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Folks Of Interest Billy F. Gibbons - ZZ TOP

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Harrison, Aug 16, 2012.

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  2. b-body-bob
    Joined: Apr 23, 2011
    Posts: 515


    I always wondered WTF that was, another educational day on the HAMB
  3. The Real story;
    During a ZZ Top tour in Africa, Billy was introduced to a chief of Cameroon's Bamileke tribe. At the time, Billy was wearing a ten gallon Stetson, but it seems the chief wanted that Stetson very much. Billy was urged to promptly give his Stetson to the chief. However, Gibbons had them let the chief know that back in Texas there is a custom of "horse tradin'". The chief was more than happy to respond by presenting Billy with his own hat that we are so used to seeing Billy with today. They are known as a Bamileke Nudu Beanie
  4. I just heard a story about him this week out at Bonneville. Chick, an inspector for the SCTA and a very fine striper has met him, been to his house in Beverly Hills and striped a Guitar for him. Says he is an A-one class act.

    The "artichoke" is something very special to him from what I hear and he wears it with pride. Given to him by an African Chief.
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  5. Babyearl
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 610


    X2 I had my want to wonder moment too!!
  6. kyvetteman
    Joined: May 13, 2012
    Posts: 760


    :d :d :d :d :d
  7. Are you back from B-Ville? how'd you go?
  8. Von Rigg Fink
    Joined: Jun 11, 2007
    Posts: 13,426

    Von Rigg Fink
    from Garage

    I dont know him personally, But I have spoke with him twice, shook his hand, BS'ed a bit about cars and music..real down to earth cat if you ask me, approachable, or so I thought... been to his concerts ,.the dude ooozes the blues
    Joined: Aug 7, 2009
    Posts: 2,069


    funny funny shit
  10. Yes! had a great time! Did 142 in the Uni, not a record but not bad for 50 year old iron. Real Ford engine no aluminum after market parts. ;)

    Well except for the valve covers and the intake. :rolleyes:
  11. Cool, sounds like a good time
    And now back to Artichokes
    Joined: Aug 7, 2009
    Posts: 2,069


    I blazed him out in my T. We were rock'n to some "lil Joe y La Familia". Took him back old school when he used to play tejano.
  13. kscarguy
    Joined: Aug 22, 2007
    Posts: 1,586


    I don't know Billy, but I met Wynonna Judd in a bar. She was not very nice to me...and I don't think all those beers I drank had anything to do with it either.
  14. Or as my wife calls her - Wideloada
  15. Yeah, Class Act.

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  16. Oh come on now!

    You guys are acting like little tiny-boppers seeing the Beatles for the first time!

    Give me a break, guys like Billy Gibbons or Jesse James are no different than you or I, but you guys get all giddy. They're just human beings, no more... no less!

    I mean shit, it's not like we were talking about Gene Winfield or Bo Huff!
  17. fordflashback
    Joined: Mar 9, 2008
    Posts: 48


    This picture shows a very young Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard in a photo for a Texas prom roundabout 1970 or 1971. Allegedly, the unbearded Billy is holding his "Pearly Gates" 1959 Les Paul (Gibson's replicas of Pearly Gates sold for $25K). This is the earliest known picture of the band in its current lineup, and one of the last of Reverend Billy without a beard and sunglasses.

  18. Wow is that annoying jack black on the very left?
  19. cuznbrucie
    Joined: May 1, 2005
    Posts: 2,567


    I've met Billy a few times at the LA Roadster Show.......nice fellow who didn't know me at all but chatted with me a bit and I didn't want to infringe on his time so we both moved on.....but not before he gave me the two finger salute......


    A really great player, performer, and hot rodder......roll on, Billy!

  20. retroridesbyrich
    Joined: Dec 2, 2004
    Posts: 1,872

    from Central NC

    I don't really know him, but he called me at home once. My wife didn't believe me, till we went to a show as his guest and hung with him for a while.
  21. KooDaddy
    Joined: Oct 16, 2006
    Posts: 753

    from Wis.

    The chiefs name was Arty Choke very important guy related to the late great John Hohmes.
  22. John Lafayette
    Joined: Jan 15, 2011
    Posts: 95

    John Lafayette

    Yeah but he's one of those guys that helped to make '33-'34 Fords too expensive for us poor slobs to buy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  23. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 4,373

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    Can't be. Even Billy is too busy to lay down 20,000 posts.
  24. 40Standard
    Joined: Jul 30, 2005
    Posts: 5,886

    from Indy

    the late great Johnny Wad?
  25. Bad Eye Bill
    Joined: Sep 1, 2010
    Posts: 841

    Bad Eye Bill
    from NB Canada

    Yeah, and I've felt that Wild Turkeys bite.
  26. Billy54
    Joined: Feb 19, 2007
    Posts: 335

    from Houston

    Billy G and the Cochinos kick it in H-Town weekly.
  27. Bad Eye Bill
    Joined: Sep 1, 2010
    Posts: 841

    Bad Eye Bill
    from NB Canada

    To steal a phrase from Ray Wylie Hubbard, Some things under heaven are just cooler 'n hell.
  28. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,792

    Member Emeritus

    If you can find them, get ZZ Tops first 2 albums. Nothing BUT blues!
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