October 8, 1987: ZZ Top Buy Tickets to Fly to the Moon
Stephane Danna, AFP
Boogie trio ZZ Top may seem like down-home Texas bar rock good ol' boys, but Billy Gibbons, Frank Beard and Dusty Hill have a not-so-secret space rock side.
In 1987 the band made advance bookings for seats on the first passenger flight to the moon. Although they've yet to be able to cash in on their tickets, they've had some legit flirtations with outerspace.
To start, their Afterburner album cover features the iconic ZZ Top car restyled into a space shuttle. Better though, astronaut Michael Fossum brought a copy of the band's appropriately themed song "Flyin' High" with him on a mission to the International Space Station in 2011.
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