ZZ Top’s new album has a sneak preview in space

NASA Astronaut Michael Fossum, on his way to the International Space Station aboard the Russian Soyuz TMA-02M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhastan is treating his fellow astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the mission to a very appropriate sneak preview of a track that is slated to be in part of ZZ Top’s, as yet untitled, forthcoming album.

Fossum has maintained friendships with Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, the members of ZZ Top, for some time, dating back to even before the missions he flew aboard the US Space Shuttle in 2006 and 2008. He caught wind that one of the tracks on the new album, the band’s first studio recording since 2005, is entitled “Flyin’ High.” A excerpt from the song’s lyrics includes the following couplet:
“Flyin’ high, I’m gonna touch the sky”

The reference obviously resonates with Astronaut Fossum regarding Soyuz trajectory and docking at the International Space Station. At 120 beats-per-minute, the song should keep the crew energized during the flight.

The astronaut, who grew up in McAllen, TX and holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University might also find home state resonance in a line that chronicles a comely woman who wears “high heeled cowboy boots.”

The Texas A&M connection is underscored by the fact that Charlene “Chuck” Hill, Dusty’s wife, is also “Texas Aggie.”
During the course of his mission aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, Fossum played the band’s hit “Got Me Under Pressure,” a reference to the raising of cabin pressures during the course of that 2008 flight.

Astronaut Fossum is joined on the latest Soyuz-ISS mission by Russian cosmonaut Segei Volkov and Satoshi Furukawa of Japan’s JAXA space agency.

In the meantime. ZZ Top is on tour in North America:
06.07.11 Orlando FL US Hard Rock Cafe
06.08.11 Hollywood FL US Hard Rock Live (Seminole)
07.31.11 Big Flats NY US TAGS Summer Soundstage
08.03.11 Orillia ON CA Casino Rama
08.05.11 Mount Pleasant MI US Soaring Eagle Casino
08.06.11 Greenville WI US Greenville Lions Park
08.07.11 Hammond IN US The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
08.09.11 West Allis WI US Wisconsin State Fair
08.11.11 Prior Lake MN US Mystic Lake Casino
08.12.11 Hankinson ND US Dakota Magic Casino
08.13.11 TOWER MN US Fortune Bay Resort Casino
08.15.11 Wabash IN US Honeywell Center
08.17.11 Kettering OH US Fraze Pavilion For The Performing Arts
08.19.11 Pittsburgh PA US Stage AE Amphitheater
08.20.11 Bushkill Falls PA US Mt. Laurel Performing Arts Center
08.23.11 LANCASTER PA US American Music Theatre
08.26.11 Mashantucket CT US Foxwoods Casino
08.27.11 Gilford NH US U.S. Cellular Pavilion
08.31.11 Red Bank NJ US Count Basie Theatre
09.04.11 Cherokee NC US Harrah’s Cherokee
10.01.11 Henderson NV US Sunset Station
10.04.11 Saratoga CA US The Mountain Winery
10.05.11 Fresno CA US Paul Paul Theater
10.07.11 Wendover NV US Peppermill Wendover Casino
10.08.11 Wendover NV US Peppermill Wendover Casino

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