ZZ Top and Jeff Beck are currently in Los Angeles rehearsing for their upcoming joint tour, which kicks off August 8 in Missoula, Mont.
Fans, of course, are clamoring to know if the two will play together, and ZZ's Billy Gibbons tells us that will very likely be the case:
"Yes. In fact, as we diverted yesterday from (talking about) cars to more musical things...he was grinning and I was kind of looking down at the notebooks and the notepad. I pulled it out of my pocket. I was scratching my head, trying to think, 'Now, what are we gonna do?' I said, 'Jeff, you got a smile on your face about something, and I don't know.' He said...'Are you familiar with this unusual posting on YouTube.' I said, 'What might that be?' He said, 'It's you and I playing '16 Tons,' ' the hit from the 50s that was made famous by Tennessee Ernie Ford. '16 Tons.' I said, 'Yeah man, let's go for it.' So there's a bunch of crazy fuel for the fire brewing."
The ZZ Top-Beck tour was postponed from its original July 25 start date when ZZ bassist Dusty Hill had to have surgery to remove kidney stones. But Gibbons says both Hill and Beck, who canceled the second half of his European tour earlier this summer for an unspecified medical procedure, are healthy and ready for the trek.