Are you as psyched as we are about the upcoming ZZ Top and John Fogerty “Blues and Bayous Tour” as we are? Great video below of Billy Gibbons and John Fogerty swapping licks and playing each other’s hits in the practice studio. Of course it’s staged, but man is it cool to see these two rocking out!
Here’s more on the tour from Rolling Stone:
Just a couple of weeks ago, ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons visited John Fogerty at his Los Angeles home studio to discuss their upcoming co-headlining tour and jam a little. They started out by rocking out on familiar songs like “Fortunate Son,” “Tush” and “Bad Moon Rising,” but before the meeting wrapped up Fogerty played a brand-new riff and asked Gibbons to join in. “We went straight to work,” says Gibbons. “It was an exercise in just absolute joy.” The untitled composition may be introduced into one of their sets on the Blues & Bayous Tour, which kicks off May 25th in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and wraps up June 29th in Welch, Minnesota. We spoke to Gibbons and Fogerty (separately) about their shared history, mutual admiration and what fans can expect from the tour. Hint: It includes a lot of guitar battles.
John, tell me your first memory of ever hearing ZZ Top.
Fogerty: I don’t believe I’ve ever seen them live. I’ve seen them on TV a lot. I think [1973’s] “La Grange” is the song that first caught my attention. I remember that back then nobody had a beard beside Frank Beard. There was such a groove to that song, such a feel. A couple of years later, “Tush” came out. I remember seeing the ad for it in Billboard before I actually heard it, so that means they were already having some sort of success. A little later, there was a big tour where they had all sorts of barn animals onstage. Nowadays, you couldn’t get away with that. There would be an sort of animal-rights groups or something to stop you.
Billy, what struck you about Creedence Clearwater Revival when you first heard them?
Gibbons: It was a fascinating juxtaposition of a band from northern California that played blues from the bayou and struck a chord that resonated throughout the rest of the country. I think it would be fair to say that the recordings that popped up in that auspicious time continue to resonate. There is something magical about what that sound contained and, of course, it would be fair to say that John Fogerty’s singing style is a gift from the heavens.