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Watch Billy Gibbons Play "La Grange" During a Birthday Party at The Foundry

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Yesterday morning, ZZ Top fans got some bad news: The Texas blues rock legends have been forced to drop out of their upcoming gig in Frisco with Jimmy Buffet. The culprit? Bassist Dusty Hill's fractured shoulder.

But if you happened to be at the right birthday party last Saturday, you've already gotten your fix, thanks to an appearance by the one and only Billy Gibbons.

The ZZ Top guitarist and onetime Dallas resident was in town for a "dear friend's" birthday party at The Foundry and hopped onstage for a private show with R&B band the Relatives. Video posted on Instagram over the weekend by Modern Electric Sound Recorders' owner Jeffrey Saenz shows Gibbons and company jamming out on "La Grange."

THEE TEXAS GENTLEMAN HIMSELF. HAPPY BIRTHDAY @kid_coyle !!!! #billyfgibbons #jordanfordy

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Gibbons wasn't the only big hitter on stage, though.

"It was a pretty all-star cast," says Saenz. Also onstage were Charlie Sexton, Mike Flanagan and Carson McHone. "When I got there, Charlie Sexton and Mike Flanagan where up there trading off leading songs." Of the birthday party host, Saenz says, "Dude knows how to throw a party."

The video shows Gibbons appearing to have a blast, stopping the music and cupping his ears to get the crowd excited. "I had a bit of a heads up as to what was going to go down, but I think it was a surprise to many of the folks there," says Saenz.

Gibbons' set wasn't just a one and done, either.

"He played at least seven or eight tunes," says Saenz. "About half of them were classic ZZ. He did 'Foxy Lady,' and a tune called 'The Drifter' off of Mike Flanagan's new record of the same name, and a couple others."

After he'd put down his guitar, Gibbons stayed around for the rest of the night's festivities, as well. "Well, after he played we all headed back to our secret hideout on the other side of the Trinity," says Saenz with a laugh.

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