The first bit of music from ZZ Top's long-awaited, long-delayed, semi-mythical forthcoming album has leaked... but not anywhere on Earth.
Astronaut and friend of ZZ Michael Fossum, currently headed to the International Space Station on a Russian spacecraft, is carrying a copy of "Flyin' High," which the band evidently plans to put on this album, according to a release from longtime publicist Bob Merlis Tuesday afternoon:
Fossum has maintained friendships with Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, the members of ZZ Top, for some time, dating back to even before the missions he flew aboard the US Space Shuttle in 2006 and 2008.
He caught wind that one of the tracks on the new album, the band's first studio recording since 2005, is entitled "Flyin' High." A excerpt from the song's lyrics includes the following couplet:
"Flyin' high, I'm gonna touch the sky"
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The song is paced at 120 beats per minute and covers familiar
ground sky for the trio, a "comely woman who wears 'high heeled cowboy boots'," the release says.