October 14, 2007
Working behind the propulsive beats of "Sharp Dressed Man," Billy Gibbons shredded off one electric lead after another as ZZ Top powered through a tight set at Dayton, Ohio’s Nutter Center on October 14. Working in tandem with fellow band mates Dusty Hill on bass guitar and Frank Beard on drums, Gibbons’ slow burning cookouts on lead guitar colored an impressive career spanning show.
Working their way back to 1979’s Deguello recording, Hill, Beard and Gibbons shuffled through the raging Texas boogie of "I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide" and "Cheap Sunglasses." Just as the trio would lurch towards a mind blowing extended improvisation, Gibbons and Hill would stop the proceedings on a dime, and start the killer opening riff of the next song.
At times, it all seemed like one fluid blues solo coming from Gibbons that turned into a thousand different directions, each as creatively satisfying as the last. "Just Got Paid" saddled up alongside "Pearl Necklace" and "Heard It On The X," while Gibbons’ gold guitar shimmered in the spotlight, his notorious beard swinging back and forth to the rhythm. c
But, the slow blues of "Rough Boy," from 1985’s Afterburner album was the centerpiece of the concert. Short, sweet and to the point, ZZ Top juggled "Got Me Under Pressure" and "Gimme All Your Lovin’" from 83’s breakthrough Eliminator alongside the south of the border rock of "Waitin’ For the Bus" and the ferociously stunning staggered time signatures of "Jesus Just Left Chicago" from 1973’s quintessential offering, Tres Hombres.
It wasn’t surprising when Gibbons chose to take a momentary detour through Jimi Hendrix’s "Foxy Lady." Therein lied the charm of 07”s ZZ Top world tour. The Little ‘Ol Band from Texas proved themselves once again to be consummate musical ambassadors of the highest order, swinging to a universal beat on October 14 at Dayton, Ohio’s Nutter Center