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ZZ Top concert pictures

`ZZ Top` are a Southern / Blues Rock band from America. Here they are photographed & captured in Analog from the stage and pit area during a concert in America in 1980. For more information & to follow the band on social media use the following external links.

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ZZ Top concert photography ~ Bill O’Leary

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I photographed ZZ Top on the Deguello tour back in 1980 about 10 years after they formed in 1970. In my opinion, this was the last album of the “classic” ZZ Top period. After this album, they went on to achieve major commercial success during the MTV period with a more mechanized sound, far different than the earlier blues based rock sound.

The power trio from Texas

For about five years at this point, I had been very familiar with ZZ Top and their music, having listened to the albums Tres Hombres, Fandango and Tejas many times over during my high school years. The power trio from Texas was a great rockin’ band and known as a beer drinking and hell raising good time band.

All about the friends

On this night, I secured eight front row center reserved seats for myself and my friends, almost the entire front row at the small Capitol Theater in Passaic, New Jersey, USA. When the lights went down, the band came out and kicked off the show with “I Thank You”, a single and cover song from Deguello. I was proud to look over at my friends all having the time of their life as the show went on. One of the highlights of the night was when they played “Cheap Sunglasses”, another great song from Deguello that would become one of the bands live standards in the future. Of course they played all of the earlier hits, “Tush” and “La Grange” to name a couple. I remember having a great time at this show, everything that night was perfect, shooting the band and enjoying the company of my friends at the same time.

Location and date of these concert captures 

Capitol Theater / New Jersey / America / May 1980

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