ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons Fires His Opener For Wearing A ‘Make America Great Again’ Hat

Written by | November 9, 2018 1:16 am | 115 responses

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Just like America, the blues-rock-country world is basically divided between super-conservative guys — the Ted Nugent and Kid Rock of this world — and liberals weed smokers/feminists –the Willie Nelson and Dixie Chicks of this same world. I once tried to make a list of musicians who support Trump, but we now know one thing: ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons is not one of them.

America’s Got Talent’s finalist, Benton Blount, a country singer/guitarist from Greenville NC, was on tour with the famous ZZ Top man, but revealed on his Facebook page that he was fired after posting a photo of himself wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and an “I voted” sticker. He was already 4 shows into a 7-show slot opening tour with Gibbons, when he learned the news. In a Thursday interview with The Greenville News, Blount said he was told by Gibbons’ management that he’d been removed from the tour once he and his band had already arrived in Atlanta where he was supposed to play.

The firing has enraged his fans, who are now screaming ‘liberal fascism’ and leftist intolerance’… ‘Guess you’re not allowed to have different opinions now’… wrote someone, ‘when did it become illegal to support our President’ wrote someone else. Illegal? Err…Gibbons had all the rights in the world to not associate himself with someone he didn’t like, a guy with a podcast which, looking at this page, has all the trademarks of a pro-Trump propaganda … I wonder why they didn’t check this earlier! Blount spoke up and has to assume the consequences, he is not banned from playing music, just banned from opening for Gibbons, who is also taking a lot of criticisms from his most conservative fans. They are saying they will boycott his shows, and that makes it equal.

This story is interesting because Gibbons has never been the most politically engaged musician in the world and a year ago he even declared this to Rolling Stone, when he was asked about Trump as a president: ‘It’s a hard job to fulfill. You got to let the guy who holds that place do the best they can. And it’s a topsy-turvry position. It’s very challenging no matter who is in the chair. But I don’t mind the guy. I mean, I have never been politically motivated one direction or the other. I am glad I don’t have to do it as I said it’s a challenge that really quite a great bit of fortitude and stamina. We will see. Frankly I don’t care. Just make sure we keep this country in a forward direction.’

It took someone like Trump to politically motivate Gibbons in one clear direction.

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115 Responses to “ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons Fires His Opener For Wearing A ‘Make America Great Again’ Hat”

  1. Shain

    Its disgusting that people cant have differing views. These liberal douchebags deserve a good Texas ass whoopin. I wonder if this was Billys call or some soyboy wuss. I hope Billy will clarify.

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    • Richard Shlosser

      If you want to support a self professed sexual predator, Trump, that’s your right. It’s also my right and Billy’s not to…who in their right mind wants to be associated with that kind of filth?

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      • Spirit of 76

        Where can you not have different views? Choosing to not want to be around someone for whatever reason is no one stifling your views.

        You right wingers talk so tough. Yet cry so much about ANYTHING that you perceive to be a slight on your “freedoms”. You cant have it both ways. And there are consequences for everything. You dont get to say unpopular stuff or be douches and un “politically correct” yet when confronted, called out, or attacked for it. Cry about it. Which is all you guys do.

        If you want to hold an unpopular or disgusting opinion around people that don’t agree or are going to call you out, attack you or *gasp!* not want to be around you for it.

        That’s like starting a fight. Getting your tail whipped. Then pressing charges with cops. And being mad when your friends dont want to be friends with you anymore because of your actions.

        But that exactly how you guys live. Like a bunch of babies and cowards.

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        • ConcernedCitizen

          Corrupt Hillary? She has no charges against her. He defrauded kids / parents out of money for Trump University. He has many charges of sexual abuse against, bankruptcies, etc. And, not to mention his obviously poor judgment on some, if not most of his cabinet appointments. The man is corrupt as they come and I have a feeling it wont be long before the skeletons start running put of his closets.

