ZZ Top Reveals His Conversation With Jimi Hendrix On Jeff Beck
ZZ Top guitarist and singer Billy Gibbons recalled the time when he hung out with Jimi Hendrix during a recent appearance on Joe Bonamassa’s show. He then revealed what they talked about Jeff Beck during the conversation.
As you know, Jimi Hendrix is one of the most influential guitarists in the world. With his guitar techniques and playing style, he is still an inspiration for many musicians. Hendrix also became a cultural icon apart from his talented musicianship. Unfortunately, after a short presence in the music scene, the iconic guitarist passed away on September 18, 1970.
Back in the 1968s, Billy Gibbons was playing for The Moving Sidewalks before joining ZZ Top. He recorded several singles and one full-length album with his band. However, they rose to prominence when they opened for the Jimi Hendrix Experience as a headliner.
During the Live From Nerdville With Joe Bonamassa show, Joe Bonamassa asked Billy what was hanging out with Hendrix like. Billy then pointed out that there was a truck with two dozen brand-new Strats that were sent over every night before the shows. He stated that Hendrix would go there and pick up his favorite one to play.
Following that, Billy touched upon the fact that they always booked the rooms at the end of the hotel hallways, and left the doors open. According to Billy, Hendrix invited him over one time while he was listening to Jeff Beck, and asked how Beck was able to create such a great record. As a response, Billy told Hendrix that Jeff would ask the same question while listening to him.
Billy Gibbons recalled the time he spent with Jimi Hendrix as:
“On any given night, you could go through the backstage door, and there was always a truck with two dozen brand-new Strats that were sent over.
And Jimi could go through them and pick his favorite one. My most enduring recollection was staying at the end of the hallway of the hotel rooms – we’d always be relegated to the very last room.
He had the left side and I had the right but the doors were always open, and I watched a record player being hauled into his room, and he would say, ‘Hey, come on over…’
Lo and behold, he was listening to The Jeff Beck Group, and he’s pointing at the record, he says, ‘How do you think Jeff Beck does that?’ I said, ‘Jimi, I bet Jeff Beck is pointing to one of your records, going, ‘How is this guy doing that?'”
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