Jim Morrison and The Doors ‘were pretty SERIOUS’ says collaborator ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons
The iconic sixties band lost their lead singer at just 27-years-old, but Jim Morrison and The Doors’ legacy lives on. During their touring years, The Moving Sidewalks opened for the band. Guitarist Billy Gibbons went on to form ZZ Top and reminisces of his time with The Doors in a new documentary film called ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas.
Speaking exclusively with Express.co.uk, Gibbons revealed how he met The Doors after being part of an opening act for Jimi Hendrix.
The ZZ Top founder said: “A short time thereafter we did a run with Jim Morrison and his gang.
“The guitarist Robby Krieger is highly underrated; his blues chops are stunning.
“But they actually come through on the very first Doors records – they’re not silent, but they’re a bit understated.”
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It turns out Gibbons and his pre-ZZ Top band lived pretty close by to Morrison and The Doors in LA, with the groups often running into each other.
The 70-year-old continued: “Prior to ZZ Top, The Moving Sidewalks and I were living in Los Angeles.
“To this day there is a street corner intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and La Cienega [Boulevard].
“And on that very corner was the apartment that Morrison occupied.”
Gibbons revealed: “Believe it or not, it’s still rentable, they’ve got a small plaque on the door which says, ‘This is where Jim Morrison lived.’
“And the liquor store at the corner still stands and across the street, on the opposite side, is the building that served as The Doors meeting room, their kinda semi-office and recording studio.
“So it was not uncommon to see these characters crisscrossing the streets.
“We lived about a block away, so it was quite common to bump into these guys.”
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The ZZ Top guitarist added: “They were pretty serious about it all, it was quite uplifting.”
Gibbons also spoke of how he impressed Hendrix when opening for the other 27 Club member, by playing his songs before he even came on.
He said: “Oh man! We hit it off in a rather unexpected manner.
“Our contract required us to play for 45 minutes and at that time the only way we could complete the run was to include two numbers by Jimi Hendrix [laughs], which was kinda chancy I must say.”
Gibbons continued: “And I remember wrapping up the set, coming off the stage, there was Jimi in the shadows – off to the side with his arms folded.
“But he was grinning and as I passed by he grabbed me.
“And said, ‘I like you, you’ve got a lot of nerve!’’
ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas will be released via Eagle Rock Entertainment on DVD, Blu-ray and digitally on February 28, 2020.
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