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Singer reveals a high-profile razor firm offered him and bandmate Dusty Hill the money to star in one of their adverts

ZZ Top mainman Billy Gibbons has revealed that he and bandmate Dusty Hill once turned down an offer of $1 million (£638,000) to shave off their beards.

The singer, who has sported a very lengthy beard since the group’s formation, told Brave Worlds that he and Hill were approached by Gillette, who offered them the staggering amount of money to shave.

Though still a hefty wedge by today’s standards, the offer came in 1984, meaning it would be worth $2.25 million (£1.44 million) in 2012.

Asked why he turned it down, Gibbons said: “No dice. Even adjusted for inflation, this isn’t going to fly. They prospect of seeing oneself in the mirror clean-shaven is too close to a Vincent Price film … a prospect not to be contemplated, no matter the compensation.”

The pair and their drummer, who is fittingly named Frank Beard, are currently working on their long-awaited 15th studio album in their home studio. The record, which is currently untitled, will be their first since 2003’s ‘Mescalero’.