What do you do to follow up the biggest hit album of your career? Umm, try to replicate it, right? That is exactly what ZZ Top did with Afterburner. It really was Eliminator Part II. The synthesizer driven period continued with it’s release in the fall of ’85. Afterburner was a another huge commercial success featuring the hits, Sleeping Bag, Velcro Fly, Can’t Stop Rockin’, Rough Boy, and Stages. On June 3, 1986, that “lil’ ol’ band from Texas” made their 5th appearance at the Civic Center bringing their futuristic melding of blues guitar and dance beats to the stage for a sold-out show. Two beards and a Beard, the music they made in the 80s defined the decade for many (including this guy) as significantly as Michael, Prince and Madonna.

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Check out this rare footage from the Afterburner Tour!