Billy Gibbons has shared a the video for Desert High, the new single from his forthcoming album, Hardware, and it features name checks for The Doors’ former frontman Jim Morrison, late country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons and Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.
The video sees ZZ Top guitarist Gibbons cruising across the Californian desert around the iconic Joshua Tree, offering spoken word shouts out to Morrison (“The desert toad takes me for a ride/The Lizard King’s always by my side”) and Parsons, the Flying Burrito Brothers singer who died in a Joshua Tree hotel in September 1973.
“Gram died in room eight and left it all to Keith/Just a couple of miles from the salt and sea,” Gibbons sings, referencing Keith Richards; the Stones had encouraged their friend Parsons to record Sticky Fingers classic Wild Horses before they themselves released it.
“The song is, perhaps, not typical of Hardware as a totality but it gives an indication of the album’s desiccated sonic sensibility,” Gibbons says of Desert High. “The desert is a truly mysterious place and we were privileged to have spent all that time there absorbing the heat, the vibe, and cranking it out. It’s where natural background is at its most raw and untamed. We suspect what we’ve done is something of a reflection or, perhaps, a mirage, that relates.”
Hardware, co-produced by former The Cult/Guns N’ Roses’ drummer Matt Sorum, will be released on Concord Records on June 4.
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- ZZ Top - Afterburner - UK - vinyl LP - £12.00, $14.76, €13.44 (New Item) (arrived 29-Jan-2023 11:40)on February 3, 2023 at 5:56 pm
ZZ TOP Afterburner (1985 UK/German-pressed 10-track vinyl LP with picture labels, their ninth studio album which includes the single Sleeping Bag. The glossy picture sleeve displays an illustration by Barry Jackson and shows a little light edge scuffing while the vinyl looks barely played WX27)
- ZZ Top - Legs - UK - 12" vinyl - £10.00, $12.30, €11.20 (New Item) (arrived 28-Dec-2022 13:38)on February 3, 2023 at 5:56 pm
ZZ TOP Legs ( 1985 UK 3-track 12" single, with the rock-blues trio at the height of their popularity and featuring a Metal Mix plus the tender A Fool For Your Stockings and raucous Bad Girl. The picture sleeve displays some minor wear mostly on the back, and the vinyl shows only very light signs of play W9272T)
- ZZ Top - Eliminator - German - vinyl LP - £15.00, $18.45, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 17-Dec-2022 13:12)on February 3, 2023 at 5:56 pm
ZZ TOP Eliminator (1983 German 11-track LP, the ZZ classic that fuses the humming synths of New Wave with their trademark hot-rodded blues boogie. Includes the hit singles Legs & Gimme All Your Lovin', glossy picture sleeve with illustrated inner. The sleeve & vinyl remain in excellent condition)
- ZZ Top - The Best Of ZZ Top - German - vinyl LP - £15.00, $18.45, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 17-Dec-2022 16:38)on February 3, 2023 at 5:56 pm
ZZ TOP The Best Of ZZ Top (1977 German 10-track vinyl compilation LP packed with classic Top hits such as La Grange, Blue Jean Blues & Jesus Just Left Chicago. The textured picture sleeve has minimal shelfwear and the vinyl remains in excellent condition with only light signs of play WB56598)
- ZZ Top - Live From Texas - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £35.00, $43.05, €39.20 (New Item) (arrived 22-Dec-2022 16:40)on February 3, 2023 at 5:56 pm
ZZ TOP Live From Texas (2011 UK 16-track double LP pressed on 180gram Heavyweight Vinyl, recorded on November 1, 2007, at the Nokia Theatre in Grand Prairie, Texas, gatefold picture sleeve. This copy is still sealed in its shrinkwrap leaving it Mint and unplayed RCV066LP)