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The Barbee Family Collection - ZZ Top’s First Annual Barn Dance and Barbecue (1974)

Becky Lawry

Silent | 1974

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On September 1, 1974, Texas rock band ZZ Top headlined a music festival at the University of Texas’ Memorial Stadium in Austin. With a lineup including Santana, Joe Cocker, and Bad Company featuring Jimmy Page, the concert reportedly became the largest one-day musical event in Texas history to that point. While the festival was advertised as “ZZ Top’s First Annual Texas Size Rompin’ Stompin’ Barn Dance and Bar B Q,” there was to be no second. Some 80,000 concertgoers braved the 91-degree heat to attend, overrunning security measures and destroying the stadium. (The most serious damage included large burns to the newly installed AstroTurf field, to the extreme dismay of Head Coach Darrell Royal. Another rock band would not play at the stadium until The Eagles in 1995.) Nevertheless, the concert became one of ZZ Top’s most memorable performances. This 1970s home movie captures the crowded scene at the festival, as hordes of people pack into the stadium for the show. Back at home, the Barbee family plays outside and watches a baseball game.
Formed in Houston, Texas, in 1969, ZZ Top is an American rock band composed of bassist and lead vocalist Dusty Hill, guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons, and drummer Frank Beard. The Texas trio has released 15 studio albums and received numerous awards, including being named Official Texas Heroes by the Texas House of Representatives in 1986 and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.