We went with the Lady deGloves to see ZZ top. They know who they are. In 1978 it was Dire Straits that said that we don’t give a damn about any trumpet playing band but that title already belonged to ZZ Top. It is a band that wants to have sports analogies. They are ingemar Johansson. They are the handball opponent with the big right hand that is willing to be out of position to hit the big shot. ZZ Top knows who it is. Two guitars, drums, and enough vocals to keep your attention. There are no back-up singers and no other musicians. There is only one cosmetic guitar change. We love Clapton but sometimes his use of guitars seems like the President using pens to sign a law.
In the words of Dennis Green, they are who we thought they were. It was fun. It was intense guitar work. It was strange dress: beards, old hats (did they drag one behind the bus?), and cheap sunglasses. It was an excellent show but it had the subtlety of a sledgehammer. We loved it.