Billy Gibbons on being in ZZ Top at age 80: ‘Let’s go for it’

ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons is still going strong at age 67, and if he had his way, he might still be going past age 80.

Gibbons tackled the question in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. His answer, when asked if he wanted to still be in ZZ Top at the age of 80, was somewhat cosmic, but he at least made it clear that the answer was yes.

“Well, yeah, I could do it,” Gibbons said. “We are smack dab in the middle of a technological breakthrough that is making life extension quite a bit of the day-to-day norm. I read a prediction the real fireworks get underway about the 366 day cycle starting in the year 2024, in which 10-to-the-75-power seconds at the conclusion of that cycle will reveal scientific breakthroughs comparable to the creation of language or the experience of life itself. And then the last 10-to-the-75-power seconds of those seconds will reveal all that is knowable, but is unknown. That is quite a mouthful. It’s only seven years away, so let’s go for it.”

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We’ll let you decipher what he says between the first and last sentences in that answer. In the meantime, here’s a look at what Gibbons was up to this past weekend as he joined Guns N’ Roses on stage in Houston for a little “Patience.”

Photo credit: By Antti Salonen (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons

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