Billy Gibbons
American musician, actor and car customizer
Billy Gibbons
William Frederick "Billy" Gibbons is an American musician, actor and car customizer, best known as the guitarist of the Texas blues-rock band ZZ Top. He is also the lead singer and composer for many of the band's songs. Gibbons is known for playing his Gretsch Billy Bo guitar and his famous 1959 Gibson Les Paul guitar known as Pearly Gates. Gibbons has a bass vocal range, spanning E♭1 to E♭5, one of the widest ranges in rock.
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Why Dierks Bentley Thinks a Ballet Lesson Would Be Good for Luke Bryan - People Magazine
Google News - 11 months
People Magazine Why Dierks Bentley Thinks a Ballet Lesson Would Be Good for Luke Bryan People Magazine As two of country's top acts, Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley have a lot in common. But when the longtime friends get together, talk turns to family rather than fame. “We've had this similar trajectory of life and family,” says Bentley, 40. “That's ... Miranda Lambert Will Cover ZZ Top Classic at ACM ACM Awards to remain in Las Vegas for 12 more years?Las Vegas Sun Miranda Lambert, Billy Gibbons, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini and Nick Jonas to perform on ACM US 99.5 -Entertainment Tonight -WWGP 1050 AM -Taste of Country all 61 news articles »
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27 Doors to Walk Through in New Orleans
The Huffington Post - about 1 year
New Orleans is a city of made of equal parts magic, music, and lovers of life. When walking down the streets of the French Quarter, Frenchman Street, and the Garden District, you can't help but stroll among the spirits of yesterday - each one filled with a variety of emotions ranging from love, light, and strength to sorrow, darkness and despair. New Orleans is a city with a history like no other, a city that embodies strength and perseverance, a city that continually rebuilds. New Orleans has shown the world time and time again that no matter how fierce the storms are that cross it's path, it will continue to shine because brass never rusts, and when one song ends, it's time for the next one to begin. St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans, LA. (c) Michelle Moore I was in New Orleans a week ago, for the first time in over ten years, accompanied by two lovely girlfriends who have a gift for capturing picturesque moments. Our adventure mantra was threefold: (1) have an open mind and b ...
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Music Review: 'Perfectamundo,' Billy Gibbons
NPR - about 1 year
Billy Gibbons, the front man for legendary group ZZ Top, has released his first solo record, and it goes back to some of his earliest influences. Meredith Ochs reviews Perfectamundo.
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Broader Perspective on Speaker Paul Ryan's Freshly Minted Beard of the House
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Leave it to an overly fit, carb-counting mammal with rippling chesticular muscles from Wisconsin to bring facial hair back to the leadership of the United States Congress. As broadly reported by major media, Speaker of the House, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), grew a sexually dynamic beard over the Thanksgiving break, making him the first bearded speaker since Frederick Gillett left the post to run for the Senate in 1924. It's just one important step in the process of bringing ruggedly handsome facial hair back to prominence in public life. It goes without saying that as a Wisconsin native, Ryan's could be a deer hunting beard -- the opener was Nov. 21 -- or it could have been one of those highly questionable "weekend with your buddies" beard. Or even, perhaps, he lost bet on the Packers-Bears game. Regardless, it's there, a facial forestry unit in full bloom, and Rep. Ryan is obviously enjoying the chance to be a man in the most public way. "Mr. Ryan has often waved a big stick i ...
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Latin Roots: Billy Gibbons Adds A Cubano Twist To The Blues
NPR - about 1 year
Hear the ZZ Top guitarist like you've never heard him before.
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Review: Billy Gibbons' Cuban buzz shapes 'Perfectamundo'
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Billy Gibbons & The BFG's, "Perfectamundo" (Concord Records)
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Billy Gibbons' solo album 'Perfectamundo' takes a Latin turn
Chicago Times - over 1 year
Thanks to a series of tongue-in-cheek MTV videos in the '80s, Billy Gibbons and his bandmates in ZZ Top rarely get mistaken for serious musicologists. But Gibbons' appreciation of blues, garage rock, psychedelia, surrealist art and now, as it turns out, Latin music, runs pretty deep. Through his...
