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ludwigdrummer1966 08-28-2010 11:55 PM

Frank Beard
 
A truly remarkable,talented drummer...I have been studying his style for 30 years!!!!!

Bernhard 08-29-2010 12:26 AM

Re: Frank Beard
 
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Originally Posted by ludwigdrummer1966 (Post 738574)
A truly remarkable,talented drummer...I have been studying his style for 30 years!!!!!

Yes, of course...

http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Frank_Beard.html

Bernhard

Swiss Matthias 08-29-2010 12:28 AM

Re: Frank Beard
 
...is the only member of ZZ Top with no beard. :)

ludwigdrummer1966 08-29-2010 12:43 AM

Re: Frank Beard
 
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Originally Posted by Bernhard (Post 738585)

Thank You sir,this will be extremely helpful as we play all ZZ Top...Some of his licks amaze me still to this day...I have dissected songs and have studied his remarkable dynamics...He is my fav!!!!

Ian Williams 08-29-2010 02:40 AM

Re: Frank Beard
 
Frank is a drummer with an unusual rock licks, groove, style which makes him interesting to follow up. In addition, he has an outstanding career with ZZ Top. Like those albums Terminator, Afterburner...

Bernhard 08-29-2010 12:30 PM

Re: Frank Beard
 
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Originally Posted by Ian Williams (Post 738620)
Frank is a drummer with an unusual rock licks, groove, style which makes him interesting to follow up. In addition, he has an outstanding career with ZZ Top. Like those albums Terminator, Afterburner...

yes, take the intro "La Grange" - starts after 35 seconds approx....

http://www.drummerworld.com/Sound/fr...rdlagrange.mp3

Bernhard

Morbid Koala 10-04-2010 04:53 AM

Re: Frank Beard
 
The drum fills that lead into the choruses of 'Just Got Paid' pretty much sum up the essence of the groove and style that this guy harnesses; in the pocket every time and every roll is right there.

Can't speak for his 80's output since I never really checked it out. Their first couple of albums were just enough for me, right up to Deguello.

GRUNTERSDAD 10-04-2010 05:24 AM

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...is the only member of ZZ Top with no beard. :)

Maybe a little .......

Swiss Matthias 10-04-2010 09:42 AM

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Maybe a little .......

Alright... :). But there is a certain discrepancy.

larryace 10-04-2010 03:59 PM

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He should change his name to Frank Beard-less.
Much respect to Frank. His ride cymbal volume on his Texas shuffle (like on LaGrange) in relation to the rest of the kit is something I always strive for. If I hadn't heard him do it, my Texas shuffle wouldn't sound nearly as good. So I guess he's an influence.

inneedofgrace 01-26-2011 07:32 PM

Re: Frank Beard
 
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Originally Posted by Bernhard (Post 738585)

Did you notice in the Gimme All Your Lovin' video that the price of gas was $1.18 a gallon?

I just bought ZZTop's Texas concert DVD and I saw a first - a drum rack on a shock absorber system - it was awesome! Don't know if it actually functions or if it was just for show, but it was cool looking.

bonzolead 01-26-2011 07:57 PM

Re: Frank Beard
 
"Heard it on the X" is still one of my fav ZZ-Top grooves.

Bonzolead

DangerousDave 03-14-2011 02:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Swiss Matthias (Post 751191)
Alright... :). But there is a certain discrepancy.

I'm always having a hard time trying to figure out which one is Billy and which one is Dusty :D

Hellwyck 03-14-2011 03:02 PM

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Originally Posted by DangerousDave (Post 814078)
I'm always having a hard time trying to figure out which one is Billy and which one is Dusty :D

Billy - Guitars
Dusty - Bass

Dusty's on the left on that photo

Hellwyck 03-14-2011 03:06 PM

Re: Frank Beard
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Swiss Matthias (Post 738586)
...is the only member of ZZ Top with no beard. :)

The band started clean shaven.

DangerousDave 03-14-2011 04:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Hellwyck (Post 814083)
Billy - Guitars
Dusty - Bass

Dusty's on the left on that photo

I know what instruments they're playing, but they're so look alike :D

Thanks, I thought Dusty was the left one :)

Bo Eder 03-14-2011 05:59 PM

Re: Frank Beard
 
Love that guy and the band. I had an audition with a southern rock band once, and I spent a whole day learning that opening lick in La Grange (and the other two fills in the song for authenticity). Not easy. In the '80s when he played 20" and 18" bass drums, he was one of my influences to go to a 20". Up until that time I was convinced by marketing that two 24" were the only way to go!

