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ZZ Top: Jesus Just Left Chicago (Live 2010)
Reaganite Republican ^ | August 6, 2011 | Reaganite Republican

Posted on 08/06/2011 3:59:35 PM PDT by Reaganite Republican

"I'm talkin' about The Hero, now..."

From Eric Clapton's 'Crossroads 2010' last year- it don't get any better than this...

After opening for such major bands as Humble Pie and Janis Joplin when they played Texas, ZZ Top were making themselves known. 1973's Tres Hombres completed the task when it went all the way to #8 on the Billboard Album chart. The record featured the single "La Grange", which of course went on to be a concert staple that has played on FM radio forever (although the first time I heard it was on AM radio when I was eleven!).

In January 1973 ZZ Top was asked by Mick Jagger to fly out to Hawaii and open for the Rolling Stones at upcoming Honolulu shows- almost thirty years and millions of albums later, they sound better than ever...
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More on one of the greatest  American bands there ever was... -here-


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; History; Music/Entertainment; Religion
KEYWORDS: blues; clapton; rock; zztop
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1 posted on 08/06/2011 3:59:42 PM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

One o9f my fave’s Yeah eheah ha..


2 posted on 08/06/2011 4:04:37 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: Reaganite Republican

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!


3 posted on 08/06/2011 4:06:57 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Reaganite Republican
I went to one of their concerts a few months back. My 21 year old son went with me. They were there with Skynyrd.

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.

4 posted on 08/06/2011 4:07:30 PM PDT by susannah59
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To: Reaganite Republican

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 ;-)


5 posted on 08/06/2011 4:08:29 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Reaganite Republican
...1973's Tres Hombres completed the task when it went all the way to #8 on the Billboard...

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!

6 posted on 08/06/2011 4:10:26 PM PDT by theymakemesick
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To: susannah59
They were there with Skynyrd.

ZZ Top and Skynyrd!!!

I envy you!

7 posted on 08/06/2011 4:11:37 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Rush, Hannity......Nuff said.)
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To: rockrr
Yep... that, talent, and personality mixed with a sense of humor sorely lacking in today's self absorbed nothings that rule the charts
8 posted on 08/06/2011 4:21:02 PM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: The Cajun

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


9 posted on 08/06/2011 4:24:53 PM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: theymakemesick

You are more than welcome, those who don’t check out the early albums are truly missing out on something


10 posted on 08/06/2011 4:26:34 PM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

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.


11 posted on 08/06/2011 4:34:20 PM PDT by Graneros ("It is no exaggeration to say that the undecided could go one way or another.")
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To: Reaganite Republican

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


12 posted on 08/06/2011 4:40:38 PM PDT by SonofReagan
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To: Reaganite Republican

thank you. this is just the nudge I needed to pick up my strat.


13 posted on 08/06/2011 4:44:06 PM PDT by _a_0_0_
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To: Reaganite Republican
My nephew ran into Billy Gibbons in a bar in Nashville several years ago, said what appears on stage seems to be what he is in real life.

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.

14 posted on 08/06/2011 4:49:52 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Rush, Hannity......Nuff said.)
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To: Reaganite Republican
Ever see/hear the Joe Bonamassa cover of Just Got Paid? It's pretty awesome - and it has a little Zeppelin thrown in as well.

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.

15 posted on 08/06/2011 4:52:40 PM PDT by MCH
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To: _a_0_0_

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.”


16 posted on 08/06/2011 4:58:55 PM PDT by Graneros ("It is no exaggeration to say that the undecided could go one way or another.")
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To: Reaganite Republican

“Master of Sparks” needs some air play!


17 posted on 08/06/2011 4:59:17 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Islam is a violent and tyrannical political ideology and has nothing to do with "religion".)
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To: The Cajun

And I’ve been told by more than one person CHRISTIAN and REPUBLICAN... good guys, these three


18 posted on 08/06/2011 5:19:52 PM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

You’re an a@@hole that links to your blog and has Youtube carry the weight. Your commentary isn’t worth the link.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAZlf_9ObLg&feature=player_embedded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSQCatgWaEE&feature=player_embedded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhI8yldXBDg&feature=player_embedded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qa3vzkNUVa0&feature=player_embedded


19 posted on 08/06/2011 5:21:30 PM PDT by ScreamingFist (Quiet the Idiot)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

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.


