Live at Montreux 2013
Eagle Vision USA
What a rarity – same line-up since 1969, pretty much oblivious to trends, still knocking it out of the park and with a recent record as good as almost anything else in their catalogue here’s ZZ Top with a faultless setlist.
If you never liked them you never will. This won’t convert you.
But Frank Beard sounds better here than he has done in a decade – he’s got his groove back. And Billy Gibbons remains the great towering strength – that gnarled voice still wonderful and a superb guitar playing, in the scheme of things really quite underrated – lists schmists, sure, but why isn’t he further up the ladder, particularly as a consistently great performer. Material from La Futura blends in well with the old chestnuts (Tush, La Grange). Well, you get everything you could want really – you love Fandango and Tres Hombres? Covered. You dig the pop tunes – a bit of Afterburner and Eliminator? Sure, all that stuff is in here too.
Replete with costume changes and coordinated guitar match-ups, fur cuffs and that wide-legged guitar strut.
You’ll either hate this or you’ll love it. And though that’s a silly, obvious thing to say, it really is the case with ZZ Top. They’re still doing boogie proud – blues music for bogans, you might say. Well so be it. They do it so well.