Tributes pour out in ZZ Top tunes

Bassist Dusty Hill and guitarist and lead singer

Bassist Dusty Hill and guitarist and lead singer Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top in concert at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. (Credit: Newsday / Michael E. Ach)

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Wyclef Jean, ZZ Top fan? Apparently.

Jean is among the artists paying homage to "that little ol' band from Texas" on an upcoming album, "A Tribute From Friends." The 11 tracks, out Oct. 11, feature classic ZZ Top tunes redone by Jean ("Rough Boy") and the likes of Nickelback ("Legs"), Filter ("Gimme All Your Lovin' ") and Wolfmother ("Cheap Sunglasses").

"We were told there was going to be a ZZ Top tribute album a while ago and logically asked, 'Who are we paying tribute to?' Then we found out that a bunch of great artists were paying tribute to us and we were in disbelief," the band -- Billy F. Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard -- said in a statement. "For the past 40 or so years, all we've done is get out there and crank it and try to have a good time while doing so. To a great extent, we've succeeded since we're still having a good time so that would be reward enough for 'the same three guys playing the same three chords.'

"Now comes 'A Tribute From Friends' and we're so delighted that our music resonates with these great musicians whom we so admire."

Hmmm. Well, there's also a Daughtry take on the album -- "Waitin' for the Bus" / "Jesus Just Left Chicago." With friends like him . . .

 

ZZ Top plays Monday at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury. Tickets, $29.50-$49.50, through livenation.com.

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