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 - Recycler - UK - vinyl LP - £50.00, $55.50, €57.00 (New Item) (arrived 03-Oct-2022 12:20)on October 3, 2022 at 9:48 pm
ZZ TOP Recycler (1990 UK 10-track LP manufactured in Germany for the UK market, the tenth studio album by the American blues rock band including the singles Doubleback, Concrete And Steel & My Head's In Mississippi, glossy picture sleeve withillustrated inner. The sleeve displays just a little light wear with minor creasing to bottom right whilst the vinyl shows little evidence of play, a really nice example WX390)
- ZZ Top - Stages - UK - shaped picture disc - £25.00, $27.75, €28.50 (New Item) (arrived 15-Sep-2022 10:44)on October 3, 2022 at 9:48 pm
ZZ TOP Stages (1985 UK limited edition interlocking Billy Gibbons sleeping bag shaped 7" Picture Disc single, also includes Hi Fi Mama, PVC sleeve W2002BP)
- ZZ Top - Gimme All Your Lovin' - UK - shaped picture disc - £40.00, $44.40, €45.60 (New Item) (arrived 30-Jun-2022 10:53)on October 3, 2022 at 9:48 pm
ZZ TOP Gimme All Your Lovin' (1983 UK limited edition hot rod shaped 7" Picture Disc single, also including If I Could Only Flag Her Down, hype stickered PVC sleeve W9693P)
- ZZ Top - Eliminator - German - vinyl LP - £12.00, $13.32, €13.68 (New Item) (arrived 08-Jul-2022 09:39)on October 3, 2022 at 9:48 pm
ZZ TOP Eliminator (Classic 1983 German 11-track vinyl LP including the classic hit singles Legs and Gimme All Your Lovin', complete with picture inner, picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just a little shelfwear with a bit of edge scuffing and the vinyl looks barely played)
- ZZ Top - Afterburner - UK - vinyl LP - £12.00, $13.32, €13.68 (New Item) (arrived 05-Aug-2022 15:31)on October 3, 2022 at 9:48 pm
ZZ TOP Afterburner (1985 UK/German-pressed 10-track LP with picture labels, complete with the discography insert & plain black inner, great picture sleeve illustrated by Barry Jackson. The glossy sleeve shows a little light edge scuffing & thevinyl looks barely played WX27)