June 3, 2003
ZZ TOP to perform at Corvette 50th Anniversary celebration
Detroit, Michigan – Chevrolet announced that ZZ TOP will perform on June 28, 2003 in Nashville as part of the official Corvette 50th Anniversary Celebration.
“A performance by ZZ TOP completes our already impressive list of activities and entertainment,” said Rick Baldick, Corvette marketing director. “We can’t think of a better way to celebrate 50 years of Corvette being an American automotive icon than by having an American rock icon such as ZZ TOP be our closing act.”
ZZ TOP, aka “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas” has performed together for a remarkable 34 years – the band lays undisputed claim to being the longest running major American rock band with original personnel intact. Founded in Houston in the waning days of 1969, ZZ TOP formed from the core of two rival bands. ZZ TOP’s first release came out in 1970. “Tres Hombres”, the band’s third album and its first platinum release debuted in 1973 and catapulted the band into national attention with the hit “La Grange”, still one of the band’s signature pieces.
ZZ TOP’s breakthrough album “Eliminator”, released in 1983 was one of the first albums to receive the Recording Industry Association of America’s Diamond Award in recognition of domestic sales in excess of 10 million copies. Fueled by a series of memorable videos, the album provided several international hit singles, including “Gimme All Your Lovin”, “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Legs”. The band is currently in the midst of their 2003 nationwide tour.
“For 34 of the 50 years that Corvettes have been rolling, ZZ TOP has been rocking,” commented Billy F Gibbons, ZZ TOP guitarist and well-known auto enthusiast. “We can’t wait to get back to Nashville for this party of a lifetime,” Gibbons continued.
Admission to the ZZ TOP concert is included in the purchase of a ticket for the June 27 – 28 Corvette 50th Anniversary celebration taking place at The Coliseum (home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans) in Nashville. Tickets can be purchased at www.corvette50th.com; by calling 866-526-7838; or at The Coliseum on June 27 and 28.
As many as 15,000 Corvette owners and enthusiasts are expected to attend the celebration. Activities include: car displays, parades, technical seminars, restoration clinics, heritage displays, racing exhibits, and elements from the Chevy Rock & Roll Tour.
Nashville is only 60 miles from the National Corvette Museum and the Corvette manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The National Corvette Museum is organizing a caravan of approximately 5,000 Corvettes to be driven from every state into Bowling Green prior to the activities in Nashville.
Updated information about the Corvette 50th Anniversary Celebration can be found at www.corvette50th.com. Caravan information can be found at www.nationalcorvettecaravan.com.