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ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons Reveals His Christmas-Day Miracle

Billy Gibbons
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Billy Gibbons doesn't have to think hard about his best Christmas presents of all time. In an interview with Men's Journal, the ZZ Top guitarist remembered one that changed his life. It was in 1962, and the young (likely clean-shaven) Gibbons was just 13-years-old.

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ZZ Top Vs. The Doobie Brothers – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame Finals

ZZ Top Vs. Doobie Brothers

After a hotly contested month of voting, the Doobie Brothers and ZZ Top have reached the finals of the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame's December election.

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ZZ Top Vs. The Eagles – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame Semifinals

ZZ Top Eagles

 

Two bands that mined the music of the American South in different, yet equally classic, ways are vying for their shot at rock immortality. The Eagles and ZZ Top meet in the semifinals of the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame.

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ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons Going Solo… For One Show

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Mark-Metcalfe, Getty Images

ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons will be making a rare solo club appearance later this month. The guitar maverick has a date set at the B.B. King Blues Club in New York City on Dec. 17.

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ZZ Top Vs. Blue Oyster Cult – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame, Round One

ZZ Top Vs. Blue Oyster Cult

 

The third round one battle in this month's Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame bracket pits Long Island's finest, Blue Oyster Cult, against that little ol' band from Texas, ZZ Top.

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Billy Gibbons Guests on New Album by David Letterman’s Bass Player

Will Lee and Billy Gibbons
YouTube

When Will Lee, David Letterman's bass player and an in-demand session musician, started cutting tracks for his new solo album, 'Love, Gratitude and Other Distractions,' he had plenty of famous names to lean on for special guest assistance -- including ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, who lent his guitar and vocals to a cover of 'Get Out of My Life Woman.'

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Billy Gibbons and John Fogerty Play ZZ Top, Creedence Classics Together

John Fogerty and Billy Gibbons
YouTube

ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons dropped in to perform two songs with John Fogerty during the former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman's recent concert in Tulsa, Okla., and thanks to the almighty Internet, you can watch it for yourself right now!

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ZZ Top Perform As Quintet for First Time

ZZ Top
Tower Top Tours

Earlier this month, ZZ Top performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival and wanted to do something for the festival's founder, Claude Nobs. Nobs -- a good friend of Billy Gibbons, Frank Beard and Dusty Hill -- died in January at the age of 76.

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40 Years Ago: ZZ Top’s ‘Tres Hombres’ Album Released

Warner Brothers
Warner Brothers

Before ZZ Top became global superstars -- synonymous with infectious boogie rock, fast cars, beautiful women, synchronized hand gestures and bodacious beards -- they were just three men from Texas. Tres hombres. Three bluesmen, to be precise, whose third album proved to be their commercial breakthrough.

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ZZ Top, ‘The Complete Studio Albums (1970-1990)’ – Album Review

ZZ Top
Ross Halfin

Back in 1987, at the dawn of the CD era, ZZ Top released a three-disc box set called ‘Six Pack’ that included the band’s first five albums plus their seventh. Still flush from the mega-success of 1983’s ‘Eliminator,’ and its 1985 follow-up ‘Afterburner,’ someone decided to take the original recordings from the ‘70s and remix them with added ‘80s-style percussion. It wasn’t long before every ZZ Top CD for sale came with the newly recorded mechanized drums that helped make ‘Eliminator’ a hit. One thing ‘Tres Hombres’ didn’t need was robotic percussion.

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