Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Week continued when one of Howard's favorite bands of all time, ZZ Top, came in and performed two of his favorite songs: the classic La Grange and their newer Chartreuse. The band made their Stern Show debut this morning, after having been up all night. They're still rock & roll, of course, and aren't used to getting up this early.
What is their secret to staying together for 44 years? Apparently it's having three separate tour busses. (That is legit genius.) The band criss-crosses the country on tour, but they stick to their own carriages, while meeting for the occasional card game over their handheld radios. As Dusty Hill explained, the separate travel means they're really happy to see each other when they reach their destinations.
They also maintained relatively normal personal lives for Rock & Rollers. They've had their ups and downs, obviously, but thankfully they each veered out of control at different times, which allowed two members of the band to always keep an eye on whichever one might've been in trouble.
All three members of the band are now married, and both Frank Beard and Dusty Hill have kids. The separate tour bus rule also applies to their marriages too, by the way; if you spend some time apart, you really appreciate the time together, no matter the relationship.
FRANK BEARD MARCHES TO THE BEAT OF HIS OWN DRUM
While ZZ Top are known for their long beards and sunglasses, the third member of the band, a drummer ironically named Frank Beard, has shunned the theatrical look in favor of a more normal jeans and T-shirt look. When Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill showed up one day with beards down to the ground, Frank adopted the attitude of: "I can go to the shopping mall; you can't."
WHAT IS KEITH RICHARD'S SAYING?
The band were all honored by their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and they said it was pretty cool to be inducted by Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. They might've even been moved to tears by his speech, if only they'd been able tofollow a word of it. Later in the show, Howard played Richards' induction speech where he said: "It looks like we all still have jobs," before speaking about how we need the Blues, and then holding up a ten dollar bill.
It's the thought that counts, though, right? (For the record, we'd put money on Keith's thoughts making even less sense.)
Some Interview Highlights:
* "Le Grange" and "Chartreuse" were both what the band calls "two minute songs," meaning they came together almost effortlessly.
* Billy Gibbons' early band The Moving Sidewalks opened for Jimi Hendrix, and Billy learned a lot from the guitar God. He once witnessed Hendrix learning to master the guitar just by listening to a Jeff Beck record.
* When Paula Abdul was choreographing the band's video for "Velcro Fly," a producer walked into the studio and asked if they could borrow Abdul to sing back up on a song because their girl singer didn't show up, which is when her career started. So, along with ZZ Top's own impressive catalogue, we can thank them for "Straight Up"and "Opposites Attract" too.
* The band hung out with Beyonce at a Houston recording studio before she was famous.
* Frank Beard earned a living backing up strippers on the drums at 15 years old.
* As a kid, Billy Gibbons watched BB King record his song "I'm Getting Tired of Your Jive." Years later, the King of Blues asked Gibbons to perform the song with him for his 80th Birthday.
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