THE ZZ TOPS were formed in 2007 to celebrate the music and career of one of the greatest rock n' roll bands of all time. Comprising of FRANKS WEIRD on Drums, DUSTY THRILLS on Bass Guitar and the REV BILLY F BIGGUNS on Guitar ,That lil ol band from Devon nails the look, the sound and the overall vibe of the Texas Trio with the beards, the cheap sunglasses, the fuzzy guitars, the outfits, and all the moves!!


THEIR SHOWS place great emphasis on ZZ TOPS actual LIVE performances thus creating the most dynamic stage show, packed full of brilliantly played classics from the early 70s and 80s, through to the new releases of today. In 2008 they had the opportunity to meet their heroes in the flesh and show them what they'd been doing. Billy Gibbons of ZZ TOP commented It`s the closest I've seen! Praise indeed! Recent gigs have included the London Motor Show at the London Excel Arena, Music Live at the Birmingham NEC and The Sail,Boat and Powerboat Show at London's Earl's Court!

Don't miss out when this show comes to town and don't forget your cheap sunglasses!
 

When formed at the end of 2007, THE ZZ TOPS represented a bold new direction for those involved. All had enjoyed successful playing careers but the call of the Texas Sound brought them together in what they intended to be the definitive tribute to ZZ top.
It's no easy feat to emulate the sight, sound and perhaps even more importantly, the spirit of the long-running original, but THE ZZ TOPS pays tribute to ZZ TOP by successfully capturing all these ingredients in a fast-moving, power-packed stage show. The Tops best-known numbers are delivered in typically hard-hitting manner, providing a crowd-pleasing performance guaranteed to excite even the most apathetic audience!
Simply put, THE ZZ TOPS is loud, lively and a whole lot of fun. Just like the real thing in fact - which of course is what being the best ZZ TOP tribute band around is all about!

Sadly Nick Ryan of the ZZ Tops died in 2018 following a stroke some years earlier. The AC DC Tribute Livewire posted the following on their web site:-

 

Life on the road is often tough. What helps is the camaraderie that you share with not only your band mates and crew but everyone else you meet! For around a four year period we toured extensively with Nik, Colin and Jonesey AKA the ZZ Tops. These guys were not only a fantastic tribute to ZZ Top they were absolutely fantastic people and we shared night after night of successful shows with the after show parties being just as impressive.

Leading the band was Nik Ryan. So its sad to hear of Niks passing after battling so stoically with the stroke that laid him low some three years ago. Nik was a force of nature! A hugely talented guitarist and musician, family man and gregarious social nucleus. He just rubbed off on you, always positive and humble.

Were thankful to have known you Nik and in sadness can still draw fond and happy memories which makes right now so bitter sweet. Rest in Peace Nik. To Sarah and family we are so sorry to hear the news and were thinking of you along with Colin, Matty and their families at this difficult time. See you all very soon.

L/W

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