ZZ Top has been laying down some of the rawest blues riffs for the past four decades, and yet the band is still so heavy and so relevant that it’s no wonder the shows at the Beacon Theater these past two nights have been so well received by both fans and the media.
I’ve seen a lot of shows this summer. (Some may even argue too many shows…) Yet this was without a doubt one of the most rocking and downright entertaining.
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Of course the music is first and foremost. Tell me, who today plays a nastier blues guitar than Mr. Billy Gibbons? No one. Together with bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard, the trio is so powerful and has so much fun on stage that you can’t help but be sucked in to the act.
And come on, their songs are just so good! “Cheap Sunglasses,” “Just Got Paid,” “Jesus Left Chicago,” “La Grange” — these have to be some of the best songs ever written! Throw some slower blues jams into the mix, and you’ve got yourself a perfect concert. (I’m not the only one to use the word “perfect” in my review. None other than Ben Ratliff of the New York Times gave this praise to the Sunday night concert.)
I went Monday night. But my husband and his buddy went Sunday night — and then again on Monday because Sunday was so good! (Ticket hint: Our friend bought a discounted ticket the day of the show and scored a sweet seat only seven rows from the stage. Nice.)
I’m super excited to hear ZZ Top is working on a new album with Rick Rubin, for not only will this produce some more killer tunes, but it should also guarantee more touring. Bring it on!