Editor's Note: Last month, one of the Rebeldes caught rock and roll legends ZZ TOP at New Jersey's Count Basie Theater for like the 100th time in his life. Here is the review from an early October show.
It’s difficult to write something new about ZZ Top (members Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard), but when the opening riff from “Heard it on the X” began, my mind started wandering. It was the fifth song in their set at New Jersey’s Count Basie Theater. They opened up with the Sam & Dave cover, “I Thank You,” moved on to "Waiting for The Bus/Jesus Just Left Chicago," and then my ya-ya got penetrated with "Pincushion." Even tough it was let off their set, they band began to plan “X,” a song about the outlaw Mexican radio of their youth.
On the same "Mescalero" album, you will find several uses of tejano sounds (accordion, harmonica, marimba), and during that tour Billy even used a pair of Mexican throwing knives, which he stuck in a custom-built guitar while playing "The Shiv" live. A true salute to frontera culture, style, sound, creativity and sarcasm… Yes, it is safe to say that ZZ Top has a definite respect and understanding of the frontera world.