ZZ Top and Jeff Beck hit the road tonight (August 8) in Missoula, Mont., for one of the summer's most highly anticipated double bills.
ZZ's Billy Gibbons tells us that he and Beck have been friends since the original Jeff Beck Group first toured the U.S. in 1968, and the two bond these days over more than just music:
"It started with a conversation between Jeff and I on a long distance call talking about things loud -- not guitars and amps but cars, and hot rod cars at that...Jeff's as big a car nut as the next one of us. I just found it fascinating that our friendship, which started in 1968, has found so much, I guess you'd call it ongoing energy through the years, talking about, mainly about hot rods and what makes them tick, kind of cool diversion about what people would expect -- 'Hey, let's sit down at the table and hear what these guys are talking about.' They're probably thinking about what kind of guitar strings or what kind of amplifier, something other than hot rods. But that's what started it, and...I think it'll be a good stimulus to carry us through this tour."
The two acts will play 27 dates together through mid-August, though the first six were canceled due to ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill's kidney stone surgery. ZZ Top will stay on the road after the tour with Beck ends, with shows booked into early November so far.