Concert Review

I Survived ZZ Top at Talking Stick Resort

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Sure, ZZ Top played the hits, but depending on where you were sitting or standing, they didn't sound like hits. Songs like "Gimme All Your Lovin'" and "Got Me Under Pressure" off of 1983's Eliminator record were played early in the set and sounded more like a sloppy cover band than the mighty Texas blues-based rock 'n' roll band that gave birth to them.

ZZ Top needs to be loud. All the other prerequisites were there: drinks were in almost every hand, the casino atmosphere seemed to make it almost a necessity to smoke, and the weather made it perhaps the final night in the next six or seven months cool enough to wear a leather jacket, but the main thing missing was Billy Gibbons' killer guitar tone being the preeminent sound of the evening.

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Tom Reardon has written for Phoenix New Times since 2013. He's been in several notable bands over the last 25 years including Hillbilly Devilspeak, North Side Kings, and the Father Figures.
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