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ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Recalls Opening For Jimi Hendrix

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ZZ Top vocalist and guitarist, Billy Gibbons recently spoke with The Daily Express and shared his experience opening for Jimi Hendrix in 1968.

Gibbons, who was playing with blues-rock band Moving Sidewalk at the time, was opening for the iconic guitarist, but they were facing a conundrum.

"Our contract required us to play for 45 minutes, and at that time, the only way we could complete the run was to include two numbers by Jimi Hendrix," he shared.

Gibbons added that it worked out just fine, as Hendrix was not vexed by the situation.

"I remember wrapping up the set, coming off the stage...there was Jimi in the shadows - off to the side with his arms folded," he recalled. "But he was grinning, and as I passed by he grabbed me and said, 'I like you. You've got a lot of nerve!'"

Meanwhile, ZZ Top revealed last month that they are working on their first new music in 8 years.

"It'll be coming up, probably in the next few months, I hope. It's a bit premature for a proper announcement, but it'll be forthcoming," Gibbons said, adding that he has been in touch with producer Rick Rubin to bounce around some ideas.

The new record will be the follow-up to the band's 2012 album, La Futura

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