Wednesday, November 28, 2018

VIDEO: ZZ Top guitarist joins William Shatner for Christmas classic

ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons is featured in a new video for William Shatner’s take on the seasonal classic, “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

The track is featured on the actor’s first-ever holiday album, “Shatner Claus”, which presents a collection of Christmas songs.

Gibbons tells ABC Radio that he had fun collaborating with Shatner, noting, "He does what he does, and he let me do what I do. And it was a happy accident, [a] collision made happy."

As for what Shatner thought about his contribution to the track, Billy says, "He was rather impressed with the fact that we threw some Texas mud into 'Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.' This happy little thing, all of a sudden it's four flat tires on a muddy road."

Shatner is joined by an eclectic cast of guests on the project, which includes duets and appearances by Todd Rundgren, Rick Wakeman of Yes, Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, Iggy Pop and Cars guitarist Elliot Easton, among others.

Gibbons and ZZ Top will return to live action with a Las Vegas residency at The Venetian in January before hitting the road for a 50th Anniversary UK and European tour in June.

Among the first dates released are appearances at the Prague Rocks festival in the Czech Republic on June 19, Spain’s Barcelona Rock Fest on July 5 and London’s SSE Arena Wembley on July 12, with many more shows to be revealed soon.

William Shatner
“Shatner Claus”

01. “Jingle Bells” (ft. Henry Rollins)
02. “Blue Christmas” (ft. Brad Paisley)
03. “Little Drummer Boy” (ft. Joe Louis Walker)
04. “Winter Wonderland” (ft. Todd Rundgren & Lynyd Skynyrd’s Artimus Pyle)
05. “Twas The Night Before Christmas” (ft. Mel Collins of King Crimson)
06. “Run Rudolph Run” (ft. Elliot Easton of The Cars)
07. “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” (ft. Rick Wakeman of Yes)
08. “Silver Bells” (ft. Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull)
09. “One For You, One For Me”
10. “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” (ft. Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top)
11. “Silent Night” (ft. Iggy Pop)
12. “White Christmas” (ft. Judy Collins)
13. “Feliz Navidad” (ft. Dani Bander)

Bonus Track

14. “Jingle Bells” (ft. Henry Rollins - Punk Rock Version)

See also:

ZZ Top announce 50th anniversary UK and European tour
ZZ Top: Billy Gibbons debuts The Big Bad Blues on US charts
ZZ Top: Billy Gibbons streams cover of Muddy Waters blues classic
ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons announces solo North American tour
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