Hellwyck 03-14-2011 06:43 PM

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Originally Posted by DangerousDave (Post 814117)
I know what instruments they're playing, but they're so look alike :D

Dusty sometimes plays guitar.
Dusty has lighter sandy hair, Billy's is redder.
Billy Gibbons wears a frilly type beanie hat, Dusty wears more Stetsons.

Jack Boyd 08-30-2011 07:01 AM

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Check out Frank's current kit:

latzanimal 08-30-2011 09:44 AM

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^^^ John Douglas has been painting Frank's kits for the last 25 years. John is an incredible painter.. Not to mention all of the other artists' he's worked with.....

http://www.johndouglas.com/drums.html

resohead 02-21-2012 10:26 PM

Re: Frank Beard
 
Frank, even on songs like Heard it on the X, looks so laid back and relaxed. So smooth, nothing to it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPAR2zSV84I

JRannefeld 02-21-2012 10:53 PM

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Early ZZ Top and Frank Beard was a huge influence on me. I'll never forget hearing this song for the first time cranked up on a juke box in my home town.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kx-RfuN9hY

I was a big fan up until Eliminator...Liked the early raw stuff the best.

resohead 02-21-2012 11:03 PM

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The first two albums, to me were like seeing Jesus drop from the sky. I loved most of their albums but the first two were amazing.

They were Texas music and I remember where I was the first time I heard them.

Great band, eh?

Yes I agree , I cut them off sometime after MTV discovered them.

Just Got Back From Baby's had nothing in common with Legs

Sorry if I contradict

MaryO 02-21-2012 11:05 PM

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First concert I ever saw was on my 16th birthday, 1983 in Nashville...ZZ Top, The Eliminator Tour. Sammy Hagar, aka The Red Rocker, opened for them. Sweet show!

resohead 02-21-2012 11:31 PM

Re: Frank Beard
 
I don't remember my first show but it was in San Antonio. I think I've seen them 4 times including opening for the Stones at the Astrodome in the early '80's. I think the message Top sent to the Brits that night was you're on our turf now. Have Mercy.

MikeM 02-22-2012 05:33 AM

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I always like Frank Beard's drumming but I hated Eliminator. Imagine my relief when I learned it was all drum machine (at least the hits were, never listened to the whole thing ...)

BonzoBonham 02-27-2012 03:01 AM

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http://www.torrentsland.com/upload/p...289e245e98.jpg
Looks like an OBP Super Classic he's playing. Wonder if this was the same kit used on the Rio Grande Mud and Tres Hombres albums?

Some more:
http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lr...wxcqo1_500.jpg
http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/a...Z_Top_1971.jpg
An OBP double bass kit circa 1970-71.

http://www.torrentsland.com/upload/p...7420bda50e.jpg
Butcher Block Rogers during the "Fandango!" era.

resohead 02-27-2012 03:23 AM

Re: Frank Beard
 
Frank went into the studio to lay down drum tracks and was not happy that his pals had used the drum machine. lol

On Master of Sparks there's a line, We were out in the sticks off of Highway 6. I remember when Hwy 6 was like that. Houston's megalopolis growth changed that long ago.

One day when I go to that empty hall in the sky I'll have someone play Mexican Blackbird as a send off.

"They all call her puta
Cause no one really knows her name."

Drive that old Chrysler down to Mexico.

:)

drumkat 03-16-2012 04:00 AM

Re: Frank Beard
 
I recently purchased "ZZ Top...Live From Texas" DVD concert.

I watched it last night...

He is a truly solid, no nonsense player....

I was in hysterics when he played with one hand on snare/hats while he lit up a cigarette.

I didn't know the man smoked.....

He tried to do it without anyone noticing for a while, then he thought.."I am Frank Beard...who cares!!!"

I didn't know you are allowed to smoke in public venues anymore....not here in Australia anyways...

A great concert and drum lesson, the man is a true rock drummer....

StickIt 05-02-2013 04:44 PM

Re: Frank Beard
 
Thinking about the shuffle, brought my mind right around to Frank.

There are so many ZZ Top songs in which he brings a simple but perfectly groovin feel...very hard to emulate. I love (LOVE) playing Waitin' For the Bus/Jesus Just Left Chicago!!

Not a lot of posts on this thread, but when you search for shuffle, or blues drummers, or favorite drummers, there are a fair amount of posts; and Bernhard has some good stuff on him as well.


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