In 1986, ZZ Top made their first live TV appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Carson introduced them as “one of the biggest single concert attractions in the country,” and also mentioned that after 16 years, this was their first time performing on live TV. The band, Carson, and the Tonight Show’s bandleader Doc Severinson had a great time during the performance with Severinson and Carson even sporting fake long beards.
They performed their classic hit Sharp Dressed Man, and with the crowd still applauding after the song, Billy Gibbons thanked them and said, “How about another one?”, and they launched into Tush.
Enjoy this look back at ZZ Top making their live TV debut in 1986 on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson!
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