HellHoundMusic’s Interview With Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top!
HHM: You have a long and distinguished music career. What was your big break?
Billy Gibbons: One obvious moment remains when taking to the road with Jimi Hendrix. To be in the presence of Jimi’s artistic brilliance stands as a continuing source of inspiration that lit a fire that burns to the present.
HHM: How has your recording process evolved over the years?
Billy Gibbons: ‘De-volved’ is more like it! The band’s high card remains getting together and banging out something new with a method of madness backed by loudness. It’s always countable as a collective anticipation that good luck brings the “one and done” into the studio and onto the tape machine.
HHM: Who are some of your musical influences?
Billy Gibbons: Jimmy Reed, Bobby Blue Bland, B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix. We could do this all night…
HHM: What was the first record you ever bought?
Billy Gibbons: BFG – I suspect it’s known that the cat, Elvis flew from the grooves early on. From then it was all over.
HHM: Who are some of today’s artists that you enjoy?
Billy Gibbons: Surprise Vacation, Charles Bradley, Shemekia Copeland (We knew her dad, Johnny ‘Clyde’ Copeland), Buddy Guy’s protege Quinn Sullivan, Lecherous Gaze, Dinosaur Jr.
HHM: What is your proudest moment as a musician?
Billy Gibbons: I’ll have to say it’s with Keith Richards’ induction speech for us into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Keith is the living embodiment of “Rock and Roll” which made the moment more than special for us. Coolness…!
HHM: Can you tell us of any New Albums or tours in the near future?
Billy Gibbons: Glad you asked. We have a new album coming out at the end of the first week in September and it’s a rocker.. “Live – Greatest Hill From Around The World.” As the title implies, we hit “record” at gigs in Europe, South America and right here at home. It’s like going to a concert but without dealing with parking and you’ll only have yourself to blame if any beer gets spilled. Seriously, it’s our first all-live album release and includes two tracks with a very special guest: Jeff Beck!! As far as touring is concerned, we’re out from now until, pretty much, forever. Check ZZTop.com for the latest.
HHM: Do you have any final words that you’d like to share with your fans?
Billy Gibbons: You’ve kept us keepin’ on for more than four decades now so our intention is to keep doing just that if you’ll let us. Rock on!
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Billy Gibbons Bio
William Frederick “Billy” Gibbons (born December 16, 1949) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and actor, best known as the guitarist and lead vocalist of the American rock band ZZ Top. He began his career in the Moving Sidewalks, who recorded Flash (1968) and opened four dates for the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Gibbons formed ZZ Top in late 1969 and released ZZ Top’s First Album in 1971. The albums that followed, Rio Grande Mud (1972) and Tres Hombres(1973), along with extensive touring, solidified the group’s reputation as a hard-rocking power trio.
In the 1980s and early 1990s, ZZ Top released their three biggest-selling albums: Eliminator (1983), Afterburner (1985) and Recycler (1990). A wave of music videos for the hit singles “Legs“, “Gimme All Your Lovin’“, and “Sharp Dressed Man“, among others, became mainstays on MTV. Gibbons has made appearances with other artists and acted on television shows, most notably Bones. He was ranked at number 32 on the 2011 Rolling Stone list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
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