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 ZZ Top
-Events Center-Seneca-Niagara Casino-
Niagara Falls, NY 9-19-07
By Bob Silvestri 

....ZZ Top, that "lil ole band from Texas", roared into a standing room only Event Center in the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls, NY on September 19, 2007. The ninety minute hits packed show has not really changed much in the last few years and doesn't need to change. The crowd came to hear those radio classics that the band (Billy Gibbons-guitar and vocals, Dusty Hill-bass and vocals and Frank Beard-drums) has been playing for thirty plus years. At times you swear these guys could do this in their sleep, instead they smile, they mug, they joke with the crowd and play the living daylights out of their instruments. Gibbons is always a tasteful guitar player (he is one of the best and influential guitarists of his generation) and the relentless rhythm section of Hill and Beard keeps things from being stoic or over rehearsed. 
....The usual crowd favorites were played including the opening three song salvo of "Under Pressure", "Waiting For The Bus" and "Jesus Just Left Chicago" along with "Cheap Sunglasses" and a killer "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide". Deeper cuts included "Pincushion", "Heard It On The X", "Pearl Necklace" and "Just Got Paid" all which elicited an enthusiastic audience response. "Rough Boy" a slightly syrupy ballad was made righteous with a blistering solo from Gibbons. Highlight of the show were the back to back numbers "Blue Jean Blues" a slow smoldering blues number from early in the band's career and spirited romp thru Hendrix's "Foxy Lady". They showed their virtuosity by closing the show with a run thru their biggest hits with "Gimmie All Your Loving", "Sharp Dressed Man", "Legs" and "Tube Snake Boogie" before ending the night with "La Grange" and "Tush". They may be grey beards but ZZ Top are no dinosaurs. For more upcoming shows at The Seneca-Niagara Casino go to www.senecaniagaracasino.com

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