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L.A. Rock and Roll Band Hudson Rises Up With 'Cast Out'
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Turn on the radio today and with rare exception, you are likely to hear a packaged sound that might get you tapping your foot, but rarely inspires you to take a stand. Enter L.A. band Hudson, a soul stirring, musically genius group that combines thought provoking lyrics with legendary sound. It's only a matter of time before these guys change the music industry for the better, for good. In the news as of late, violence on college campuses, rape, shootings and beatings seem to be more commonplace than ever before. At the same time the loudest message from industry labels is more often aligned with broken hearts than broken bones. An empowering message of positivity and strength is much needed from entertainers who deeply influence the youthful listeners who will shape the future. While many artists paint the picture of the victim and the offender, Hudson takes it a step further to look at the lessons for humanity in these happenings. "We wrote 'Cast Out' after a very traumatic ...
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Rick Nielsen: From Behind the Six String
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"I'm a musician. I want to play music and I want to write songs." -- Rick Nielsen For over 40 years, Cheap Trick has been perpetually touring the world bringing a catalog of catchy songs and ripping guitar licks in tow. And when folks talk about guitar players with energy and intensity, their lead guitarist Rick Nielsen is the personification of those words. He plays a different guitar for each song in the set list, crisscrosses the stage to entertain the crowd as only he can, and watch out: he is notorious for flicking endless guitar picks into the audience. In this recent interview we discussed the guitars, the career, and the recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination. Photo courtesy Leslii Stevens - Rick, you have been called fun, wacky, goofy, energetic, and eccentric. Did you set out to create a specific look or brand for yourself that would set you apart from other musicians, or is this just you being you? RN: Growing up, I never wanted to be an ...
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With or Without Jefferson Airplane, Jorma Kaukonen Keeps Flying
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Jorma Kaukonen was halfway through a 45-minute phone interview last week when the subject of a Jefferson Airplane reunion finally came up. The former lead guitarist of the band that not only helped define the psychedelic '60s but also its brand of freewheeling rock is, at the age of 74, still a busy man. He was looking ahead to two weeks of teaching guitar at his Fur Peace Ranch On the Road at Dana Point, Calif., before starting a tour to promote his precious new solo record, Ain't In No Hurry (Red House Records), a smooth blend of blues, folk, traditional and original tunes that releases February 17. Call it coincidence, serendipity or the primal forces of nature at work, but the gentle soul with the magic fingerpicking hands that work as well as his mind was discussing plans to commemorate Jefferson Airplane's 50th anniversary when he was interrupted by the trill ringtone on his nearby cellphone. "Oh, it's Jack Casady," Kaukonen merrily announced. "I'll call him later." ...
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Holy Cross women's basketball coach Bill Gibbons returns to the team
Fox News - about 3 years
Bill Gibbons has returned to his position as Holy Cross women's basketball coach, the school announced on its website Tuesday.
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The Enduring Legacy of Stevie Ray Vaughan
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Having sneaked backstage at a C.W. Post College concert on Long Island in 1979, my buddies and I furtively moved around the backstage area, not wanting to attract any attention and look like we belonged. We did not want to get kicked out. Trying to appear as if we were deep in appropriate backstage conversation, we looked over and there was the target of our admiration and backstage list shenanigans, Stevie Ray Vaughan (SRV) on a pay phone, deep in conversation. He wore the hat, slung low over his eyes and when he finally hung up (it seemed like forever as we waited) and walked our way, his sparkly eyes fixed upon us and he said, "How y'all?" We chattered like excited schoolgirls in his wake and to this day, have a story for the ages. There are lots of grizzled rock 'n rollers like me with stories like that about Stevie Ray. He was that kind of guitarist: part Hendrix, part Clapton, part B.B. King and had oh so many influences. Jeff Beck, Albert King, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, ...
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Sox' 'Beard' song hair for the party
USA Today - over 3 years
Tim Montana and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons have beards — and they know how to use them.
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Former players defend Holy Cross women's basketball coach accused of abusive tactics
Fox News - over 3 years
Former Holy Cross women's basketball players are coming forward to defend longtime coach Bill Gibbons, who has been accused in a lawsuit by a former player of physical and emotional abuse.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Billy Gibbons
  • 2015
    Age 65
    On July 31, 2015 it was announced that Gibbons solo project will be named Billy Gibbons and the BFG's featuring musicians Mike Flanigin, GG Maartine (née Martine GuiGui), Joe Hardy and Greg Morrow. Their debut album, Perfectamundo, was released on November 6, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Gibbons has a recurring role on the Fox network TV series Bones. He plays a fictionalized version of himself, as the father of Michaela Conlin's character, Angela Pearly Gates Montenegro. He is never referred to by name on the show, however; every mention is limited to "Angela's father." Conlin's character's middle name is the same as Gibbons' Les Paul guitar. Gibbons's character is extremely protective of his daughter, and he often "threatens" or "haunts" Angela's husband and colleague Dr. Jack Hodgins, telling him that if he hurts Angela, he will pay. When Angela and Hodgins first broke up he drugged and kidnapped Hodgins, during which time he also gave him a tattoo of Angela's face on his left biceps. After Angela discovers the tattoo she informs Hodgins she wants it removed (he never removed it) and angrily exclaimed when she discovered it was her dad's doing that "I am so going to kick his Texan bad ass".
