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Dean Vendetta guitar signed by ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons raises $16,000.00


TAMPA, FL – News reached the offices of Dean Guitars HQ, that one of its legendary Dean Vendetta guitars, autographed by another legend, Billy Gibbons of ZZ TOP raised $16,000.00. The story of how this came to be is even stranger.

Texas attorney Ken Odom and his assistant, Diana Thibodeaux, are long-time supporters of the Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum in Cuero, TX. He is also a big fan of Dean Guitars. Recently, he found himself in possession of a pre-owned Dean Vendetta guitar. As a labor of love, along with his son, Ken stripped down the instrument, refinished it, and laser etched the logo of the museum into the instrument. Ken and Diana then packaged the instrument along with a Dean amplifier, tuner, and strap and presented it to the museum’s auction committee for their biennial “Taste of the Trail” dinner and auction. The package was a hit with the committee.

To sweeten the deal, another auction committee member, who was heading to see ZZ Top in San Antonio, came up with the idea of getting ZZ Top to sign the guitar. After some behind-the-scenes wrangling, ZZ Top founder Billy Gibbons signed the treasured instrument.

The Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum is dedicated to the cowboy and agricultural history of Cuero, TX, and its surrounding areas. Its -biennial “Taste of the Trail” Dinner is a large part of its fundraising efforts. This year proved to be a massive success.

The Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum’s “Taste of the Trail” dinner was held on Saturday, April 13, 2024. The highlight of the evening, after an intense bidding war, the Billy Gibbons autographed Dean Vendetta Guitar package sold for a whopping $16,000.00 to a private buyer. The proceeds will support the museum’s continuing efforts.

ZZ TOP will embark on a European tour this summer. The band’s first shows on the continent in five years will consist of stops in nine countries, including festivals and indoor headline shows, starting in Sweden on June 28 before coming to Norway, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, France and the U.K., and wrapping up in Switzerland on July 16.

“It’s been a while since we’ve been able to check in with our European fans, so it goes without saying that we’re excited about coming back this summer,” said ZZ TOP frontman Billy Gibbons. “We’re looking forward to a good time and that goes for both those in the audience and on stage.”

ZZ TOP‘s 2024 European tour dates are:
June 28 – Rattvik, Sweden, Dalhalla Festival
June 29 – Oslo, Norway, Tons Of Rock Festival
July 01 – Arhus, Denmark, Tivoli
July 02 – Halle, Germany, Peissnitzinsel
July 03 – Sperken, Austria, Castle Clam
July 05 – Bonn, Germany, Kuntstrasen
July 06 – Berlin, Germany, Zitadelle
July 08 – Amsterdam, Netherlands, AFAS Live
July 09 – Paris, France, La Villette
July 11 – London, UK, OVO Arena Wembley
July 13 – Wolfsburg, Autostadt Festival
July 14 – Munich, Germany, Tollwood Festival
July 16 – Sion, Switzerland, Sion Festival

ZZ TOP played without the now deceased bassist and founder DUSTY Hill prior to his passing at the Village Commons in New Lenox, Illinois after he was forced to return to Texas to address a hip issue. Filling in for him at the gig was longtime guitar tech Elwood Francis.

On July 21, ZZ TOP canceled its concert in Evansville, Indiana because of a “health issue within the band,” according to local news outlet Evansville Courier & Press.

SiriusXM radio personality Eddie Trunk shared a message he received from ZZ TOP frontman Billy Gibbons about the group’s future plans.

Trunk tweeted: “Received this just now via text from @BillyFGibbons regarding passing of Dusty Hill @ZZTop . Billy told me okay to share w/fans: As Dusty said upon his departure, ‘Let the show go on!’.and…with respect, we’ll do well to get beyond this and honor his wishes.”

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