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Billy Gibbons is the bearded lead guitarist for blues/rock band ZZ Top.
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Their 1981 album, El Loco, featured three hit songs but still proved to be only a warm-up for the next one: Eliminator.
Eliminator came out in 1983 and hit several genre charts with an array of songs, propelled by added exposure for the singles on MTV. The album sold 10 million copies and paved the way for Afterburner, which also was a commercial success (although on not such a grand scale) and rose to near the top of the charts.
Six more albums followed, but none could ever reach the heights attained by Eliminator. The band continues to record and play, and Billy Gibbons individually has had some interesting events to add to his resume. He played on Conan O'Brien's last show on NBC in 2010 (with Will Ferrell, among others), has had a recurring role on TV's Bones and has launched a line of hot/barbecue sauces called BFG Brand.
He has also kept very busy musically, playing with the likes of the Raconteurs, Jeff Beck, Kid Rock and Queens of the Stone Age.
In 2004, ZZ Top was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2006 Gibbons married longtime girlfriend Gilligan Stillwater. In 2011, Gibbons was ranked at number 32 on Rolling Stone's list of top 100 guitarists of all time.
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