Why Is ZZ Top Frontman Billy Gibbons’ Beard Worth Over $1 Million
ZZ Top is one of the most well-known old-school blues-rock bands and it was formed in 1969 in Houston Texas. The band is known both for their music which is rooted in blues but has evolved throughout the years, and the identical physical appearances of the band’s two members, Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill.
As you know, ZZ Top still have a great devoted fanbase and are often praised for their amazing live performances. They released their latest album La Futura in 2012, and in a recent interview, Dusty Hill said that they’re considering making a new album.
However, the reason why ZZ Top made it to the headlines of rock news today is for a completely different reason. Although we’re used to rockstars auctioning their equipment, autographed CDs or vinyl, or even clothing, it’s the first time we heard of a musician being offered money for his beard.
Apparently back in 1984, Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill were approached by Gilette to run a shaving ad and were offered $1 million to shave off their beards. The iconic duo declined, but in hindsight, today, that amount of money would be worth $2.25 million which seems like a pretty good deal.
However, Gibbons and Hill who’ve been sporting their long beards for over four decades declined, and in an interview, Gibbons said that he probably couldn’t bear to look at his clean-shaven face in the mirror as it is ‘too close to a Vincent Price film.’
Here’s what Billy Gibbons said in an interview:
“No dice. Even adjusted for inflation, this isn’t going to fly. The prospect of seeing oneself in the mirror clean-shaven is too close to a Vincent Price film… a prospect not to be contemplated, no matter the compensation.”
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