Dan Monaghan (Billy Gibbons) has been immersed in music all his life, his mother teaching him music as she taught him the alphabet. He started playing piano at the age of 7, picked up the trombone, trumpet and flute a few years later, then diving into guitar at 12. In the early 1970s high school pep bands thought they were cool playing the theme from Hawaii 5-0 and Peter Gunn. Thanks to Dan’s arrangements, his high school’s band was playing Smoke On The Water and School’s Out! Dan has played guitar and keyboards in over a dozen bands through the years, including a spot-on Robin Trower tribute in the 2008. Dan is ZZ Tush’s set arranger, placing songs in strategic spot to keep the energy flowing through the show.
'Jersey' John Roche
John Roche (Dusty Hill) started his music at the age of 13 with drum lessons at a local music store in North Jersey. He soon moved on the guitar and bass. It was something about those low notes and keeping the groove that clicked for him. After graduating from high school John was on the road, off to Texas (home state of ZZ Top). With a few of his schoolmates he was looking to get into the music scene. A short time in Texas and then four years in the Navy, John took a little break from music. Coming back with a vengeance, John performed with whoever and wherever he could to up his skills. John is also the ZZ Tush handyman. The distinctive custom guitars, props and tailpipe mic stands are all his work.
Ed Koop (Frank Beard) began his musical journey in junior high school at 13 with the trumpet and violin. Ed soon found out the playing drums was his passion and never looked back. Starting with marching bands and symphonic bands, he then moved to the full kit after hearing Moving Pictures by Rush. Ed has played in numerous original, Classic Rock, and dance cover bands. He has performed at some of the areas largest venues. Ed brings his chops and pounding beats that make up the rhythmic backbone of ZZ Tush. Along with some iconic drum kits!