Black Keys Collaborate with ZZ Top!

ZZ Top (left) and the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach (right)
Melissa Goldstein

The Black Keys will join ZZ Top's Billy F. Gibbons to pen new material in a Los Angeles studio this weekend, where ZZ Top are recording their forthcoming back-to-basics blues rock album with producer Rick Rubin. [Via]

"I'm such a big fan of those guys ... it makes total sense," Gibbons said of the Black Keys, adding, "That's pretty down and dirty, which is good for ZZ Top."

ZZ Top is the latest in a string of iconic admirers for the Black Keys, who were recently fawned over by the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde and Devo at a Democratic party fundraiser in their hometown Akron, OH. "She knew who we were," Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach explained of Hynde. "Both she and [Devo's] Mark [Mothersbaugh] were saying the nicest things, about how we made them feel proud of Akron again. It was a heartwarming experience."

The Black Keys will release a concert DVD, entitled Live at the Crystal Ballroom, on November 18 with three extra music videos plus footage of the Keys recording their latest album, Attack & Release, with Danger Mouse.

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