Z.Z. Top @ Casino Rama-Sat.,Nov.10th, 2012

** by Bill Kwan **

Texan’s Z.Z. Top played Casino Rama this Remembrance Day weekend. The festivities began with the backdrop showing movie credit for fictitious movie credits for a Z.Z. Top film called “La Futura” which happens to be their first new album in nine years.  The band members consisting of guitarist Billy Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard(yes his real name)arrived on stage and opened up with their version of Sam and Dave’s “I Thank You” .

The concert was a fun journey for the audience as it took them through familiar tunes such as : Waitin’ for the Bus and Jesus Just Left Chicago, and ending with another stretch of sizzling blues rock, including Tube Snake Boogie, La Grange and Tush. In the middle were bluesy hits such as Pincushion, Heard it on the X,  Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers, Chartreuse, Sharp Dressed Man and Legs, complete with familiar guitar riffs, pounding drums and a thunderous bass . ” I Gotsa Get Paid” from the new album “La Futura” fit into the mix as the band has returned to their true blues roots.

All through the show the backdrop showed past video to coincide with their songs complete with their standard hot rods, beautiful girls and other items which was more of a distraction than an entertainment piece during the show. With their signature long beards, “Cheap” Sunglasses and eye catching clothes- Z.Z. Top was in fine form as the crowd was enthusiastic and loud throughout the show.  Billy Gibbons’ stated “We’ve been comin’ up here for four decades. Same three guys right here.  Same three chords”   That lead into “Heard it on the X”   The show ended with the Boogie Woogie Bluesmans doing an encore of Tube Snake Boogie La Grange, Sloppy Drunk and Bar-B-Q.  Then ended the show with the popular “Tush” The crowd left happy as Z.Z. Top showed that after 40 years they are still revevant and animated as ever.

Set list:

1. I Thank You
2. Waiting For The Bus
3. Jesus Just Left Chicago
4. Pincushion
5. Heard it on the X
6. I Gotsta Get Paid
7. Gimme All Your Lovin’
8. Vincent Price Blues
9. My Head’s In Mississippi
10. Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers
11. Chartreuse
12. Stages
13. Sharp Dressed Man
14. Legs

Encore

15. Tube Snake Boogie
16. La Grange/Sloppy Drunk/Bar-B-Q
17. Tush