Over the past 40 plus years ZZ Top has become one of the most successful Blues/Rock acts in history. In 2004 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for their contributions to the music community, and well deserved I might add.
Guitarist Billy Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard were influenced by such blues greats as Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker which can be heard in most of their hits and shows when performing live for all the screaming fans on this cool Thursday Los Angeles , Ca. night.
The lights went out and over the duration of about 90 minute set, the band led us through a predominantly ‘early-years’ set, delivering drenched rock – classics like set opener ‘Got Me Under Pressure’, ‘Jesus Just Left Chicago’, to the Texas boys cover of the (Robert Petway Cover) hit “Catfish Blues” through to more modern ZZ Top’s catalog with ‘Legs’.
As I watched ZZ Top perform, the reverse was true with Gibbons and his ZZ Top vocal performance . I swear, it sounds as if at age 66, the man sounds better than ever. His voice retains a remarkable soulful blues sound as I was in awe how Billy can switch from his sludgy, dirty low – down blues sound to the smooth, radio-friendly hit’s of ‘Gimme All Your Lovin’ & ‘Sharp Dressed Man’ with out missing a beat.
Gibbons and his bandmates – veterans bassist “Duster”, “The Dust” and drummer Frank Beard – played songs as if they were performing a tour to support a brand-new album.
ZZ Top is one of just a few bands to have held the same lineup for more than 45 years, ZZ Top has been praised by critics and fellow musicians alike for their love of the blues which was on full display on this packed Greek Theater night.
Waitin’ For The Bus
- Got Me Under Pressure
Waitin’ For The Bus
Jesus Just Left Chicago
- Gimme All Your Lovin
- I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide
- I Gotsta Get Paid
- Foxy Lady (Jimi Hendrix Cover)
- Catfish Blues (Robert Petway Cover)
- Sixteen Tons (Merle Travis Cover)
- Sharp Dressed Man
La Grange/Sloppy Drunk
(Bar-B-Q snippet at the end)
Greek Theater Show Pictures:
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