Last Night: ZZ Top At Reliant Stadium

ZZ Top RodeoHouston, Reliant Stadium March 8, 2012

See more photos from Thursday, even some without beards, in our slideshow.

I admit, I had almost given up on waiting for ZZ Top to show me something new. Not even something from their new album - which is finally completed but caught up in the music business' equivalent of Hollywood's "development hell" - just anything that might make hearing "Gimme All Your Lovin'," for example, for the umpteen thousandth time interesting.

But it has been coming up on 18 months since I saw them with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, which is a long time for a Texan to go without a Top fix. What I guess I forgot, again, is how great of a musician Billy F. Gibbons really is, and what expert support his bandmates Dusty Hill and Frank Beard give him.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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