Image Courtesy of Edouard CurchodZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons brought some Texas blues to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday when he performed at an unveiling ceremony for a bust of late Czech President Vaclav Havel. The Washington Post reports that event took place at the Capitol’s Statuary Hall.

Speaker of the House John Boehner introduced Gibbons, noting that he was chosen to take part in the event because Havel, who died in 2011 at the age of 75, loved American rock music. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who dressed sharply in a sparkling jacket for the occasion, thanked the applauding crowd as he strapped on a cigar-box guitar and said, “It is indeed a great pleasure to have been allowed to accept this rather unusual, unexpected but splendid invitation honoring Vaclav Havel.”

Gibbons then explained that, after some thought, he’d chosen to play the blues standard “Baby Please Don’t Go” because Havel had briefly considered leaving his home country rather than take on the responsibility of trying to lead it from communism toward the democratic state it is today.

“Fortunately that was a very fleeting moment, which he returned and succeeded,” noted the blues rocker. Gibbons then proceeded to sing the tune with some modified lyrics.

Besides Boehner, the unveiling ceremony was attended by a variety of other notable figures, including Havel’s widow, Dagmar Havlova; Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka; House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi; and former secretary of state Madeleine Albright.

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