BILL’S LOVE OF MUSIC
Bill also is known as an avid music fan and supporter of the arts. In 2018, at the annual KAABOO festival in Del Mar, California, Bill got an invitation to meet backstage with the members of Stone Temple Pilots, his favorite rock-and-roll band. After quickly becoming friends with Bill, they invited him to jam with them at a future show.
Soon after, Bill was able to realize his dream of playing drums with his favorite band at the Festival at the Switchyard in Carrollton, Texas. There, Bill joined Stone Temple Pilots onstage to perform their classic hit, “Sex Type Thing,” which was captured in a video by Central Track.
Even though Bill is a left-handed drummer and the onstage drum kit was set up for the band’s right-handed drummer, he knew this was his best chance to play alongside his musical heroes. Bill rose to the challenge and rocked the house before being called back onstage for a standing ovation. “It was definitely a high point of my life,” Bill says.
Bill would go on to play a major role in KAABOO Texas, which became the first KAABOO festival outside of California. The three-day event was held in May 2019 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Bill once again will be front and center when KAABOO Texas returns next year as part of the 10-year pact with AT&T Stadium owner and Dallas Cowboys President, Jerry Jones.
BILL’S SUPPORT FOR THE ARTS
A huge lover of art, Bill is an avid collector who has traveled to visit many of the world’s most-recognizable art galleries. He is constantly engaged with the Dallas arts community, including developing friendships with many gallery owners in the Dallas Design District, much of which is owned by Dunhill Partners.
Bill is a longtime supporter and board member for the Dallas Contemporary, the city’s largest contemporary, non-collecting art museum dedicated to “exhibiting the art of our time.”
As an avid art collector, Bill will be bringing much of his collection for permanent display to the upcoming Virgin Hotel in the Dallas Design District. Dunhill Partners is the developer of the new 268-room hotel, which will be the third Virgin Hotel in the U.S. and first in Texas when it opens in October 2019.
“We wanted a flag that would be very exciting to the city of Dallas, a flag that the city didn’t have yet. [Virgin executives] thought that the cool fact of the Design District mixed perfectly with the edginess of the Virgin brand,” Bill told Dallas’ NBC 5 in an interview you can see here.