  • 2014
    Age 64
    The November 2014 issue of Guitar World magazine featured an interview with Gibbons and fellow guitarist Jeff Beck about their mutual appreciation of "cars, guitars, and everything in between".
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    On November 19, 2014, Gibbons performed "Baby Please Don't Go" at the Vaclav Havel Bust Dedication Ceremony in the US Capitol.
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  • 2011
    Age 61
    Gibbons also published a book in 2011 about his love of cars and guitars titled Billy F Gibbons: Rock + Rock Gearhead.
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    In 2011, Gibbons joined with Texas-based Mojo Products, LLC to launch a line of hot sauces, barbecue sauces, and other products with his own personal branding, "BFG Brand".
    More Details Hide Details The sauces are sold as BFG No. 44 via his personal website. In late 2012, Gibbons was featured in a series of television commercials for Fiesta Mart, a Texas supermarket chain. Various BFG Brand sauces were briefly seen in the commercials.
    On February 19, 2011, Gibbons appeared as a guest judge at the 5th Annual Misprint Beard and Moustache Contest at the Mohawk club in Austin, Texas.
    More Details Hide Details On December 15, 2012, Gibbons made a guest appearance at Social Distortion's concert at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip. Frontman Mike Ness brought him out for two songs, "Drug Train" and "Black Magic".
  • 2010
    Age 60
    On January 22, 2010, Gibbons joined Ben Harper, Beck, Conan O'Brien, and others on the final episode of The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien playing a Will Ferrell-led rendition of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird".
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  • 2009
    Age 59
    Gibbons joined Jeff Beck onstage at the 2009 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concert with a version of Jimi Hendrix's "Foxy Lady".
    More Details Hide Details Gibbons made a special guest appearance behind Roky Erickson on Austin City Limits taped on November 12, 2007 and originally aired January 12, 2008. (ACL Season 33, Episode 12). Gibbons plays lead guitar on two songs from the 2008 Everlast album Love, War and the Ghost of Whitey Ford: "Stone in My Hand" and "Anyone".
    Gibbons played guitar on "Broke Down On the Brazos", the opening track of Gov't Mule's 2009 album By a Thread.
    More Details Hide Details Gibbons played guitar on "Run Rudolph Run", the third track of We Wish you a Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year compilation.
  • 2008
    Age 58
    Lately Gibbons also sang background vocals on former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar's 2008 CD Cosmic Universal Fashion during the song "Switch on the Light."
    More Details Hide Details Gibbons collaborated with Ronnie Dunn, of Brooks & Dunn fame, for Ronnie's first solo work, playing guitar and singing along on the song, "Honky Tonk Stomp".
  • 2006
    Age 56
    He was also the guitarist during singer Luis Fonsi's presentation at the 7th Latin Grammy awards held in Madison Square Garden, New York, on November 2, 2006.
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    Together with The Raconteurs Gibbons performed at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards.
    More Details Hide Details Gibbons was part of an ensemble chosen to play with the band, which included Lou Reed and Jim Jarmusch. The performance was heavily edited and cut short by MTV for broadcast. However, the full unedited performance is available on MTV's Website for the VMAs. Although not a full-length performance, Gibbons can also be heard playing a few bars of the ZZ Top classic "La Grange." Gibbons was one of several artists to participate together with B.B. King on the song "Tired Of Your Jive," from the B.B. King & Friends album. Gibbons also appeared on Nickelback's album All the Right Reasons on the songs "Follow You Home," "Fight for All the Wrong Reasons" and "Rockstar." Gibbons performed with Hank Williams III on the song "Trashville," from his album Lovesick, Broke and Driftin'. Gibbons collaborated with Les Paul with his Les Paul & Friends American Made, World Played track "Bad Case of Loving You." Gibbons also performed guitar with John Mayall & Friends' track "Put It Right Back" from the album Along for the Ride. He was the first artist to appear on stage at Cleveland's State theater in November 2008 at the American Music Master Tribute to Les Paul, honoring the guitar and recording innovator, who died a few months later.
