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ZZ Top tribute band Eliminator set to rock Twilight Alive

Rebekah Wilson • May 31, 2013 at 6:25 AM

ZZ Top tribute band Eliminator will rock Broad Street on Thursday, June 6 as part of downtown Kingsport’s Twilight Alive summer concert series.

Show time is 7 p.m.

Members of the Kansas City-based band almost perfectly emulate the real ZZ Top’s sound and style, right down to the beards of Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill and the mustache of Frank Beard.

“We all had a deep passion for ZZ Top,” said Eliminator’s D.W. D’Wood. “It was kind of an attraction to the American style of three-piece music ... It’s raw American blues.”

Eliminator has been recreating ZZ Top’s electric Texas blues since 2005, playing between 25 and 35 shows a year.“Eliminator is the exclusive national touring concert experience to ZZ Top... There’s a lot of tribute bands out there, but nobody travels like we do or does the type of shows we do,” D’Wood said.

Members include D’Wood (guitar, vocals) from Kansas City, Kan.; Chris Nazz (drums, vocals) from Buffalo, N. Y.; and Bobby K (bass, vocals) from the San Francisco Bay area in California.

“We came from all different corners of the U.S. to be a band,” said D’Wood, who describes ZZ Top’s sound as having Texas, gospel and psychedelic influences and as country rock lending itself to the blues.

“That’s what we emulate,” he said.

Eliminator boasts an authentic replica of ZZ Top’s stage, and uses the same speakers, guitars and microphones. D’Wood said Nazz’s drum kit and equipment recreates the exact drum tones that Beard recorded with.

“We spend a lot of time being as close to ZZ Top as possible,” he said.

Eliminator plays a variety of ZZ Top’s hits, including “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Cheap Sunglasses,” “La Grange” and “Gimme All Your Lovin’.”

ZZ Top produced 11 gold and platinum albums as well as 18 American Top 40 hits. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

“They’re really well-respected worldwide,” said D’Wood.

The name Eliminator comes from ZZ Top’s 1983 album “Eliminator,” which sold 10 million copies in the U.S. and received Diamond certification from the Recording Industry Association of America.

D’Wood said he and Eliminator’s other members have met ZZ Top twice.

“Beard said it was the best impersonation they had ever seen,” D’Wood said.

Eliminator has opened for Ted Nugent, 38 Special, Molly Hatchet and more.

“If you know what ZZ Top looks like and sounds like, you’ll like our show,” said D’Wood.

Twilight Alive will continue Thursdays on Broad Street through September. Admission is free. Bring a lawn chair but leave the coolers and pets at home.For more information about Eliminator, visit the band’s website at www.eliminatortribute.com. To find out more about the concert series, visit www.twilightalive.com.

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