ZZ Top, Sammy Hagar, and Foghat: 5/29/1983

My youngest brother recently reminded me that this was his first concert, so I felt obliged to search for the stub and write a post about it.

I had seen ZZ Top prior to this, but Eliminator was a huge commercial success for them (you could not watch MTV for an hour without seeing a ZZ Top video). So it was not surprising that they were headlining a triple bill, and although I had also previously seen Sammy and Foghat too, I felt it was my brotherly duty to go with my lil bro to his first show.

My memories of this show are somewhat fuzzy, and I’m sure my brother is going to remember a lot more than me (first rock show always leaves a lasting impression). I did recall headlights beaming from the stage as the show was getting ready to start, and then the bearded rockers kicking right in with a huge Eliminator backdrop behind them.

I located, on Wikipedia, the basic setlist from this tour, which sounded right to me. As I looked over the setlist, I remembered specific songs, particularly “Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers” and “Jailhouse Rock” (a nice surprise).

Anyway, this would be the first of many concerts with my brother. Here is the full setlist.

ZZ Top Setlist

  • Got Me Under Pressure
  • I Got The Six
  • Gimme All Your Lovin’
  • Waitin’ For The Bus
  • Jesus Just Left Chicago
  • I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide
  • Francine
  • Sharp Dressed Man
  • Legs
  • Ten Foot Pole
  • TV Dinners
  • Manic Mechanic
  • A Fool For Your Stockings
  • Heard It On The X
  • Pearl Necklace
  • Cheap Sunglasses
  • Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers
  • Dust My Broom
  • Just Got Paid
  • Arrested For Driving While Blind
  • Party On The Patio
  • Tube Snake Boogie
  • Jailhouse Rock
  • La Grange
  • Tush

Van Halen: 4/7/1986

This concert is filed under the “Why the Hell Did I Pay to See Van Halen Again” category. This was like the fifth time I went to see them, and other than when they opened for Black Sabbath in 1978, I thought they sucked every time. (Note: Two of those five times they also opened for the Stones.) Anyway, I had hopes that with Sammy Hagar singing they would be less goofy than when David Lee Roth was the frontman, and they were, but still, I got bored pretty quickly. Honestly, having seen Sammy solo a few times, I thought he was better on his own than with Van Halen. Bottom line is I left early. I could not justify battling the horrific Sportatorium traffic to stay until the end of what, to me, was a mediocre show at best.

Anyway, here’s the setlist, courtesy of the internet.

Setlist:

  • You Really Got Me
  • There’s Only One Way to Rock
  • Summer Nights
  • Get Up
  • Drum Solo
  • Why Can’t This Be Love
  • 5150
  • Bass Solo
  • Panama
  • Best of Both Worlds
  • Love Walks In
  • Good Enough
  • Guitar Solo (Eruption, Cathedral & Spanish Fly)
  • I Can’t Drive 55
  • Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love

Encore:

  • Jump
  • (Unknown)
  • Rock and Roll