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April 1, 2007

ZZ Top band at ’71 prom

By Tommy Mann Jr.

The Orange Leader



The Texas rock trio ZZ Top will perform in concert Saturday at Ford Pavilion in Beaumont for the second time in three years.

The band holds the record for the largest attendance total for a paid concert in the Golden Triangle; more than 14,000 people turned out for the band’s 2004 performance.

However, it wasn’t always glitz, glamour and glory for this “Little ol’ band from Texas.” The trio had to start out just like any other band does, performing shows on the local and regional tour circuit.

This included a performance in 1971 at the Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School prom, which was the first prom of the newly combined school district.

“I was a sophomore that year they played at our school,” said Nancy (Dunn) Melancon. “I just remember not being very impressed with their music back then. We left before they finished playing.”

Melancon said the ZZ Top performance at the Jack Tar House was her first actual live concert experience and remembers the music being very loud.

“It was several years later, after the band had become pretty popular, when I realized it was the same group which had played our prom,” she said laughing. “We just couldn’t believe it was really them and how popular they had become.”

Kent Crow was a graduate from the first class of seniors at LC-M High School.

“We signed a contract with them to play our prom early in the school year, something like October, because that is how you had to do it back then,” Crow said. “They had just released their first album, and they had a song on the radio. Anyway, the band tried to get out of the contract because they were making more money at that time than what was agreed to on the contract, but we held them to the contract and they played the show.”

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