ZZ Top: 9/6/1981

This was my first time seeing the little ol’ band from Texas. This show was part of the El Loco-motion tour and I was pretty psyched to see them.

While I am not 100% sure of this, I think I went to see this concert with my friend and fellow guitarist Mike. What I do remember most vividly about this concert, though, was the laser light show.

Our seats were in the back of the Sportatorium. I confess that when the first blast of lasers erupted from the stage I was taken aback. ZZ Top was not a band I expected to have lasers. I equated lasers with bands like Blue Oyster Cult, Yes, and Pink Floyd. But I have to say, the lasers worked really well, especially during “Cheap Sunglasses.”

The band was totally rockin’ the entire show. I don’t recall any weak spots at all.

I have no recollection of an opening act. I read on Wikipedia that the Joe Perry Project opened for a bunch of shows on this tour, but Joe was definitely not at the Sporto show.

Anyway, here’s the setlist. Rock on!


  • Groovy Little Hippie Pad
  • I Thank You
  • Waitin’ For The Bus
  • Jesus Just Left Chicago
  • I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide
  • Ten Foot Pole
  • Manic Mechanic
  • Heard It On The X
  • Francine
  • A Fool For Your Stockings
  • Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings
  • Pearl Necklace
  • Cheap Sunglasses
  • Dust My Broom
  • Arrested For Driving While Blind
  • Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers
  • Just Got Paid
  • Party On The Patio


  • Jailhouse Rock
  • Tube Snake Boogie
  • La Grange
  • Tush

15 thoughts on “ZZ Top: 9/6/1981

  1. Wow! $10.50 to see ZZ Top! Hard to imagine now. Thought of you yesterday, Jeff. A friend sent me a ticket stub to a 1972 Mets game. It belonged to his wife, my best friend growing up, who unfortunately passed away in 2013. I cherish having this momento. My dad had taken us both to the game that night. He had access to box seats at Shea stadium through his job. I’m so glad my friend saved the stub.

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    • Wow, a Mets fan! Nice. I remember it was a big thrill for me when Tom Seaver came and spoke at our little league banquet. My dad was a Yankees fan, but me and my brothers liked the Mets, so he would take us to Shea.

      Yeah, Concerts were way cheaper back in the 70s and 80s. It costs more for a bottle of water now than it did for a ticket back then – LOL.

      Hope you are well. Cheers.


  2. Hi Jeff – I’ve never seen Z Z Top although I thought I remembered them being in the movie Back to School. But, ack, that was actually OingIBoingo! I did look up what other movies and tv shows ZZ Top has been in and they’ve been in quite a few. These are kind of random thoughts, only slightly relevant, but it’s always fun to read your Stub Collection posts. Hope you are doing well.

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    • Hi Barb. I am well, thanks. Surviving the fires. Hope you are well also.
      There is a great ZZ Top documentary on Netflix. Did you know they hold the record for longevity with all original member? More than 50 years without a change in lineup. Pretty impressive.
      Glad you enjoyed the post. Stay safe!

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