Still rockin’, ZZ Top wakes up Milwaukee

Having cancelled various tour dates for an injury suffered by bassist Dusty Hill, ZZ Top revived their 2014 mid-summer tour in the early months of the new year. While various outdoor appearances couldn’t be made up for obvious reasons, ZZ Top’s long awaited reappearance at The Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, WI was well received by a nearly full house.

The Riverside Theater is quite the change of pace for the blues rock trio known for their gritty singles “Sharp Dressed Man”, “La Grange”, “Gimme All Your Lovin’”, and “Legs”. Previous appearances at both Summerfest in 2012 and Harley Davidson’s 110th Anniversary in 2013 featured the unmistakable act – beards, blues, and innuendos.

ZZ Top is quite the class act. Both Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill are rather ‘sharp dressed’ and performances well kept. Fans were well entertained, one being invited on stage due to his notable matching beard, the band signing various records he brought along.

At 65 years old, each member of the trio still has quite the drive to churn out their classics and make the crowd laugh. Sampling heavily from one of their most successful releases Eliminator, ZZ Top covered their bases with top tier setlist composition. Fans seemed satisfied with the mix, most patiently waiting for their more well known chart toppers dotting the performance.

A well kept, minimalistic stage in a historic downtown theater is not where most imagine finding a blues-rock trio from Texas late March and to be honest, neither did I. But it worked. While less formal outdoor summer performances are fun, this more homey, tight knit and up close show was rather pleasant.

Setlist:

Got Me Under Pressure – Waitin’ for the Bus – Jesus Just Left Chicago – Gimme All Your Lovin’ – I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide – Pincushion – I Gotsta Get Paid – Flyin’ High – Foxy Lady – Catfish Blues – Cheap Sunglasses – Chartreuse – Sharp Dressed Man – Legs – La Grange/Sloppy Drunk Jam – Tush

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