ZZ Top: Westbury, NY, August 29, 2011
The evening's most outrageous moment was when a middle-aged fan rushed the stage and attempted to kiss Gibbons. She somehow managed to run across the spinning stage in high-heels and reach Gibbons. Just as she was about to wrap her arms around the bearded guitar virtuoso, security managed to corral her and escort her from the stage. Gibbons and the crowd all enjoyed a good laugh before the band continued the performance.
The hits-filled, rocking and bluesy set included "Cheap Sunglasses," "Jesus Left Chicago," "Brown Sugar," a touching tribute to Jimi Hendrix ("Hey Joe"), the intro to "My Head's In Mississippi" and "Just Got Paid." The trio saved the most well-known and critically acclaimed part of its catalogue for the end, kicking into an unbelievably catchy barrage of fan favorites that included "Gimme All Your Lovin,'" "Sharp Dressed Man," and "Legs," followed by "La Grange" and "Tush," as the band's encores.
Though the set could have been longer, checking in at slightly over 90 minutes, it packed a punch. The band played almost everything that the sold-out audience came to hear and sounded fantastic. Those lucky enough to have gotten tickets to the event were treated to a tremendous evening of music in an intimate venue; that a big band like ZZ Top played a small venue like this only made the evening all the more special.
All Photos: Christine Connallon