ZZ Top Releasing Career-Spanning 'Goin' 50' Triple Disc Set
On August 15th, ZZ Top will celebrate a half-century of Texas-brewed rock and blues with its triple-disc career-spanning collection Goin' 50. The 51-track set includes all of ZZ Top's most beloved tracks -- including such classics as "La Grange," "Tush," "Cheap Sunglasses," "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide," "Pearl Necklace," "Gimme All Your Lovin'," "Legs," "Sleeping Bag," "Stages," "Rough Boy," and "Velcro Fly," among many others.
Also featured are two bonus tracks, "Salt Lick" and "Miller's Farm" -- a single and B-side respectively -- recorded in 1969 by the original incarnation of the band's.
Goin' 50 will also be available as a five-LP version, with an 18-track single-disc and streaming version available on June 14th.
When we last caught up with ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill, we asked him if back in 1969, he or either of his bandmates -- Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard -- could ever have conceived that they'd still be recording and on the road all these years later: "I don't think anybody knew. We hoped to do some records and do some touring. We were asked one time, I think we were together 10 years or, something like that, y'know, how that felt. I remember thinking, 'Gee, has it been 10 years? That's a long time!'"
Back in 2004, Keith Richards did the honor of inducting ZZ Top into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- and couldn't help taking a poke at their one-of-a-kind appearance: "When I first saw 'em, I thought, 'I hope these guys are not on the run, because that disguise is not gonna work, man!' You know what I mean? (laughter) 'You're busted!'"
ZZ Top kicks off its next set of dates on May 17th at Dallas' Dos Equis Pavilion. The band will be on the road this summer playing both solo dates and with special guests, Cheap Trick.