Relive ZZ Top’s 1976 Performance Of ‘Chevrolet’
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On November 11, 1976, ZZ Top played at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland. One of the songs they played was “Chevrolet” featured on their second studio album Rio Grande Mud.
The band, apparently, has been a fan of Chevrolet. Speaking about his cars, Billy Gibbons told Forbes: “Our ’65 Chevy low rider convertible, flying the colors of ZZ Top’s El Dorado Bar is solidly a Texas car yet, equally at home on the streets of LA, Fresno, or Bakersville. On the other hand, “Slampala,” a sleek and slammed low ’62 Chevy, created in Southern California, does just fine around Houston, San Antone and the back alleys of El Paso.”
When asked whether a customized car is comparable to a customized guitar, the legendary rocker replied: “Both deal with style and performance. Exotic looks with power and punch… and that’s what we strive to do with the four wheel customs and the six string slings as well.”
Gibbons loves his cars, obviously.
He once shared to Ultimate Guitar, “When it comes to automobiles, hot-roddin’ techniques are limited only to one’s imagination. That creative process brings one’s personality to a project. It’s just another way to stand out, it’s part of showmanship. That or lunacy, with the exorbitant costs…”