Skip to comments.ZZ Top: Jesus Just Left Chicago (Live 2010)
Posted on 08/06/2011 3:59:35 PM PDT by Reaganite Republican
From Eric Clapton's 'Crossroads 2010' last year- it don't get any better than this...
One o9f my fave’s Yeah eheah ha..
Are you telling me that the guys are Republicans? Billy loves, and uses, amps built by my friend Mike Zaite, Dr. Z. I have two, and you can’t do better!
I think the concert as a whole was a little on the tame side for my son, but we both enjoyed it. ZZ Top still puts on a great show.
Been a fan since the first time I heard ‘em. Always impressed me how they could do so much with so little - only 3 players, a handful of chords, and a spareness of riffs.
They’ve had a habit of making up for it in attitude ;-)
I like Tres Hombres but Rio Grande Mud has to be my all time favorite album by ZZT. I'd probably not recognize him but Beard lives on an appropriately named ranch several miles down the road. Thanks for the music!
ZZ Top and Skynyrd!!!
I envy you!
I say ZZ Top in 79 and 83, and “Rossington Collins” the year after the plane crash... and that was more Skynyrd than the current band
For a finale, they played Free Bird as an instrumental, with a lone spotlight on Ronnie VZ’s abandoned mike... touching
Gimme Three Steps still one of the best songs I’ve ever heard... and All-American as it gets
You are more than welcome, those who don’t check out the early albums are truly missing out on something
I’ve loved ZZ Top since the Tres Hombres album when I first heard them. Saw them in concert in 76 at a bicentennial stadium extravaganza in Memphis. Opener was Blue Oyster Cult followed by The Outlaws, next up was Lynryd Skynryd (before the plane crash).
I told my buddy that ZZ Top should not have headlined against those bands and their many guitar slingers. I figured they would be OK but that a 3 piece couldn’t generate enough excitement after what we had just watched. Particularly Skynryd ending with Free Bird. Wrong, wrong and wrong again. That “little ole band from Texas” came out and just plainly and simply kicked butt and took names.
This is when they would come out of “Jailhouse Rock” and do the “Back Door Love Affair Medley” with Dusty and Billy throwing barbs at each other...”he thinks he’s real bad but they don’t call me the Texas home wrecker and heart breaker for nothing.” Quite honestly I think the Stones should warm up for ZZ Top.
“My Papa leaned toward Moma and said Let that boy boogie woogie. It’s in ‘im and it’s got to come out.” As Billy would say; “It’s the same three guys and the same three chords.” Boogie Woogie boys and never ever stop.
Saw ZZ Top at the County Fairgrounds in Tampa, FL in July 1975.
The were second billed to Johnny Winter.
Also on the program: Marshall Tucker, War, Wet Willie, Atlanta Rhythm Section and this odd band named KISS
thank you. this is just the nudge I needed to pick up my strat.
Said he was a nice guy who enjoyed talking to fans with no pretense about him. Dressed about the same way as he appears on stage, LOL.
Sorry - just using using your thread for a great band (ZZ Top) for a shameless plug of my latest & greatest guitar hero :), who I hadn't even heard of until a few months ago.
Have Mercy..I’ve got my Tele smokin’ right now.
“Rumor spreadin’ round... in that Texas town... ‘bout that shack outside La Garange. Just let me know if you wanna go to that home out on the range..They got a lotta nice girls uh.”
“Master of Sparks” needs some air play!
And I’ve been told by more than one person CHRISTIAN and REPUBLICAN... good guys, these three
You’re an a@@hole that links to your blog and has Youtube carry the weight. Your commentary isn’t worth the link.
Dr. Zs are great amps, I wish I could afford one, will just settle for my Reverend Hellhound. “Blue Jean Blues” is great as well.
Doc prices his amps at a very affordable level for what they are. One Saturday, he called me, and asked that I bring my ‘57 Strat to his shop. I sat there and played whilst he tweaked the prototype Maz Jr! He subbed in caps as I played. My total input was to say things like, “Doc, that second cap sounded better.” He did everything. We were both amazed at the sound of that prototype. I played 13th chords in dropped D tuning, which usually turn to mud. But abdo-lute clarity!
I headed to Florida the next day, but couldn’t get that amp’s sound outa my head! Called him a couple days later, and said that I had to have one. He knew I was a fan of the Celestion/Vox Blue speakers, so he built me a single 12” amp. Probably #2 or #3. Killer! Been in a bunch of studios in Cleveland and Columbus, most notably on Neil Zaza’s cd “Staring At The Sun.”
