Billy Gibbons once played a harmonic with his beard, according to Josh Homme

[L-R] Billy Gibbons and Josh Homme
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Legendary as it is, the rock community has for years been fooled into thinking Billy Gibbons' beard is a mere statement piece. But according to Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, it actually once helped the ZZ Top leader play a harmonic on his guitar.

In a new interview with Marc Maron on his WTF podcast, Homme remembers the sessions for QOTSA's Lullabies to Paralyze in 2004, and recruiting Gibbons for some guest playing. He recalls getting the bearded one into the studio with the promise of recording a cover of ZZ Top's Precious and Grace.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.