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WHAT: The Boys of Summer, an Eagles Tribute concert; XXX Tres Equiz, a ZZ Top tribute band, opens the show

WHEN: New Years Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31, at 8 p.m.

WHERE: Hilton Doubletree, 743 Horizon Dr., GJ

COST: $44; $149 includes hotel room for two and show

INFO: 970-241-8888 or http://www.doubletreegrandjunction.com

It could be a nostalgic New Year's Eve at the Hilton Doubletree when ZZ Top opens for the Eagles.

XXX Tres Equiz, a Top tribute band based in Grand Junction, and The Boys of Summer, an Eagles tribute band from Los Angeles, will perform the concert starting at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31.

The Boys of Summer began learning Eagles' songs when the country rock group burst onto the music scene in the 1970s, the band's drummer and vocalist Jim Williamson said. Before he and his band mates were a tribute band, they played together in a rock band called Clean Slate.

"Instrumentally, vocally, song-writing" — "we've always been playing their stuff," Williamson said.

Williamson is joined by Darrel Monson, (the "Don Henley guy" and Eagles founding member) on guitar and lead vocalist; Phil Winkler on bass and vocals; Craig T. Fall playing guitar and vocals; and Chris Turbis, who plays keyboards, guitar, saxophone and also sings.

Williamson moved from Los Angeles to Fruita last year. So for this concert, he'll meet up with the group in Grand Junction, instead of L.A. — the band's typical meeting place before a tour.

The Boys of Summer perform around the West at least two weekends a month. Last week the group performed at the Paramount Theater in Oakland, Ca., where they opened for George Lopez. They also recently played a two-night gig at Harrah's Casino in Reno.

The opening act, XXX Tres Equiz, is such a serious ZZ Top cover band that — when talking about themselves — they refuse to reveal their true identities. They go only by the monikers: Rev. Frilly G. Ribbons (Billy Gibbons), who plays guitar and sings; Musty Swill (Dusty Hill), who sings and plays bass; and Frankly Wierd (Frank Lee Beard) who performs drums and sings.

"We celebrate 40 years of ZZ Top hits," the character Frankly Wierd said.

The ZZ Top tribute band has played all over the country, and even been mistaken for the real ZZ Top, said the drummer.

"We work hard at looking like them, and sounding like them," he said.

Three years ago on New Year's Eve both tribute bands performed a sold-out show at the Hilton Doubletree in Grand Junction.

"When you hear the Eagles and ZZ Top at one show, how can you not sell out?" Frankly Wierd said.