Breaking News

ZZ Top Debuts New Song... In Space

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"

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.

No further information about when us ZZ Top fans back here on Earth might be able to listen to either "Flyin' High" or the album was given.


Follow Rocks Off on Facebook and on Twitter at @HPRocksOff.

KEEP THE HOUSTON PRESS FREE... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
Contact: Chris Gray