Classic Rock Corner

Billy Gibbons Interviewed: New ZZ Top Album Sounds Like Tequila

With ZZ Top ready to rock RodeoHouston Thursday, Rocks Off began to ponder whatever happened to the band's long awaited new-album.

Last summer, guitarist Billy Gibbons told Rocks Off that the band's first collection of new material since 2003's Mescalero would arrive in stores this winter. So far, however, the album is a no-show. Which is a shame given that the eagerly anticipated project was being produced by none other than the legendary Rick Rubin, who in addition to cofounding Def Jam Records, managed almost single-handedly to revive Johnny Cash's career.

As such, the new joint was being touted in the classic-rock blogosphere and elsewhere as a chance for Houston's tres hombres to resuscitate their sound and draw in a new generation of listeners.

But, as the music industry continues to spasm, nothing is that simple.

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Dan Oko
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