ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons to Play Havana Jazz Festival with customized guitars showing images of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara

“But now I might be MISTAKEN!…hmmmm, hmmm, hmmmm!” (let’s hope so Billy.)

“Last year, I was invited to perform at the Havana Jazz Festival…I said: ‘Gee, whiz, that’s a pretty lofty invitation!…John Bowen made three guitars for me, and on each instrument he plastered on the face of one of the three leaders of the Cuban revolution – Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos.”(ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Dec. 5. 2015.)

So Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Billy Gibbons is over the moon with excitement about honoring the only regime in the history of the Western Hemisphere to criminalize Rock & Roll music. Rock and Roll legend Billy Gibbons will honor Cuba’s Stalinist regime with a performance at the Havana Jazz festival, a free tourism ad (i.e. the performance,) and with a special homage to the Stalinist leaders whose decrees outlawed Rock & Roll music and herded it’s young listeners into forced-labor camps for the crime of being Rock & Roll fans. (i.e. the hand-crafted guitars with the faces of the Stalinist mass-murderers and America-haters.)

The Stalinists who Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Billy Gibbons honors with special edition Rock & Roll guitars decreed it a criminal offense for Cubans to listen to all of Gibbons’ Rock heroes. Fidel Castro (who Gibbons honors with a special-edition guitar) even decreed that Cuban youths would be herded into Soviet-style forced labor camps at bayonet point for the specific crime of “Elvispresleyism” (i.e. the very lifestyle celebrated in most of ZZ Top’s music videos.)

But let’s face it: who gives a flying flip what Gibbons’ new icons did to Cubans? So let’s bring it closer to home for Gibbons, the Texas good ‘ole boy, flag-waver and troop-supporter:


“War against the U.S. is my true destiny,” (Fidel Castro April, 1958.)

“The U.S. is a vulture preying on humanity!” (Fidel Castro, 1959.)

“Of course I knew the missiles in Cuba were nuclear-armed. That’s precisely why I urged Khrushchev to launch them against the U.S.!” (Fidel Castro to Robert Mc Namara, 1992.)


“According to the book Honor Bound the tortures of U.S. POWs by Castro’s agents were “the worst sieges of torture any American withstood in Hanoi.” (Yes, Fidel Castro sent Cuban torture specialists to Hanoi specifically to torture U.S. POW’s to death. Fully documented here.)


*“The U.S. is the great enemy of mankind!” (Che Guevara, 1961.)

*“Against those hyenas there is no option but extermination!” Che Guevara, 1961.)

“We must keep our hatred (against the U.S.) alive and fan it to paroxysm!” (Che Guevara, 1965.)
“If the nuclear missiles had remained (in Cuba) we would have fired them against the heart of the U.S. including New York City. The victory of socialism is well worth millions of atomic victims.” (Che Guevara, 1962.)

Every item and quote above thoroughly-documented in these books:


3 thoughts on “ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons to Play Havana Jazz Festival with customized guitars showing images of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara”

  1. 1) Gibbons is an old fart whose moment is past, and evidently he has not aged well. 2) His mind may not be what it was, and it probably wasn’t that good to begin with. 3) “Doing Cuba” is very trendy now, meaning guaranteed media attention, and if even Mick Jagger deigns to stoop to it, well, you get the idea. Shit happens.

  2. As for the customized guitars, to him that’s just a stage gimmick, the real connotations of which don’t faze him because, as I keep saying, most people see the whole Cuba thing as a glorified tropical Caribbean joke that needn’t be taken seriously–and it’s perfectly clear that he doesn’t.

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