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    • Gary White

      It was Billy’s call. I’m from Texas and I know Billy personally. Some of my richest multi-millionaire friends who were Republicans and might benefit from Trump’s fiscal positions have turned against Trump because of his blatant dishonesty and dictator way of thinking. Shain my Texas friends with a brain would love to give your ignorant way of thinking a good Texas dumb ass beat-down.

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    • Mitchell

      Since liberals are, always have been, and always will be the only true American patriots, it seemed like a good call on his part. These MAGA losers are morally and mentally deficient, just like the fake president.

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    • Michael

      “Shain”? Nice proudboy name. Unless you the Rev. B. Gibbons, you ain’t got shit to say. Now go listen to Kid Rock you wet fuckin’ sandwich.

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    • Robyn

      Shain, do you mean an ass whoopin like that Texas bitch Ted Cruz took from the liar-in-chief?

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    • Derf261

      Well they can have a differing opinion they just can express it on the stage as an employee of Billy Gibbons. They can wear the hats after they are done with their job! ISNT THAT WHAT PEOPLE SAID ABOUT THE NFL PLAYERS WHEN THEY TOOK A KNEE! Now the shoe is on the other foot!

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      • LarryWC

        Well said. Good parable to the taking a knee thing.
        If there is one thing Trump supporters really love…it’s being hypocrites.

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    • B.

      They totally can have different views. Billy didn’t execute anyone. Didn’t take his ‘career’ away.
      Just isn’t gonna help a jackass make money.

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    • James

      Texas should become it’s own country. Then all you hillbillies can shoot at each other, & have Kid Rock & The Nuge play while you all worship this bloviating windbag that’s pretending to be POTUS, & let the rest of us get on with reality.

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      • Kathy

        Sounds good to me but I don’t guess the fine folks of Austin would be too pleased with that. They aren’t all biggots and cruz didn’t beat Beto by much. I lived there for a few years. The music was good and the weather temperate, but the mold and pollen the worst I’ve ever inhaled and it may be the liberal Oasis of Texas but it is still very much in Texas and I had a problem with my Taxes supporting guys like Rick Perry, Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick and Kinky Freeman. I headed to a liberal town in a liberal state with dry air and if liberal Austin and any outlying liberal wants to move out of state we’d be glad to welcome them, especially the musicians like Billy Gibbons and Willie Nelson. He can smoke one on our (state) white house roof anytime. You guys can have the springs And the gun toting republican minority in our State can go to Texas problem solved and everyone is happy. And if the springs is too chilly the southern region of the state where I reside is nearly as warm as Texas, come on down there’s still room for you. Billy has come here just a year ago and he’s welcome back anytime.

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      • Ange

        As a born and bred Texan and lifelong democrat I really resent being lumped together with the braindead dumasses who support trump.. believe it or not there are a lot of us totally revolted by the lying dips hit living in Texas.

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    • Dave

      Easy, Shain. Billy was not willing to perform after a Trumpian mouthpiece and that was his right . I’m sure the MAGA puppet and his entourage were paid in $100 bills. Liberals are good, thoughtful, decent people, unlike the mean-spirited Liar in Chief that you support.

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    • Cassady

      I’m assuming since he stated in 2016 that he’s not political one way or the other and then this dude comes on BILLYS tour supporting one side, he didn’t want to get wrapped up in it. If it was Blounts tour then he has all the right to preach politics but it was Gibbons tour and he could obviously give a shit to turn it into a political soap box for Blount. I support Gibboms right to not wanna be in the middle if this countries melt down.

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    • Samuel De Mazarin

      Idiot. It’s not about liberal or conservative, It’s about Billy Gibbons not wanting overt political garbage on his set or presented to his fans. Liking the music should be uninterrupted by politics. That’s why the idiot was fired. It’s because he was f——g unprofessional.

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      • Mary

        Samuel, you hit the nail on the head! I saw Don Henley (Eagles) in concert and after every song he wanted to school the audience on his political beliefs. We paid for a concert.