20 posted on 08/06/2011 5:29:05 PM PDT by stratman1969 (Run, Sarah, Run - 2012!)
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To: stratman1969

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!


21 posted on 08/06/2011 5:53:22 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Reaganite Republican

bflr


22 posted on 08/06/2011 5:54:37 PM PDT by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: Graneros
ZZ Top can lay waste to any venue, lol As kick-ass a band as could ever be... and still the best Honestly, I'm not that big on reunions of old bands... but these guys have gotten better, if anything- amazing
23 posted on 08/06/2011 5:55:29 PM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: ScreamingFist

Look at my history, loser


24 posted on 08/06/2011 5:57:40 PM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: susannah59; The Cajun

“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!


25 posted on 08/06/2011 5:58:40 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: mylife

They are coming to So. MD in a couple of weeks with Joan Jett. Can’t wait!


26 posted on 08/06/2011 6:02:05 PM PDT by quilterdebbie
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
“Billy loves, and uses, amps built by my friend Mike Zaite, ..”

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.

27 posted on 08/06/2011 6:11:45 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Reaganite Republican

Great post!!


28 posted on 08/06/2011 6:15:34 PM PDT by Whitebread
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To: Whitebread

Thanks WB

Enjoy your weekend-


29 posted on 08/06/2011 6:20:58 PM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

” 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!


30 posted on 08/06/2011 6:25:29 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

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.


31 posted on 08/06/2011 6:32:02 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

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!


32 posted on 08/06/2011 6:39:21 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Memorex


33 posted on 08/06/2011 7:10:02 PM PDT by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Love ZZ

TV Dinner!!


34 posted on 08/06/2011 7:15:03 PM PDT by kimmie7 (I do not think BO is the antichrist, but he may very well be 665.)
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To: The Cajun

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.


35 posted on 08/06/2011 7:19:08 PM PDT by virginia lurker
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To: Graneros

“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


36 posted on 08/06/2011 7:20:37 PM PDT by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: Figment

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.


37 posted on 08/06/2011 7:32:57 PM PDT by TheStickman
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To: TheStickman

Meant to say leaning on the stage, not standing on it lol. So much for proof-reading :)


38 posted on 08/06/2011 7:33:38 PM PDT by TheStickman
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Now is that a real 57 strat you have or a reissue?


39 posted on 08/06/2011 7:55:36 PM PDT by stratman1969 (Run, Sarah, Run - 2012!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

I just checked that Maz Jr. out. That’s the kind of amp I like....pick up and go.


40 posted on 08/06/2011 8:00:30 PM PDT by stratman1969 (Run, Sarah, Run - 2012!)
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To: stratman1969

“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!


41 posted on 08/06/2011 8:19:57 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Reaganite Republican

This is one of my favorite songs:

James Cotton, Slow Blues
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBeuco0PgJs


42 posted on 08/06/2011 9:07:03 PM PDT by Marie (I agree with everything that Rick Perry is saying. I just wish that *he* did. (NO to Bush II))
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To: MCH

Joe is the real deal. Saw him twice this year. Never ceases to amaze. Love me some Rev Willie G also. Time to Jam.


43 posted on 08/06/2011 9:44:19 PM PDT by Doob ("My mass x my velocity = your A**" - Early Cuyler)
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To: susannah59

I’ve seen them in 3 different decades. Always a good show.


44 posted on 08/06/2011 11:13:49 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (My mind is like a steel trap: rusty and illegal in 37 states.)
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To: mylife

Saw the band in 1973 just as “Tres Hombres” was released. Ticket price was a blistering $1.25. Awsome.


45 posted on 08/07/2011 3:59:32 AM PDT by Artie
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To: MCH

>>...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.


46 posted on 08/07/2011 7:09:14 AM PDT by jaydee770
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To: Artie

Man!
I got ripped off! I payed $4 to see Aerosmith in 74!


47 posted on 08/07/2011 7:55:54 AM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: Reaganite Republican
Look at my history, loser

I did. So what? You're a blog pimp.

48 posted on 08/07/2011 11:38:26 AM PDT by ScreamingFist (Quiet the Idiot)
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To: Reaganite Republican

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”.


49 posted on 08/07/2011 1:54:42 PM PDT by tal hajus (ever the cynic)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Sweet sounding amps based on the video’s at the web site. Bit pricey, IMO. Will stick with my Delta Blues. :)


50 posted on 08/07/2011 2:33:31 PM PDT by TheStickman
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