ZZ Top

House of Blues, Dec. 5

Those sharp dressed men—bassist Dusty Hill and guitarist Billy Gibbons—entered the stage with their signature look. A still-beardless Frank Beard pounded the drums.

The trio powered through an 80-minute set without any breaks. The show, which also promoted their new album, La Futura, was a warm and fuzzy look back at four decades of ZZ Top’s bluesy music and rockin’ hits. Video clips, live shots of the band and other visuals enhanced the songs. Classic MTV videos played alongside “Gimme All Your Lovin’” and “Legs.” Movie clips of Vincent Price accompanied “Vincent Price Blues.” Folks kicked up their heels to “Tube Snake Boogie.” For their last few songs, including “La Grange” and “Tush,” Gibbons and Hill switched out their guitars for those crazy white and fuzzy ones that spin. The only thing that would have completed the experience was if they actually spun those guitars live just once. Well, at least the guitars spun in the video clip. Overall, a solid performance. ZZ Top has legs. ★★★★☆

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