The time has come to pay tribute to ZZ Top 

They’ve been in showbiz for four down and dirty decades, believe it or not, and were even inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame back in 2004 by no less than Keith Richards. And if you don’t own a copy of their definitive “Fandango” album, just bend over like Spinal Tap’s Artie Fufkin and beg the next passerby to kick you.


Obviously, we’re talking about that little old band from Texas here, ZZ Top. And they’ve given so much to music, it’s about time their true believers gave something back. As in their upcoming “A Tribute From Friends” album, streeting on Oct. 11.

And when Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard talk “friends,” they mean the heaviest hitters around, all chipping in with their own reworkings of 11 catalog classics.

Nickelback takes a stab at “Legs,” Mastodon gnaws on “Just Got Paid,” Grace Potter and the Nocturnals get the legendary “Tush,” Wolfmother howls through “Cheap Sunglasses,” and Daughtry ties into “Waitin’ For The Bus/Jesus Just Left Chicago.”

Rounding out the package is a version of “Sharp-Dressed Man” by The M.O.B. — another little old outfit featuring Fleetwood Mac’s John McVie and Mick Fleetwood, plus Jonny Lang and Steven Tyler.

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