Wyclef Jean, ZZ Top fan? Apparently. Jean is among the artists paying homage to “that little ol’ band from Texas” on an upcoming album, “A Tribute From Friends.” The 11 tracks, to come out Oct. 11, feature classic ZZ Top tunes redone by Jean (“Rough Boy”), as well as Nickelback (“Legs”) and Wolfmother (“Cheap Sunglasses”). “We were told there was going to be a ZZ Top tribute album a while ago and logically asked, ‘Who are we paying tribute to?’ Then we found out that a bunch of great artists were paying tribute to us and we were in disbelief,” the band — Billy F. Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard — said in a statement. “For the past 40 or so years, all we’ve done is get out there and crank it and try to have a good time while doing so. … So that would be reward enough for ‘the same three guys playing the same three chords.’” … Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minn., told supporters God was sending a message to Washington politicians through the earthquake and hurricane that pummeled the East Coast this weekend, according to a report in the St. Petersburg Times. While giving a speech, Bachmann said: “I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’ Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending.” Bachmann’s press secretary told reporters she was “saying it in jest” to prove a point.
Names in the news, Aug. 30: Wyclef Jean, Michele Bachman