ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Defends Nickelback

ZZ Top legend Billy Gibbons has fired back against those who consistently disparage Canadian post-grunge rockers Nickelback. Billy appeared with the band on their 2005 track "Rockstar" and spoke with Ultimate Classic Rock about his experience with them.

"'Rockstar' was quite an unexpected success," Gibbons began.

"We were touring the U.S., up the North West. It was the day before our own show, they were playing and we were curious, so we popped down to catch the band's performance. You have to note the great vocal stylings that Chad Kroeger can bring to the party. Man, he can sing for days."

He adds the Kroeger then invited him to the studio to appear on the track:

"He had most of it but felt he needed something extra, so he called me up to see if we could make some sense of it. He dreamed up the vocal inflection that I sang, and I reckon it came out OK."

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