JOTW Rock and Roll Trivia Question for December 15, 2008

Q. Don Thelan's Buffalo Motor Cars chopped a 1933 Ford (with a 350-cid Chevy V-8 with a Camaro Z-28 hydraulic cam, a polished intake manifold with a single four-barrel carb, and a Turbo 350 transmission) which appeared in several videos for this still-touring-after-45-years band.

A. Billy Gibbons' ZZ Top Eliminator hot rod, now legendary after appearing in several rock music videos, can be seen on the cover of ZZ Top's multiplatinum 1983 album Eliminator, and in-person at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame today. The band is still composed of its original recording members – Billy Gibbons (vocals, guitar), Dusty Hill (lead vocals, bass, keyboards), and Frank Beard (drums, percussion) – since forming in 1969. Beard is the only member without a chest-length beard.

3 Comments to "JOTW Rock and Roll Trivia Question for December 15, 2008"

  1. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    December 15, 2008 - 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Capt Ned, your math threw me! I had the correct answer of ZZ Top in mind immediately when you described the car…but then read the assertion that this band had 45+ years together. Knowing that ZZ couldn't have more than 40 at the most, I had to wonder which band of the early 60's had the same car.

  2. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    December 16, 2008 - 1:27 am | Permalink

    You are correct. I thought I had fixed that to say 40 years, since the band came together in 1969. My bad.

  3. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    December 16, 2008 - 10:17 pm | Permalink

    No worries…in fact, I must add the reason I knew when ZZ Top was formed. While a young Marine 2ndLt in 1997, I found myself in New Orleans for the Packers-Patriots Super Bowl. I managed to score a ticket to see my favorite group, the one and only Allman Brothers Band, at the House of Blues, and stood in front of the stage with my jaw open the whole time. For the encore, who should join them but all of ZZ Top! I don't recall what they played, but there were some sick jams. I later wondered which group was senior, and learned that both bands formed the same year, 1969.

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