Forty-four years — spanning the war in Vietnam, a famous beard, ZZ Top, and a nod to psychedelia in the form of an iPad-embedded guitar — stood between the Moving Sidewalks’ last performance in 1969 and and their most recent, in March at New York’s B.B. King Blues Club and Grill.
“If there had been any trepidation at the beginning, it evaporated within the first 10 seconds,” said frontman Billy Gibbons, who flew from Australia, where his other band was on tour, to New York for the show. “We hadn’t even played 12 bars, it was like we were back in ’69 where we left off.” The set included the Sidewalks’ big single, “99th Floor,” a slightly twisted song with a bouncy, bluesy rhythm and an organ out of an Edgar Allen Poe story; they also played their wacky cover of the Beatles’ “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and the Troggs’ “Wild Thing.”
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Austin Psych Fest
With: The Moving Sidewalks, Roky Erickson, Black Angels and more
When: Friday-Sunday, April 26-28
Where: Carson Creek Ranch, 9501 Sherman Road.
Cost: $150 weekend pass; $210 weekend pass with camping; $60 single-day tickets