The first appearance of The Moving Sidewalks featuring Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top in 45 years!!
Before achieving multi platinum success with that "little ol' band from Texas" ZZ Top, a young Billy Gibbons lead a hard charging psychedelic blues rock outfit called The Moving Sidewalks featuring Dan Mitchell (drums), Don Summers (bass), and Tom Moore (keys). Rooted in Texas soul and rhythm & blues and influenced by Austin's 13th Floor Elevators, Jimi Hendrix, and early California psychedelia, The Moving Sidewalks pushed the sonic envelope and hot rodded 12 bar blues. They forged a sound as down home and expansive as the Lone Star State itself. In 1967 that sound took them to #1 on local radio with the Brit Invasion sensible garage rock classic, "99th Floor" and out on the road as the opener for Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Jeff Beck Group w/ Rod Stewart and more. But The Moving Sidewalks came to a stop in the summer of '69 when Tom Moore and Don Summers were drafted just before the release of their debut lp Flash, a heady brew of muscular hallucinatory rock. Billy Gibbons and Dan Mitchell enlisted keyboardist Lanier Grieg and started another band, one that would soon be called ZZ Top. But for more than 45 years The Moving Sidewalks music and their friendship have endured. From hippie jam bands to garage bands you can hear their influence. Now Dan, Tom, Don, and Billy are taking the stage again to celebrate their legacy and the newly released Moving Sidewalks- The Complete Collection by reissue specialists Rockbeat Records.