Taken from Express.co.uk (Jan 30, 2020)
ZZ Top NEW album: Billy Gibbons spills all on exciting 2020 plans 'coming up' - EXCLUSIVE
ZZ TOP guitarist Billy Gibbons has teased plans for a new album coming together in 2020.
by George Simpson
ZZ Top NEW album: Billy Gibbons spills all on exciting 2020 plans 'coming up' (EXCLUSIVE) (Image: ERE)
This year marks 50 years since ZZ Top formed as trio Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard. Half a century later, and the iconic rock band have sold over 50 million albums worldwide and show no sign of stopping. In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Gibbons revealed that even after all this time the band rarely fall out, but they do like to tease each other.
The 70-year-old said: "It's unusual. We don't really have time to argue, 'cause we're so caught up trying to figure out who's going to make the first musical mistake [laughs]."
"That is what has made it so interesting throughout the decades.
"We've really come to the point [where] the one thing we agree, we three, [is] still enjoying getting to do what we get to do.
"And once we hit the stage it's always with a grin and again, it's not about who's going to make the first mistake, it's about how we're going to get out of it! [laughs]."
The last time ZZ Top made a studio album was in 2012 with La Futura. Since then, Gibbons has released his first two solo records, with the latest being 2018's The Big Bad Blues.
Nevertheless, the trio are now gearing up to work on what will be their sixteenth studio album together.
As usual, ZZ Top have been jamming at their favourite hang out down in Houston, Texas.
Gibbons said: "It's called Foam Box recordings [and] where we get to gather and try out a few new things."
ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band From Texas is out Feb 28 in the UK (Image: ERE)
He revealed: "In fact, I was just on the phone just yesterday with the noted producer Mr Rick Rubin."
The former co-president of Columbia Records has worked with stars from Adele, Kayne West and Justin Timberlake to Metallica, AC/DC and Johnny Cash, so surely there's some exciting news coming up for ZZ Top fans?
Gibbons continued: "Rick's got a few ideas that he threw into the mix. He's raring to get us back in the room.
"He likes to work on the West Coast, so it's between Texas and California where we dream this stuff up."
The ZZ Top star added: "So it'll be coming up, probably in the next few months I hope. It's a bit premature for a proper announcement, but it'll be forthcoming, yeah."
Meanwhile, a new documentary covering the band's 50 years together is getting a home release next month.
Titled ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band From Texas, the trio feature as talking heads in a host of new interviews.
Gibbons said: "My initial thought was Gee, how do you comprise five decades into 90 minutes? It was quite the challenge."
He added: "And, of course, every good story has an ending. But in this case, we're still going.
"[Director Sam Dunn] did an excellent, excellent job I must say."
The DVD and Blu-ray also feature two live performance segments including 18 minutes of the Gruene Hall Performance and rare Pre-Eliminator ZZ Top concert footage from 1976 and 1981.
ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band From Texas will be released via Eagle Rock Entertainment on DVD, Blu-ray and digitally on February 28, 2020.