The Time ZZ Top Christened Joel Osteen's Church

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"ZZ walks out and Jesus walks in."

16 years ago in November, that was verbatim Billy Gibbons’ pastoral introduction as ZZ Top played the last performance ever at the Texas concert venue, The Summit (also known as The Compaq Center).

With the stage being sold to pastor Joel Osteen in his plans to transform the place into his Lakewood Church, truly there was no better rock band that could have delivered the Summit a sacred send off then the blues brothers. 

The Houston-native Gibbons and Dusty Hill from the “Little Ol’ Band From Texas,” were no strangers to the scene, having played over 23 concerts at the venue, some performances extending into a two-night hometown hoot of a show. 

Gibbons elaborated to Best Classic Bands, “The home shows are the fun shows. You get to show off in front of your buddies, new girlfriends, old girlfriends, girlfriends you wish you had.” 

The ZZ Trio first played the venue on November 25, 1975 and continued to perform there over thirty times, becoming the venue's most-played musician, from ringing in the new year with their fans on December 31, 1999 to wrapping their Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers tour at the Compaq in 2003.  

Before ZZ Top's flourished its finale, The Summit was a renowned Houston household for many notoriously classic rock musicians, including Bruce Springsteen, Tool, The Who, Kiss, Parliament-Funkadelic and many more.

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