  • 2005
    Age 55
    On December 14, 2005, Gibbons married long-time girlfriend Gilligan Stillwater (born Ellen J. Oetjen).
    More Details Hide Details Gibbons is an avid car collector and custom car enthusiast with an extensive collection that includes a 1948 Cadillac Series 62 (known as CadZZilla), a 1962 Chevrolet Impala (known as "Slampala"), a 1950 Ford Business Coupe, and a 1958 Ford Thunderbird. One of his earliest custom cars, a 1933 Ford Coupe (known as "Eliminator"), was featured in three of ZZ Top's music videos.
    Gibbons played the first slide guitar lead on the song "Dead End Streets" on Al Jourgensen of Ministry's side project Revolting Cocks album Cocked and Loaded. He also wrote, played guitar on and sang the song "Willin' For Satisfaction" from Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell's 2005 solo album Two Sides Of If.
    More Details Hide Details Gibbons collaborated with the Queens of the Stone Age on the song "Burn the Witch" from the album Lullabies to Paralyze. ZZ Top's "Precious and Grace" was also recorded with lead vocals provided by Mark Lanegan as a bonus track for the album. Gibbons has also claimed this was one of his favorite collaborations and "Precious and Grace" was later added back into ZZ Top's set lists. Gibbons was also selected to guest the follow-up album Era Vulgaris but was unable due to scheduling conflicts.
  • 1969
    Age 19
    Gibbons formed ZZ Top in late 1969, and quickly settled on bassist/vocalist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank "Rube" Beard, both being members of the band American Blues.
    More Details Hide Details After honing their trademark blues-rock style, they released the aptly titled ZZ Top's First Album on London Records in 1971. The band rolled on, intensively touring and recording/releasing albums until 1977, when they took an extended hiatus. Their long-time manager took this time to negotiate a deal that allowed the band to keep control of their previous recordings, to be distributed by their new label, Warner Bros. Records. They reunited two-and-a-half years later in order to start recording under a new Warner Bros. contract. Independently, both Dusty Hill and Billy Gibbons had grown the chest-length beards that quickly became a part of their image. The band hit international prominence and their commercial peak with the release of 1983's diamond-selling disc Eliminator. Eliminator was named after Gibbons' customized 1933 Ford Coupe, which was featured in three of the band's music videos. This vehicle is on exhibition at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. The album featured the hits "Gimme All Your Lovin'", "Sharp Dressed Man", and "Legs".
  • 1963
    Age 13
    A percussionist as a youth, Gibbons was sent by his father to New York City to study with Tito Puente In 1963, Gibbons received his first electric guitar following his 13th birthday, a sunburst Gibson Melody Maker, accompanied by a Large Cat amplifier, and was influenced by guitarists such as Jimmy Reed.
    More Details Hide Details While attending Warner Brothers' art school in Hollywood, California, Gibbons engaged with his first bands including The Saints, Billy G & the Blueflames, and The Coachmen. By 18, Gibbons went forward forming an artfully designed band, conceptually inspired by friend and fellow musician, Roky Erickson and The 13th Floor Elevators, naming the group the Moving Sidewalks, penning the hit single "99th Floor", and engaging in a friendship with Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix went on to say on The Tonight Show and The Dick Cavett Show that Gibbons would be the next hottest guitarist. Gibbons founded the Texas psychedelic group The Moving Sidewalks, which recorded several singles and one full-length album, Flash. Gibbons and The Moving Sidewalks came to prominence opening for The Jimi Hendrix Experience during Hendrix's first American tour as a headliner. Also notable was the Gibbons-penned song, "99th Floor," its title a nod to the influence on Gibbons of fellow Texans and pioneering psychedelic band The 13th Floor Elevators. He has also commented during live performances while playing the string-bending intro to "Foxy Lady" that Hendrix taught him how to play the song when Gibbons was "about 17" in Dallas. Longstanding rumors have it that at the end of the tour Hendrix gave Gibbons the pink Stratocaster he had been playing as token of his appreciation for Gibbons' level of talent, and that Hendrix subsequently stated that Gibbons was one of the best guitarists in the US.
  • 1949
    Born on December 16, 1949.
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