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    • km

      You do realize that you just contradicted the rest of your post with your first sentence, yes?

      Gibbons has a differing view. Period.

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    • SonnieZisko

      Willie can do whatever the fuck you want to do. Factor the matter is if you took all of the politics out of music, music would actually be worthwhile without all of those faggot ass Maga hats

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    • Daronda Toole

      Billy is the boss. Billy makes the hiring and firing decisions. Apparently Billy has made a practice of not being political. The young man failed to grasp that and he crossed Billy’s line. Out of there! Over and out.

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    • Andrea

      That’s the problem Shane! You said it in your first two statements. “Differing views…deserves an ass whoopin!” was simply said no thank you and you went to name calling and violence. I say no thank you to you too, Thank you to Billy Gibbons for caring to make America proud again! Bye 👋🏽

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    • Erin

      Who said he can’t have the view. He can have that view all he wants. Like the article states, everyone has the right to associate or not associate with whomever they want. Would you want to FORCE Kid Rock to tour with Dixie Chicks? Is that more democratic? Get over it. When you adopt unpopular views that put Mir than half the country at risk, you’re going to become unpopular. Welcome to a world without your privilege!

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    • Yeah ok buddy

      I find it amusing that you think violence is the answer to your butthurt that a musician doesn’t want to be associated with trump, but even more amusing that you think in these imaginary fights that a rightwing conservative would automatically whoop on a person with differing political views.
      For example, Van Jones would put Tucker Carlson in the hospital with his left pinky finger.
      Erase this imaginary physical dominance based off of political affiliation. It’s stupid. 😄🇺🇸

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    • Jimmy Mac

      you can have your own view. indeed the man was not arrested. but you also have to accept the consequences of your actions and views.thats the adult world . maybe when you grow up a little youll understand that you can have any opinion you want but if you make it public,not everyone is going to agree with you. everyone isn’t going to support your opinion merely because you made your opinion public. everyone isn’t your mom .you apparently do not like liberals.that is your right. but,as a consequence you arent going to get invited to a lot of openly liberal gatherings . and , as many asshats have said,they refuse to support billy.now we come to a word hypocrite. that’s when you blame someone for doing the exact thing you are doing . you say junior from star search that no one has ever heard of can have his own opinion but rock legend billy cant. and that billy has to tolerate and finance and support someone who has a different opinion than he does.im gonna make a wild guess and say you never finished school,you are poor and bitter and if you watch news at all its fox because fox justifies and supports your backass uneducated understanding of the world.

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    • Nicolas Ruesch

      You CAN have different views. And Gibbons (as the article rightly states) “had all the rights in the world to not associate himself with someone he didn’t like.”

      What you can’t do is give someone a Texas ass whoopin for thinking different (see the hypocrisy in what you wrote?)

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    • Sonic

      You can have differing views, no ones holding a gun to your head. But just because you believe shit dont stink doesnt mean the rest of us have tk sit around and smell it.

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    • Barry

      Billy did have a opinion and he didn’t want this guy open the shows for him Ain’t America great

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    • Alex

      Oh the irony. Complaining about not being able to have differing views while threatening people who have differing views than you with a “good ole Texas ass whoopin.” Do you not realize what a hypocrite you are?

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    • George A

      “Soyboy”?? Your Russian translation needs work, no one’s ever used that term here.

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    • Ned Tugent

      But you think Ted Nugent can spew the most vile stuff about Obama and liberals. Move along, snapperhead.

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    • Beer drinker, hell raiser

      People *can* have differing views.
      Benton can think whatever he wants. Billy can think whatever he wants – and hire whoever he wants.
      Your mistake is thinking that people can believe whatever they want *without consequences*.

      Unfortunately for you and Benton, turns out there’s blowback for being an asshole.

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    • Tio Monte

      RICHARD – I never met a tolerant MAGA TRUMP supporter, Is not your whole agenda about intolerance? Immigrants, Minorities, Hispanics, Blacks, LGBT, Muslims?

