Three days ago, a Reddit user uploaded a photo of “Zee Zee Top” playing a prom in Texas. The Huffington Post picked up the image (above), and it quickly went viral. According to HuffPo, “The photo matches up with an account of a 1971 appearance at the Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School prom.”
Then, seeming to corroborate the year, a commentor on the Reddit thread wrote:
This is from my dad’s senior prom in May 1971! This was taken at Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School in Orange, Texas.
Apparently some time between signing the contract to play for the dance and the actual prom itself, the band broke out big. They tried to get out of the contract, but the school couldn’t find a replacement on such short notice so ZZ Top still performed. My dad said that people were climbing through the windows, crashing their prom, just to hear the band play. This was all at a really small school with a graduating class of around 100, maybe less. I’ll try to get him to scan his yearbook that has this exact picture in it.Sorry to hijack the top comment.
I called Gibbons, who was traveling on a bus from Nashville to North Carolina, to ask him for more details about the photo in question:
Obviously, you’ve seen the image.