As long as Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill keep growing those beards and making new music, Texas rock will never die.
ZZ Top is finally readying their first release of new music in nine years. Four-song EP Texicali will be available online June 5, and RollingStone.com will offer free streaming of the new tracks on June 4 before EP is available for purchase.
Texicali is a preview of a full-length, as-yet-untitled album set for late summer or early fall and will include tracks "I Gotsta Get Paid," “Chartreuse,” “Over You” and “Consumption," all produced by Gibbons and rock svengali Rick Rubin.
"We were itching to get some new music out before the full album release; making available these four tracks seems like a good way to accomplish that most expeditiously," Gibbons said via press release. "Dusty, Frank and I are happy with what’s been accomplished in the studio so we figured we’d provide some hot and tasty ‘hors d’oeuvres’ before the main course is served this fall.”
If you missed their RodeoHouston performance, ZZ Top was originally scheduled for a show at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillon on June 23, but the Houston Press notes that the concert has been quietly canceled and the band's publicist said a show is tentatively planned for early fall to correspond with the album release.
Can't wait til Monday for some new ZZ Top? If you haven't seen it already, "I Gotsta Get Paid" is featured in the ad for ZZ Top's tour sponsor, Jeremiah Weed malt liquor, above.