Tag: Billy Gibbons

  • Billy Gibbons’s Moving Sidewalks Are Back in a Flash

    Forty-three years after forming ZZ Top, Billy Gibbons is trying to unlearn almost everything he knows about music. Everything except the psychedelic foundation he laid with his former group, the Moving Sidewalks, long before the famous beard sprouted. “We’re taking things in reverse. The enticement of unlearning is certainly working its magic with the band […]

  • Roky Erickson

    This psychedelic godhead amazed everyone with a seemingly impossible comeback a few years ago, playing not only festivals but also his first gigs in Gotham in 2007. There he was, standing steely-eyed on stage, playing the guitar like a demon again and singing loudly about demons once more. Only two years into his restarted career, […]

  • Roky Erickson

    This psychedelic godhead amazed everyone with a seemingly impossible comeback a few years ago, playing not only festivals but also his first gigs in Gotham in 2007. There he was, standing steely-eyed on stage, playing the guitar like a demon again and singing loudly about demons once more. Only two years into his restarted career, […]

  • Remembering ZZ Top’s Inconceivable 1980s Makeover

    Last year, the editors of Continuum’s “33 1/3” series of books on epochal albums shot down my pitch for ZZ Top’s Tres Hombres. From the salacious chuckle of “La Grange” to the classic-rock-radio one-two punch of “Waitin’ for the Bus” and “Jesus Just Left Chicago” (not to mention the divinely messy Tex-Mex spread on the […]

  • Mojo’s Working

    Wait, so you’re telling me Billy Gibbons and “Dusty Hill”—the beard guys from ZZ Top—aren’t brothers? The twin 12-amp stacks, the matching lime-green suits and guitars (like one of those pranks parents pull on their kids), the move where ZZ back-and-forth in tandem—excuse me for assuming toddler Gibbons and toddler Hill sat together in the […]

  • You So Stupid

    Brooks & Dunn’s year-old TNN special on ZZ Top laid out everything you must know about the band. If ZZ answered a single query from the duo with more than a smug titter, I didn’t hear it. That’s Mescalero: a sphinx-like composition memorable for chortling and cryptic hotfoots. The guitars are flanged, tweezed, low-filter-oscillated, and […]

  • Music

    You Sank My Battleship! Electronic music has one major challenge for people performing it in public: It doesn’t offer much to look at. The PowerBook is a hell of a powerful instrument, but if you play one on stage, it looks like you’re absorbed in a game of Battleship. At the New York Festival of […]