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    • Jack Schitt

      No one said you cant have differing views. Billy seems to not want to associate with someone, and thats his choice. Also 2016 called and wants its old ass stupid “soyboy” insults back.

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    • Ed Fields

      The guy was hired to play music when he was working for Billy. He should have been smart enough to push his politics on his own time. He also should have been smart enough to not mess with Uncle Willie.

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    • Richard Jeffery

      Regarding that Texas ass -whooping you mention, I’d like to come down to Texas, and you can try, but if you do, I’ll rip your fucking arms off, you redneck, Republican fag.

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    • Chris

      Funny how all the conservative douchebags are boycotting Willie and Jimmy Buffet because of their liberal positions but when the shoe`s on the other foot they melt like the snowflakes they are

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  2. Lary

    Billy put Benton Blount back on tour with you! Removing him is unacceptable! I have been a supporter of you since I was 12 years old and I am 53 today!

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    • Kente

      go cry about it snowflake, ZZ top is his business, If a business can deny a gay couple a wedding cake then he also has the right to decide who represents the band on the tour. He knows what he’s doing, He knows how many GOP listen to him, He’s been in the band for 40 years!! He knows you idiot will get your panties in a twist…he just doesnt give a shit. Stop listening to them if it means that much to you.

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  3. Phoebe

    What happened to Freedom of Speech, I have found Liberals scream for this right only when it applies to them, otherwise it doesn’t exist! I grew up on their music now I see that they’re just a bunch of Liberal hypocrites like most of all Hollywood! It’s a shame everyone has to put Politics into everything!!

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    • kevin spelman

      Opinion has nothing to do with facts!
      Facts are indisputable. Trump and the republican party have dismantled civil discourse in America. They have twisted the truth so much, it is becoming difficult for simple minded people (trump supporters) to tell the difference.
      You clearly do not understand the concept of “Freedom of speech”.
      Freedom of speech is the “Legal right to voice your opinion”. It simply does not apply to this situation. But you know what? Most Liberals can tell the difference…..

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      • TaniRocker

        Thank you. I get tired of trying to explain what freedom of speech means to ignorant righties. They seem to think that free speech means speech without consequences, yet they support a man who thinks disagreeing with him is treason.

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    • Natasha

      What about Billy’s freedom of speech and freedom not to associate with people whose politics are not in sync with his own?

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    • Edward Doogan

      I wasn’t going to get involved with this conversation but you’re ignorant comment forced me to. This MAGA jackass getting fired has nothing to do with the 1st Amendment. The first amendment only applies to the government. The government isn’t allowed to throw your ass in jail for being a MAGA fool but your employer is free to fire your dumb ass if they believe that you are negatively representing the company that you work for.

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    • Blumoon

      Do you understand that ‘freedom of speech’, doesn’t apply here? You’re employer can tell you what to think if you’re thinking it on his time. Do they teach civics, anymore?

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    • Brigham

      The maga loser can still speak\sing all he wants. And if he want to do a maga racist tour he should call kid schlock and Ted buttnugget.

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    • T'Challa

      Maybe you should have grown up reading and actually understanding the constitution. Because you sure as hell do not know what “freedom of speech” is. All that means is that you cant be arrested by the govt for what you say. Not that you cant be kicked off a tour for expressing your views.

      Yall love this country so much but dont even know the basic rules or rights of it. And continue to spew nonsense. I guess that’s why yall continue to vote Republican and be poor.

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    • Its not ‘Me’. It’s you.

      Do it. They already have your money, Einstein. You can’t make sense out of nonsense. You tried tho 👌🏼

      PS. You probably shouldn’t make a frisbee. It already sounds like you couldn’t play catch even if you took one hand and put it in the other. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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  4. Scott

    Why can’t we have differing opinions on things without losing your job. I used to like Gibbons and ZZ Top. If he fired Blount for this then I will never support anything he has anything to do with.

