ZZ Top was scheduled to start a five-night residency at The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas last Friday, but, like most everything else, it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But singer and guitarist Billy Gibbons was already in town. He has a home there where he’s hunkered down. With unplanned time on his hands, we asked him how he’s passing the time.
BG: “Going a little stir crazy while remaining in touch with friends…carrier pigeon and smoke signals. By nature I’m a social animal — with an emphasis on ‘animal’ — so this is a period of adjustment. We took to the road in advance of an appearance in Las Vegas recently and with an amp and a guitar in tow. Only upon arrival did reality set in with the discovery of the absence of the connecting cable…! Needless to say, we anxiously await the FedEx guy or gal with such a welcomed delivery ”
Any long overdue projects you’re finally going to tackle while waiting for the all clear?
BG: “Organizing the sock drawer?!? Most likely, as most folks, we’re itching to get out there and play and drive home the cornerstone of them blues that have remained the mainstay for ZZ. We would humbly include the notion of driving a couple of our sweet, hot rod cars, which ain’t such a stretch during these unexpected times of uncertainty.”
Is this pandemic making you think twice about how you will live your life after (and if) we’re given the all-clear?
BG: “We’re social creatures, which underscores just how true that is. When our human interchange is clamped, it’s possible to get lost inside one’s own head…many times, not an optimal place to be. On the other hand, when it’s over, we’re going to join the fray to get some beer drinkin’ and hell raisin’ accomplished in short order!”
Do you agree with the decision to postpone concerts, sporting events, etc.? Would you have done anything differently — if so, what?
BG: “Hey, I’m not the doctor — nor do I play one on TV — so getting medical advice from a bewhiskered guitar slinger is on the outland. Meanwhile, let’s grin and bear it to stay safe.”
Any words of advice to your fans during this difficult time?
BG: “You can’t loose with the blues! Get out those Lightnin’ Hopkins, Jimmy Reed, Howlin’ Wolf, B.B. King and Muddy Waters sides and turn ‘em up. If ever there was a time to take solace in the grooves, this is it. Yes, the blues will see us through.”
Anything else you’d like to add?
BG: “We literally can’t wait — but will have to — to get out there and make some big noise for our fans and friends. Stay healthy and stay the course…!”
ZZ is scheduled to resume touring on April 22nd in El Paso, Texas.Can’t Lose with the Blues