I just think it’s so cool that the Maz Jr was tweaked to my playing my ‘57, San Marino Blue Strat! Thanks Doc! I also have an early Prescription with two Blues, and a master volume. Probably the only one! Two Blues again. I told Mike that my cats were fleeing when I turned it on!
Look at my history, loser
“They were there with Skynyrd.”
Then you probably saw my good friend Steve Cerkvencic playing lead guitar. He’s been their go to guy for years!
They are coming to So. MD in a couple of weeks with Joan Jett. Can’t wait!
What are their characteristics? Do they sound like tube amps? Are they more like a Fender Twin Reverb, or a Marshall? Just curious. I have an old Ampeg tube amp that I love.
Enjoy your weekend-
” I have an old Ampeg tube amp that I love.”
A good buddy just got the first model Jet amp. Badged to an Italian company! Rare as hen’s teeth! He’s sleeping with it tonight! Doc’s amps are all tubes.
Doc has so many models that characterization really is not possible. But he has been influenced by both Marshall, and Vox. But he improves on them! He uses the 12BH7 tube in very interesting ways. When I first met Doc, he was only selling to Rock guys. Met him when I was selling a Transonic to George Bradfute, who was playing with Web Wilder. I got onstage and played :Highlander Boogie” so Doc knew I wasn’t completely incompetent. At that time, I was using my ‘64 Vibroverb for both Tele and pedal steel. My best sound ever. But guys were starting to “eye” that amp, so I retired it. Saw his booth at the Cleveland Guitar Show, and played his lame Strat for a half hour. Took in the Blue Angel the next day, and played for an hour. I told him he had to get the Prescription down to Nashville. The rest is history!
Very cool. Thanks for the detailed response! Sounds like you’re a pretty accomplished musician. Nothing better than playing at the end of the day, and forgetting the scary state of the world.
I really owe Doc a lunch. Maybe this next week. His amps are the best, at extraordinarily reasonable prices. Find a dealer, and try them out!
My son also ran into Billy in Nashville. Billy had about six drinks too many at that point. My son said hanging with him was one of the most fun things that has happened to him since he moved to Nashville.
“Saw them in concert in 76 at a bicentennial stadium extravaganza in Memphis”
I was at that show and you must have been doing some good dope. ZZ Topp was all show and no go. Skynyrd blew the crowd away. A week later in New Orleans at the Sugar Bowl ZZ Topp refused to let Skynyrd open, fired them from the tour and a riot ensued. No one played the second half of that concert. ZZ Topp hasn’t played a live song onstage since about 1979, it’s all prerecorded and lip-synched. Very good Vegas type act though
Saw ZZ Top in 1982 before they became all world. The came out wearing mechanic overalls. I was standing on the stage and could hear Billy singing & talking between songs. Sorry, but they was still rocking hard & live then.
Meant to say leaning on the stage, not standing on it lol. So much for proof-reading :)
Now is that a real 57 strat you have or a reissue?
I just checked that Maz Jr. out. That’s the kind of amp I like....pick up and go.
“Now is that a real 57 strat you have or a reissue?”
The real thing. I traded a ‘58 Bassman to get it. It’s San Marino Blue, the same color as Caddy Eldorado ‘57 convertibles of the same year. An amazing guitar!
This is one of my favorite songs:
James Cotton, Slow Blues
Joe is the real deal. Saw him twice this year. Never ceases to amaze. Love me some Rev Willie G also. Time to Jam.
I’ve seen them in 3 different decades. Always a good show.
Saw the band in 1973 just as “Tres Hombres” was released. Ticket price was a blistering $1.25. Awsome.
>>...Ever see/hear the Joe Bonamassa cover of Just Got Paid?...<<
Meh... He just does not have the voice for blues-rock. Dude can wear-out a guitar (and I respect that!), but his voice seems more suited to Christopher Cross covers.
I got ripped off! I payed $4 to see Aerosmith in 74!
I did. So what? You're a blog pimp.
Saw them in Jacksonville in ‘73. They opened for Deep Purple. Then at the Tulsa Speeedway later. They were the headliner and came on after Brownsville Station and Blue Oyster Cult. My favorite song from Tres Hombres is “Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers”.
Sweet sounding amps based on the video’s at the web site. Bit pricey, IMO. Will stick with my Delta Blues. :)