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    • Doug

      I will also say that I would have respected him if he had not booted this guy off his tour. So he probably wouldn’t want me as a member of his audience, either. Yeah, Billy, you probably just insulted more than half your fans. Really smart. But then again, not surprising coming from a leftist.

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      • Goonie

        You mad brah?

        Here’s the thing. Billy is still gonna wake up rich, talented and with the ability to crush tail and live his life after this.

        All you MAGA snowflakes will whine make post about it on the internet and talk your stuff.

        But in the end Billy is still gonna be where he is at. Doing what he is doing. And yall are just gonna be mad.

        How do you like them apples?

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  5. Chalres

    So let down was a big fan of Gibbons now i have lost the zest for zz friggin rich liberals. Grow up you bearded clam

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  6. EZ

    Woah! Gibbons kicking that goofball off the tour has got the MAGA Snowlakes all triggered. Don’t mind them Billy, their panties have been permanently twisted by the Russian Propoganda they’re getting spoon fed on Fox News. Rock On!

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  7. Raymond

    I use to love ZZ Top , but to find out they are liberal, I will never see them in concert again or buy there albums! Lost a fan!!

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  8. Noisejoke

    So many old snowflakes melting like Trumpy hair in French rain. I know y’all barely passed 5th grade, but yr gonna have to trust us on this one. It’s neither a free speech nor an equal opportunity employer issue. Maybe that blunted “country” artist shouldn’t be wearing a political hat on stage.

    And oh yeah… keep burning those records and CDs you already paid for. Might as well since Billy recognizing the damage Cadet Bonespurs has done to this country surely makes his guitar playing taste bad now. Enjoy how the rabid right rocks: Kid “Rock” (who doesn’t rock), Pedo Ted (the draft dodger), and Pat Boone!

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  9. Bob

    As usual the ignorant deplorables don’t understand the issue of Free speech…. go figure they are stupid enough to support a raving lunatic so not surprised they can’t wrap their small brains around freedom of speech…this douchebag is free to sing all he wants, but that doesn’t mean anyone has to let him sing on their tour….. ZZ top is free to pick who they want supporting them, and I am glad they choose to send this racist douchebag packing as is their AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO DO YOU BRAINDEAD TRUMP SUPPORTERS!

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  10. Nick from FL

    Reading the comments I’m almost ashamed to admit I’m a US citizen… this applies to the harsh comments from both the left and right viewpoints. Yes he has the right to work with/contract with anyone he chooses. However, I’m sure there will be contract issues over the reason he was dismissed. Not too long ago just pre Obama I would say the landscape in our country was very different. For the most part we respected each other’s opinions and didn’t condemn people for their beliefs or political leanings. I yearn for a return to sanity in this country that will only come with the extremist pricks on both sides taking a chill pill and get over this stupid my way or the highway attitude.

    10-12 years ago anyone could work without fear of being canned over political leanings. Unfortunately it seems that the far left is more prone to extreme actions than the far right (cancelling contracts, firing people etc) and ultimately it’s this extremist attitude that has put people like trump in office. I haven’t seen many occurrences of conservative leanings people doing the same to liberals. The silent majority (everyone caught in the middle between the extremist nuts on both sides) is getting fed up with the polarization.

    Just my 2 cents as a relative middle of the road politically speaking individual who sides blue on some issues and red on others.

    Fire the opener if you like but be prepared for consequences for taking what most reasonable middle of the road people consider to be an unreasonable response to someone’s political leanings… be prepared for potential breach of contract issues. But hey, you are free to do what you want and I could really care less one way or the other

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    • applebrownbetty

      “10-12 years ago anyone could work without fear of being canned over political leanings.“

      March 2003 Dixie Chicks?

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    • Liberal SJW

      “10-12 years ago anyone could work without fear of being canned over political leanings.”

      Too bad that even today you can still be fired from your job in over half the nation just for your employer finding out your are LGBT+.

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    • Beef

      Hold on, Nick… the far left go to further extremes than the right? You mean like an alt right idiot running over and killing a girl in Charlottesville, a Trumper nut bar sending pipebombs, or the Parkland shooter being a registered Republican? You might want to check which side is actually out killing people.

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  11. Ron

    Y’all *do* realize that this isn’t a ZZ Top tour, don’t you?

    IT’S A BILLY GIBBONS TOUR. which means that IT’S BILLY GIBBONS’ SHOW.

    I’d say that if it’s YOUR name on the marquee, you have the right to choose whomever you want to have as an opening act, up to and including canning them mid-tour when you discover that their political views are at odds with yours. Hell, you have the right – as headliner – to fire the opener even over something as trivial as them drinking Pepsi and you’re a Coca-Cola drinker.

    Contract disputes will doubtless ensue and the lawyers will get fat off of the lawsuits, but I’m pretty certain that in these litigious times, there are probably provisions already in place in the contracts for severing relations with the opener in case said opener abuses the headliners’ fans at shows, or even if the opener plays badly.
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    • Ben Richardson

      Ron you are the first comment I have seen that even knows that this is Billy Gibbons tour. All these conservatives are up in arms because now ZZ Top are a liberal band. If they were real fans, they would know that this is not a ZZ Top show, but a Billy Gibbons show. So obviously not real fans.
      I’m glad that Billy wants to take a stand. That means he feels some passion for it.

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    • Noisejoke

      Probably contractual prohibitions on branded apparel or objectionable imagery in general too.

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  12. Peter Blizst

    You are totally welcome to have a different opinion, but they are also welcome to not tolerate that opinion and fire your ass from their tour. If you want to support president cookoo bananas and his racist nationalist agenda have at it, however, your position could lose you some revenue. And sure you could throw out all of your ZZ top albums and merchandise, but then they already have your money so who cares.

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  13. Derf261

    B. Gibbons come out here to Chino CA. and I will buy tickets to your show! You hired these guys right? You are the employer you set the standards. Don’t let the little mags snowflakes get you down! You are the man!

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  14. Roy Schulman

    He was using Billy Gibbons good name to dirty his own name wearing that 21st Century fascist hat. That hat’s a dog whistle for hate.

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  15. Jamesjarriel

    I’ve been a ZZ Top fan for years, that wont change, Billy Gibson/ ZZ has fans of all walks of life all over the world, I just dont get it, do people not See what a awesome job president Trump is doing. Did they not see how screwed up things were with Democrats in office. I guess Rock stars aren’t know for being highly intelligent, Now we have even more proof.

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  16. Josh

    To be honest everyone for the most part on this thread is trying to sound like some sort of victim. Its pathetic. I’m very conservative leaning…. but I still watch movies with openly liberal actors. Life lesson….. tolerance opens the door to acceptance which allows people to learn. Humanity expands when we learn from each other….. and accept that we are all different. I find it way more disturbing that this guy was taken off Facebook. He isn’t a bad guy. Neither is the guy from ZZ top. They have different opinions which is ok. What’s upsetting is how many people… equally on both sides seem to gravitate towards a “picking sides” thing. No one is 100% conservative or liberal. We are all unique with the opportunity to express that uniqueness. Wouldn’t it be nice for an openly liberal and openly conservative to get together on tour and bring people closer. Both sides are very hypocritical because when you “choose a side” you give up your right to be unique. And just a side note….. every fascist country in history has been ruled by socialism… or communism.

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    • Rick

      So, tolerance is ok when it comes from the right, except when The Dixie Chicks express themselves, Obama was President, Kaepernick take a knee, Black Lives Matter, antifascist protest, and ZZTOP makes a discussion. Too funny!

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    • Kathy

      A vote for trump is a vote against the poor and disabled. It’s a vote against me. I see trump supporters to be trump enablers. He lies and cheats and molests women. What if it was your mom he molested or your sister etc.?

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  17. Rick De La Garza

    Freedom of speech, means just that. I can choose to like or dislike what you have to say. It goes both ways. If you want to put something out there, I can do the same, or do without yours from being without me. If you want to do without ZZTOP, the Dixie Chicks, or a football players taking a knee, then we can do without your b.s. too.

    To say liberals or anyone who disagrees with you and gives it back is a bunch of crying snowflakes, is funny coming from a bunch of crybabies who cannot handle it when the shoe is on the other foot. Thank you Billy Gibbons for putting your foot down.

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  18. Blake

    Fuck t-rump and anyone who supports him. Billy is well within his rights. What if Dumbass Nugent had fired an opening band for wearing “I’m with Her” t-shirts? Would all of you trumpette idiots be upset then? Go to hell trumpettes.

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  19. Tony Carnesi

    ALL AMERICANS should be concerned. Our President aspires to be the American version of Kim Jong-un or Vladimir Putin. What a dismal future for ALL of us if that happens! All leaders must me held accountable and in check. This is America! Whatever Billy’s motivation, it is his right as AN AMERICAN to run his business the way he wishes, as long as he is trustworthy, loyal and dutiful, you can run your business as you please – The same goes for OUR PRESIDENT. C’mon lets all work together to SAVE AMERICA.

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  20. MATTHEW JONES

    I am a Veteran, I served to give the right of all, to have freedoms. That said, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WAS ALWAYS GREAT! To make something great again, means it wasn’t.
    When, personally feelings speak, in the government/ press/ or social media, I say: ” LOOK AT YOUR SELF AND ASK, WHAT WOULD THE PEOPLE BEFORE AND AFTER SAY”
    We leave this world to the next generation!

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  21. Neil Smith

    I doubt Gibbons cares who’s conservative or liberal. He probably just doesn’t want a bunch of political drama following him around on his tour dividing the audience when he’s trying to perform for all the people. He should have vetted his openers better and his openers should be showing respect for their host by not intentionally instigating drama on SOMEONE ELSE’S TOUR. Save that stuff for when you’re doing your own tour.

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  22. Greg

    We are right in the middle of a situation where the President is being called out for who he hires/fires in his cabinet. The claim from the White House is that the President should be able to hire and fire whoever he wants and have broad power in this regard. Well, shouldn’t Billy Gibbons be afforded the same authority on his own tour? Let’s just have it one way.

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  23. ASA LEE

    GUESS WE FANS OF ZZ TOP WHO SUPPORT TRUMP ARE FIRED TOO. I SUPPORT AMERICA AND I PROUDLY SUPPORT PRESIDENT TRUMP. I DO NOT SUPPORT THOSE WHO TAKE ACTIONS AGAINST PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT THIS COUNTRY. SO LONG ZZ TOP. LOVED YA FOR MANY YEARS.

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  24. Ed Fields

    Uncle Willie, besides being an American Cultural Icon and a National Treasure, is an astute businessman and the man in charge. He keeps his politics separate from his music. Some idiot tried to hijack his music for a political cause so he fired the guy. I suspect that he would have fired the guy if the fool had started pushing a liberal agenda. He was protecting his Brand, his art, and his bottom line and there’s nothing wrong with that. If some mouthbreathing tRump flunkie is going to boycott Billy Gibbons for not being stupid, I’ll do my part by picking up a couple more ZZ Top CDs and I promise to play them fucking loud. By the way, I had the honor and pleasure of shaking his hand. He’s a class act and a nice guy and anybody who doesn’t like him is no friend of mine.

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  25. Ed Fields

    Uncle Willie, besides being an American Cultural Icon and a National Treasure, is an astute businessman and the man in charge. He keeps his music separate from his politics and has every right to fire somebody for trying to coopt his Brand, his art, and his source of income for their political agenda. I suspect he would have fired a raving liberal who tried the same thing. I had the pleasure and honor of meeting him once and shaking his hand and anybody who doesn’t like him is no friend of mine.

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