ZZ Top

Sunset Station Amphitheater, Oct. 1

There are many times in our lives when we face the dilemma of having to decide between quality and quantity, but a rock concert is one place you hope to get plenty of both. Unfortunately, the legendary “little ol’ band from Texas” left many of its fans feeling shortchanged after delivering a set that was big on hits but short on time. The Saturday-night outdoor setting seemed perfect for a great evening, and the band obliged early with fuzz-toned rocker “Got Me Under Pressure” and bluesy classic “Waitin’ for the Bus/Jesus Just Left Chicago.” With four decades of songs to draw from, frontman Billy Gibbons teased fans with promises of “a lot of old stuff, a lot of new stuff,” but the 16-song set fell far short of that. Yes, the enthusiastic crowd was rewarded with boogie-and-blues favorites “Cheap Sunglasses” and “Just Got Paid,” while a trio of tunes—“Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Legs”—highlighted ZZ Top’s MTV-fueled 1980s-era superstardom. But after performing hard-driving classics “La Grange” and “Tush,” the band left the stage without so much as a goodbye after a quick hour and 20 minutes. Many fans remained in their seats even after the house lights came on, convinced there was still more to come. With tickets ranging up to $150 and with such a bountiful catalog of songs to draw from, ZZ Top owed their fans more than they delivered.

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