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ZZ TOP LIVE AT MONTREUX 2013 REVIEW

 

ZZ TOP - LIVE AT MONTREUX 2013

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OUT NOW - 2014

 

 

There have been a few ZZ Top videos out over the last few years – 2008s ‘Double Down Live’ which pitted a 1980 vintage set against a current day set, and ‘Live in Texas’ from the same era which added a few more tunes but the core of the set was essentially the same. Oddly this new release is only ZZ’s third official live video, strange perhaps for a band of a certain age.

 

This year’s release of ‘Live at Montreux 2013’ you could argue is the same band pretty much running over the same ground, albeit on a different stage with slightly grander suits than on the previous two releases. After all there are the same set-pieces, the same guitar changes and pretty much the same core set. You get all the seventies staples and the Eliminator classics, set against a background of great visuals on the big screens that have been an integral component of their show for years now.

 

Where Montreux differs though is in the introduction of new songs into the centre of the set from 2012’s ‘La Futura’ the band’s 15th studio album. And all of the new songs go down pretty well with ‘I Gotsa Get Paid’ especially slipping seamlessly in along with ‘Chartreuse’ and ‘Flyin’ High’.

 

There are also some funky interludes,  like the tribute to Claude Nobs (Montreux’s founder), which sees the band morph into a temporary five-piece to perform a couple of jazzier numbers ‘Kiko’ and ‘I Loved the Woman’ the latter of which sees Hill take lead vocal.  

 

Having seen ZZ Top a dozen or so times over the years there really is nothing to match the band live and this is my favourite document of that experience to date.  And of course it’s still closers ‘La Grange’ and ‘Tush’ that win the day.

 

 

by Mark Diggins

 

ZZ TOP LIVE AT MONTREUX 2013 REVIEW