ZZ Top ‘comeback’ album could have been double
Living legend: GIbbons accepts award
ZZ Top’s long-awaited 15th studio album could have been a double-disc set – but their label blocked the move, Billy Gibbons has revealed.
In September the band released La Futura, their first record in nine years, complete with explosive lead single I Gotsta Get Paid. It had been subject to a series of delays, not least those caused by producer Rick Rubin.
But speaking at the eighth annual Classic Rock Roll of Honour awards night last week – where ZZ Top were named Living Legends – Gibbons revealed fans could have been given a double reward for their patience.
Discussing the time lag between albums, he told Classic Rock: “Actually, if we wanted to we could probably put out another new record inside nine minutes.
“When we picked our songs for La Futura we had another 10 songs that could have made the grade too.
“But the label didn’t really want to release a dual disc in this rather topsy-turvy musical landscape, where promoting new material is so challenging.
“So we’re sitting on 10 more songs from the same session with Rick. We have that big ball of wax waiting to roll.”
Asked if that material could see the light of say in 2013, Gibbons said: “Well, I’m hoping – but things in ZZ Top world don’t always follow real-world rules.”
The Classic Rock Roll of Honour awards took place in London on Tuesday. The achievements of 18 rock and metal artists were celebrated, with host Duff McKagan overseeing presentations to Lynyrd Skynyrd, Status Quo, Anthrax, Rush and Pink Floyd, among others.
Captain Sensible of the Damned accepted the Outstanding Contribution award alongside bandmate Dave Vanian. He told Facebook followers after the ceremony: “It was a fun evening with some old chums – Lemmy and co, ex-producer Nick Mason, Paul Cook. I had to laugh when Mr V teased old fungus-chops Rick Wakeman with: ‘Ah, hello, Bob, what have you been doing since the Whistle Test?’
“Last I heard Nick Mason was inviting DV up for a spin in some rickety old biplane or other. Rather him than me.”