Gibbons and Hill reached deep into their songbook and pulled out some lesser known tunes like “Jesus Just Left Chicago” and “Been Waitin’ For a Bus”, then managed to squeeze in covers from Muddy Waters, Willie Brown, Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix, the latter of which they had toured with in the early days. The scraggly looking bearded ones did a great job with “Hey Joe” and “Jailhouse Rock”.
ZZ did a great job of drawing the crowd in with movement and incredible guitar work by Gibbons, easily one of the most underrated guitarists out there today. As well as with old standbys “I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide”, “Cheap Sunglasses”, and “Just Got Paid”.
Of course no ZZ Top show would be complete without the early MTV video hits of “Legs”, “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Gimme All Your Lovin”. These were backed up on the giant screen with original video clips from the era, in which Gibbon and Hill used their custom furry white guitars.
With over 40 years of catalog to use, the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees played through it as though they had seen the attendees ahead of time. There were all walks of life in the room from those with no facial hair at all to those who looked like stunt doubles for the band. The show ended with “LaGrange” and “Tush” as the bands encore songs. These guys show no signs of slowing as they are currently working with Rick Rubin to produce new material, “the same three guys” for all these years.
As stated earlier it was a great show to break in a new venue and ZZ didn’t disappoint the 4000 plus people in attendance. The venue did have some noticeable inconveniences, the security checkpoint may have been thought out a little better, as well as lighting on the stairways, but overall it will make for a fantastic arena and serve to draw some acts that will desire a smaller intimate audience.