ZZ not so Top

October 10, 2012

Let me start by saying, "I love ZZ Top". I love the beards, I love the swagger, I love the cool. Billy is a sensational guitarist, Dusty is steady on the bottom end, and Frank is rock solid on the skins (and it's quite a rig he's banging on too). I've been listening to them for years. I own most of their albums, downloaded bootlegs, and DVD's. That said, this was my very first live experience with them and it left me wanting...More, way more! I was waiting for this show for months. I thought the show was great, but way, way too short. They played for only one hour and fifteen minutes. That is way too short a show at $100+ a ticket. What gives? Was it an abbreviated casino show? This was way shorter than any show I've seen in the last few years. I could have listened to ZZ Top for hours. This is why I rated the show only as "good". Make no mistake, the show was awesome. The venue was very nice (also my first time). I had 9th row center seats - excellent view of Billy and Dusty. The music was terrific, the song selection was very good. They played a lot of the old stuff you might want to hear, but I would have liked to have heard more (like - Rough Boy, Doubleback, TV Dinners, I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide, Sleeping Bag, Velcro Fly, etc.). How about, more from Rythmeen (only 'Vincent Price Blues', but what about Rythmeen or Black Fly), maybe a song or two from XXX (none, what about Poke Chop Sandwich or Sinpusher), and definitely a few songs from Mescalero (none, how about Mescalero, Alley-Gator, Buck Nekkid, or Two Ways To Play), and a few more from the new album (from which they only played one - "I Gotsta Get Paid"). So, although they were killer, I'm just not satisfied by a show that clocks in at 75 minutes. Come on guys, you can do way more than that for your fans. If you need a break then have an intermission, freshen up, come out and do a second set. How can you be satisfied by a set where you barely break a sweat? You guys have such a great catalog of songs. You're Rock and Roll Hall of Famers! You can easily fill two hours or more with great music, like many other touring bands do from your era. I think you owe it to the fans to play a longer show. If you do, I'll be there!

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  1. Re: ZZ not so Top

    October 10, 2012

    I agree with you 100% except for the choice of songs that you wanted to hear. IMO XXX and Mescalero were garbage. I've been a fan for 40 years and have seen them a total of 14 times. I've seen every tour that I wanted to see including Tres Hombres tour, World Wide Texas tour, Deguello tour, El Loco tour, Eliminator tour, Afterburner tour, Recycler tour, Rhythmeen tour, Mescallero tour and a few more that didn't support an album. I've seen them play 3 1/2 hour shows back in the old days to these mini shows that you mentioned. When they were in their prime they were a live wire on stage. Nobody could touch their energy and stage presence!! Unfortunately they, along with a lot of us, have gotten older and their stage show shows it.

  2. Re: ZZ not so Top

    October 11, 2012

    BTW.........who opened the show for them?

  3. Re: ZZ not so Top

    October 12, 2012

    A 3 1/2 hour show in the old days? That would be well over 40 songs in one show. What was the date and city ?

  4. Re: ZZ not so Top

    October 12, 2012

    trainarollin wrote:
    A 3 1/2 hour show in the old days? That would be well over 40 songs in one show. What was the date and city ?

    Florence, Al. 1973.....40 songs???? Hell no!!! ZZ used to jam a LOT back in the day. Ever see a 10 minute version of Brown Sugar or Going down to Mexico? I have a few times. They also used to do the Backdoor medley every show too. Something else that they have gotten away from is old blues covers. Also gone are the days of 2-3 encores.

    Little trivia bit.........Tush was written in the dressing room of the Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum before the show that I listed above.

  5. Re: ZZ not so Top

    October 24, 2012

    a group that plays as many shows a yr as the boyzz do cant do 2hr plus shows Id rather have them show up every yr on my doorstep and play for the hour and a half they do then show up every 4 or 5 yrs and play a set like the eagles do or bruce springsteen does nothin against those guys but they dont tour every year or do near as many shows when they do. Been goin to see the boyzz since 75. Live is the best doesnt matter how long or what they play They always deliver the goods would I want a two hr show where they play stuff ive never heard before? Sure. Just isnt gonna happen We as fans are lucky they go out on the road so much. What we get is special Worth the money to me

  6. Re: ZZ not so Top

    November 4, 2012

    I agree with the original poster in regards to the length and set list selections. And yes, Top is my favorite band and I was fortunate enough to catch their show twice this year alone, bringing my total since '86 to 12 concerts. And while I can accept and understand a low-profile stage show these days, with their 40+ yr catalog, the show should be at least 2 hours and have a wider variety of songs. As career defining as the songs are, I don't need to hear "Sharp Dressed Man", "Legs", "Waitin" and "Jesus" again anytime soon. I think they have been played at every show I have ever seen. Much less "Stages" & "Vincent Price". However, it was so cool to hear new songs played at Durham! "Chartreuse" & "Gotsta". I haven't been able to play anything else in the truck since "La Futura" was released, absolutely brilliant piece of work! And no matter what they want to play, bless 'em for still doing it all these years, I'll always show up and be thankful to be able to hear rock roll as it was meant to be played. Rock on.

  7. Re: ZZ not so Top

    November 5, 2012

    Saw them for the third time since Mescalero last night. They played 6 (2 new) songs that I'd never seen them do before from an 18 song set - not bad if you ask me. I absolutely enjoyed the show. I would have liked a couple more tunes thrown in, but what can ya do?

  8. Re: ZZ not so Top

    November 5, 2012

    I follow the Pretenders and ZZ Top...was in heaven a few yerars back when they toured together. When the P's headline, 1 hr 15 min is about it. I would love more too, but at their age, that's it.

  9. Re: ZZ not so Top

    November 22, 2012

    Saw them in Philly 6 weeks ago. Show was way too short but I understand. It must be hell traveling and putting on 4-5 shows/wk at their age. They didn't play "Stages", "Thunderbird" or some of the other ones which they played earlier this year in Europe. And Billy hardly put any effort into the show. They didn't play "Just got Paid" where Billy tears it up on slide. The Europe shows were very good if you've seen youtube clips. And show did not compare to 2008 shows. I just wish I had seen them in the 90's or early 2000's.

    Just viewed a nice 1991 show in Hartford with big yellow or pink hollow body Bolin guitars. Included "Love Thing", "Tell it", "Sleeping Bag", "Give it up", "2000 Blues" and some super hot chicks dressed as construction workers. Great show.

    Mescalero and XXX are fantastic albums. There is so much experimenting and guitar tones (especially XXX) it's fantastic. "Crucifixx A Flat", "Fearless Boogie", "36-24-36" and live stuff! Come on.

    And I'm getting sick of seeing this guy Joe Bonamassa cover ZZ Top tunes. Sure he has good hands but he's not blessed with creativity or soul or funk like the masters.

    Eric Clapton needs to do a documentary on Billy or VH1 Classic Albums has to cover Tres Hombres or Eliminator. Billy is such a diverse and colorful guitarist/person - one of the only ones left. I'm a huge Trower fan, too. Still puts on a fantastic show and is true to his art. Very colorful.