – The James Brown Arena
Oct. 16 —St. Augustine, FL — St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Oct. 18 — Estero FL – Hertz Arena
Oct. 19 – Tampa, FL – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
Oct. 20 — West Palm Beach, FL — Coral Sky Amphitheatre*