ZZ Top and Jeff Beck Get the Blues to Find Common Ground

The Joint, August 16


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Although both ZZ Top and Jeff Beck have deep roots in the blues, this pairing of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers was one of significantly disparate styles, with the former steeped in Texas boogie while the latter has engaged in more than four decades of continuous exploration. Beck’s hourlong set bounced between daring instrumentals and the inclusion of vocalist Jimmy Hall, whose soulful delivery powered “Morning Dew” and “A Change Is Gonna Come.” But it was the British guitar legend who amazed with his exploits, squeezing a seemingly infinite array of notes from his Fender Stratocaster with relative ease, whether it was with a fiery flurry or tender precision.

ZZ Top rolled out a Texas-size supply of hits during their set, including “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Cheap Sunglasses” and “Legs,” as guitarist Billy Gibbons and bassist Dusty Hill playfully shared dance steps, grinning behind their trademark beards and dark sunglasses. The veteran trio also dove deep into the blues, honoring Jimi Hendrix with “Foxy Lady” before laying into “Catfish Blues” and “My Head’s in Mississippi.” Beck joined ZZ Top for the final four songs, trading licks with Gibbons on “Rough Boy,” “La Grange,” “Tush” and a cover of “Sixteen Tons.” It was an epic pairing, this convergence of rock icons, two distinctive artists sharing common ground. ★★★★✩

Photos by Erik Kabik/ ErikKabik.com


Jeff Beck
Morning Dew
You Know You Know
Why Give It Away
A Change Is Gonna Come
You Never Know
Day In the Life
Big Block
Danny Boy
Rollin’ and Tumblin’
Going Down

ZZ Top
Got Me Under Pressure
Waitin’ for the Bus
Jesus Just Left Chicago
Gimme All Your Lovin’
I Gotsta Get Paid
Flyin’ High
Foxy Lady
Catfish Blues
My Head’s in Mississippi
Cheap Sunglasses
Sharp Dressed Man

ENCORE (with Jeff Beck)
Rough Boy
La Grange
Sixteen Tons