ZZ Top has always sort of played by the numbers, but they've been impressive numbers that have translated into phenomenal rock 'n' roll success and longevity.
"Same three guys, right here," Billy Gibbons once told a concert crowd. "Same three guys, right here. And we've been doing it for 40 years."
The bluesy Texas trio comprised of singer-guitarist Gibbons and his bearded doppelganger, bass player Dusty Hill, and essentially clean-shaven drummer Frank Beard, has been cranking out gritty rock since 1969. (Hill actually joined a year later.) They hit their commercial peak during the MTV video era with such massive hits as "Sharp-Dressed Man," "Gimme All Your Lovin'" and "Legs," but they're still a big concert draw thanks to really fun and energetic shows and Gibbons' fiery guitar solos.
They're playing Saturday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa with Kid Rock, the multi-Grammy-winning rapper, rocker and country artist. He's the headliner, though ZZ Top is probably still just as big a concert draw as Rock.
Uncle Kracker, another rap-rocker who's turned to country music, is also on the bill.
Other than the lineup, the coolest thing about the show is the price. Kid Rock has struck a deal with Live nation, with this and other venues on the this tour, to offer affordable tickets, and reduced prices on everything from beer to t-shirts.
Details: 6:45 p.m. Sept. 15, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301, Tampa. Tickets: $29 (including a $4 parking fee). Information: 813-740-2446, www.livenation.com.