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Billy Gibbons to Reunite With Moving Sidewalks for Reunion Show
Before starting ZZ Top and growing a beard and writing horny paeans to legs, guitarist Billy Gibbons did time in a revered but short-lived psychedelic blues-rock band called Moving Sidewalks. They disbanded in 1969 after bassist Don Summers and keyboardist Tom Moore were drafted in the Army, at which point Gibbons formed the first incarnation of ZZ Top.
Now, after forty-four years of inactivity, Moving Sidewalks is reuniting for a one-off gig at the B.B. King Blues Club in New York City on March 30, 2013.
"The music really holds up," Gibbons said in a recent interview. "I've stayed in touch with all three of the cohorts that made up this nice little quartet. We've all stayed friends. And we started fielding requests from different promoters who were dreaming up ways to work in a date. I told them in terms of playing style, we don't have to change anything. What was good then is good now."
The band’s only album, 1968’s Flash, has been reissued a number of times in various forms, most recently as a part of The Complete Collection, which also features a smattering of Moving Sidewalks rarities.
"It's really a cool thing that came together because of the album release. The timing just worked out," said drummer Dan Mitchell. "We really felt like we were at a peak, getting ready to do something bigger. And then we lost two guys. But there's a lot of material on the album that has never been performed live. It's been interesting to go back in and try to play it."