Billy F. Gibbons
There are so many things to do in Houston. There are great art museums, especially the Contemporary Arts Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The Art Car Parade is part of that exotic extreme of Houston. You have to see it—it’s really cool.
Houston’s music scene is an interesting fabric—it goes way, way back. It’s a fascinating musical place. Ray Charles once said, “If you want to put a great band together, go to Houston, Texas.” Plenty of our songs were inspired by things that happened in Houston or, as I like to call it, “H-town.”
Back in 1970, we played one of our first official shows as ZZ Top just outside the city. There was one person in the audience so we bought him a Coke and finished the rest of the show. From there, we’ve played just about every music venue in the city.
The Texas Medical Center is pretty amazing. It’s the biggest in the world.
No matter where I am, conversations on Houston always seem to come back to music and Mexican food.
To me, Houston is friends, family and home.
Houston’s where ZZ Top was formed. It’s our home. A lot of our songs were inspired by experiences we had in Texas, and, in particular, Houston. We wrote our third album, Tres Hombres, from 6am to midnight in what is now an old post office.
Most cities have a music scene. In Texas and especially in Houston, you’ll find fresh, new talent from pretty much every genre of music. That’s special.
The city’s got flavor—great food, great people and great places for fun. If someone were to ask me "Why Houston?", I would say, “Why go anywhere else?”
Houston’s a great sports town. I love to catch a game at Reliant Park. It's a cool stadium. I really like the fact that you can golf year-round on great courses. One of my favorites is Shadow Hawk.
I really like the people in Houston. They take the time to get to know you—to me, that’s everything.
When you’re in Houston, you have to eat Mexican food. It’s the best!
Billy F. Gibbons, Dusty Hill & Frank Beard
Musicians, ZZ Top
To download high-res images, visit photo gallery.