In the holy flaming hell department of music news the Moving Sidewalks -- the Houston-based psychedelic rock band that featured a pre-ZZ Top Billy Gibbons -- will reunite next year for a show. In New York City.
So far the show appears to be a one-off at the B.B. King Blues Club on March 30. Ideally a hometown reunion will find its way to Houston.
Gibbons sang and played guitar in the Sidewalks, which also featured drummer Dan Mitchell, bassist Don Summers and keyboardist Tom Moore on keyboards. The group came together in 1966 but split three years later when Moore and Summers were drafted. Its recordings fell out of print for years, but were recently reissued this year as "The Complete Moving Sidewalks."
"It's gonna be a blast," says Mitchell. "It's really a cool thing that came together because of the album release. The timing just worked out."
Mitchell, Summers and Moore have been rehearsing for weeks and Gibbons will join them in the next few weeks. According to Mitchell, Gibbons hopes the reunion won't be a one-off, but no other shows have yet been set.
"We're looking forward to getting back into it," he says. "We really felt like we were at a peak, getting ready to do something bigger. And then we lost two guys. But there's a lot of material on the album that has never been performed live. It's been interesting to go back in and try to play it."