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!

Setlist:

  • 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

Encore:

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

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