22 Top? What the Hell’s 22 Top?


I was disappointed that the ZZ Top/Jeff Beck show that was recently scheduled for Merriweather Post Pavilion got canceled due to bass player Dusty Hill falling from the band’s tour bus, but I’m also looking forward to my upcoming high school reunion. There may not seem to be a connection there, but there is — due to our incomparable class president, who was this cool cat named Reggie.

When we were in school, Reggie had a part-time job at the old Capital Centre, in Landover, Md. One time he was checking his sched and one of the dates was set for a gig by “22 Top,” which totally befuddled him. “What the hell is ’22 Top’?” he wondered, aloud (with the emphasis being on “loud”)… then one of his colleagues walked over, also spied the sched and said:

“Reggie, you fool, that says ‘ZZ Top’!”

At which point, Reg let out one of this trademark, loud-enough-to-be-heard-overseas cackles and laughed at himself. Had you ever met him, you’d be able to hear it now, just as I am.  

Anyway, I’ll bet “Legs” was his favorite 22 Top song. Actually, I don’t know what his fave 22 Top song was — but it’s surely mine >>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUDcTLaWJuo&list=RDeUDcTLaWJuo

By the way, if you’re wondering about what the deal is with ZZ Top’s facial hair, this is from the group’s web site >>> http://www.zztop.com/2014/story-behind-beards-zz-top/


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