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Billy's "Gibbon" all his lovin' to Raw
Expect fur adorned guitars and chin locks of a different kind on what could very well be the most rhythmic Raw in history this Monday.
Perhaps accompanied by the famed rev of their scarlet red Ford Hot Rod, "The Eliminator," ZZ Top's burly bearded Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill roll into Raleigh, N.C., on Monday night to serve as the show's first-ever special guest co-hosts.
"It's no secret that ZZ Top is a big fan of WWE," admitted an enthusiastic Gibbons in an exclusive interview with WWE.com. "When it comes time to addressing what one of our favorite things to do is, besides playing loud rock and roll, it's watching some wild and raucous shenanigans in the ring."
Multiple-time Grammy Award nominees, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees and stars behind countless hit songs such as "Gimme All Your Lovin'" and "Legs," ZZ Top is one of the most globally recognizable rock bands of all time. "That Little Ol' Band from Texas" is prepared to bring their boogie and blues style to Raw's squared circle, live in the RBC Center.
"Coming in as a combination is probably not going to be too much different from the way we approach our appearances on the live stage," said the lead vocalist of his pseudo-tag team with Hill. "We can't think of anything we like doing better than playing [music], with one exception: Tagging up with WWE."
The earliest recollection of Gibbons' squared circle appreciation was birthed -- much like himself -- in Houston, Texas, where he watched Paul Boesch establish his promotion's legacy in the Lone Star State.
"[Boesch] is well known and remembered with a recollection of the highest order," Gibbons explained. "He was genuinely dedicated and a great community leader. People not only looked up to him, but also certainly enjoyed his action in the ring."
Gibbons' appreciation extends to this very day, mere months after the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania in his hometown this past April. He and his fellow band members have also been seen on SmackDown and Hollywood's WrestleMania 21.
"[ZZ Top is] partial to the Texas boys," he proudly proclaimed. "‘Stone Cold' Steve Austin's been a dear friend, and he's one of the great WWE stars along with Undertaker. Then again, you have Triple H, Big Show, Carlito … the list goes on and on."
But despite his admiration for a number of ring warriors, Gibbons -- in homage to the ZZ Top song of the same name -- revealed the one, indisputable "Sharp(est) Dressed Man" of WWE.
"Vince McMahon," affirmed the rock purist with a vigorous laugh. "He, like ZZ Top, is all about bringing a quality to the show that is unsurpassed -- and that goes for his sense of style. He is definitely a well dressed man."
While he's sworn to be unbiased when it comes to those on the Raw roster with equally bountiful beards, Gibbons did identify another Monday night personality who just might receive their very own ZZ Top-enhanced entrance theme.
"We could re-write ‘Legs' for Lilian Garcia," he joked. "Instead of ‘she's got legs,' we would do a special version: ‘I've got legs.'"
The full extent of ZZ Top's plans for their full control of Monday Night Raw remains yet undisclosed, but if their recently kicked-off tour with Aerosmith is any indication, WWE fans should certainly prepare for a change in tempo.
"We're bringing some good ol' American rock and roll around the good ol' U.S. of A. this summer," said Gibbons, a true "guitar hero."
He added, "[The WWE Universe] can expect some interesting surprises. We're going to be on Raw hootin' and hollerin' with the rest of the fans. It's all about having a good time. Rock on!"
See Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill host a history-making Monday Night Raw, live on the USA Network at 9/8 CT. And be sure to follow ZZ Top's tour before and after their pure rock party on Raw by visiting ZZ Top's official Web site.