Toyota Oakdale Theatre | Wallingford, Connecticut
Classic rock fans in Connecticut better get ready this summer because sharp-dressed men are coming! Wallingford’s iconic entertainment destination will host a special one-night show featuring rock and roll legends ZZ Top! The highly-anticipated concert is another installment to the band’s massive outing titled the Raw Whisky Tour! Their coveted performance in Connecticut will fall on Wednesday, 30th August 2023, and fans better be prepared for an epic night of timeless blues-rock hits, such as “Tush,” “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Sharp-Dressed Man,” and many more! ZZ Top has been pretty busy for the better part of 2022 and 2023 as they embarked on a headlining tour with another rock legend, Lynyrd Skynard. But this summer, the illustrious trio from Houston will be going solo and fulfilling their dates as headliners! So if you love ZZ Top’s brand of blues and southern rock staples, then you better score tickets now to see them light up the Toyota Oakdale Theatre!
Texas hometown heroes ZZ Top has been an iconic force in Southern blues rocks since the ‘70s. The band comprising Billy Gibbons, Frank Beard, and the late Dusty Hill, blessed fans with iconic hits derived from their career-spanning albums. In 1973, the band made their first breakthrough with Tres Hombres. The album entered the Billboard 200, peaking at number 8. The highly-acclaimed record, which was later certified gold in the U.S, and Canada, spawned the mega-hit “La Grange,” which entered the Top 50 of the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at number 24 and 33 on the U.S Cash Box and Record World.
After their phenomenal breakthrough, ZZ Top released their follow-up effort, Fandango! Maintaining the band’s top 10 streaks on the Billboard 200, the album featured the highly-celebrated hit “Tush.” The single soared to number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it their highest-charting song on the chart during the ‘70s.
In the late 70s, the band released several more Hot 100 hits, like “It’s Only Love,” “ Arrest for Driving While Blind,” and “Enhoy and Get It On.” These singles were featured in the band’s fifth studio album, Tejas, which is Spanish for their home state, Texas. After the successful promotion of the album, ZZ Top took a two-year hiatus before coming out with another record. In 1979, the band went back to recording music and released the platinum-certified record Deguello.
Just when fans thought that ZZ Top was at their prime during the ‘70s, the band’s popularity blew up in the next decade. In 1983, they released their best-selling effort, Eliminator, which is certified Diamond in the U.S. Peaking at number 9 on the Billboard 200, Eliminator spawned several hits, including “Gimme All Your Lovin’” and “Sharp Dressed Man,” The album reportedly sold over 11 million copies in the U.S., making it one of the best-selling rock albums of the decade. Throughout the ‘80s, the band dropped several more critically-acclaimed efforts, such as Recylcer, Antenna, and Afterburner – all earning platinum status in the U.S.
In 2019, the band released a Netflix Documentary special titled Little Ol’ Band from Texas. The film contains numerous old footage of the band and tells the story of how three teenage bluesmen became members of the world's most influential and lovable rock band. It was the last project ZZ Top worked on before the passing of their bassist, Dusty Hill.
Catch ZZ Top this summer by scoring tickets to their show at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre!