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Happy B-Day Billy Gibbons! Now stop wearing that silly hat thing.
He wears it (and the beard) because it's not Billy Gibbons anymore. The original Billy Gibbons retired in 1979 and there have been 2 more since then. He's like the Dread Pirate Roberts of Rock.
For real? Not sure if kidding. But seriously, Happy Birthday to the Rev. Has anyone ever heard him with bad tone or taste in note choices? I haven't. Happy Holidays Calum...... I hope to go walkabout in your neck of the woods someday.
Gibbons tells the story that he was on some sort of trip through Africa and the group he was with got to meet the chief of some tribe. the chief took a liking to Gibbon's Stetson and asked for it. Gibbons explained that where he was from people traded things, so the chief gave Gibbons his ceremonial headpiece, and Gibbons gave the chief his Stetson.
The real story is that Gibbons has long been a collector of African art and the hat is a replica of some super valuable antique that he owns. And he is indeed as bald as a cue ball - has been for quite some time.