ZZ Top have been around awhile.
Ok, so they've been around...forever. Since 1969 in fact. The band is good, classic American rock. Many of their songs are radio standards, especially "La Grange" and "Sharp Dressed Man..." but does this make them festival relevant in 2009?
Sweden Rock Festival thinks so. ZZ Top will play Sweden Rock 09, one of the biggest festivals in the world.
I guess I never really thought about ZZ Top as headlining a U.S. festival. I know the band is still quite active and performs regularly...they are just never on my radar. To be fair and completely honest, ZZ Top are not on my "ten favorite bands of all time" list. In fact, they are pretty far down that sacred list.
Since we're slowly learning of all the summer tours and festivals, I figured we might as well discuss ZZ Top. Should the band play Rocklahoma? Rock Gone Wild? South Texas Rock Fest? None of the above?
Here's my thing: Rock Gone Wild isn't pigeonholed into a single genre of rock - the acts can cross genres. South Texas is sort of like that but Rocklahoma is really heavy into the 80s thing. ZZ Top had some of the biggest hits in the 80s, so in that respect I guess it fits. Plus, UFO played last year and they formed at the end of the 1960s, too. I guess if push comes to shove, hearing "Tush" live at Rocklahoma wouldn't suck - after all, it's certainly better than Triumph.
Thoughts on the Texas boys? I've never seen ZZ Top live, so if they did headline a summer festival, that would be another band on my list!