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ZZ TOP/Steel Panther
Wembley Arena, 28 October 2009
almost stole the day on the Classic Rock stage at this years Download
Festival, bringing their Texan boogie to the masses. It was with
that triumphant display that the Top are back in the UK for two more
dates, one at Wolverhampton and tonight at the Wembley Arena.
With no new
album to promote, Steel Panther were announced, surprisingly, as guests in
order to put more bums on seats, the oddest pairing since it was announced
that Motley Crue were to support Wishbone Ash back in 1982. Although that
tour never went ahead but one for you historians to look into, but what a
gig that would've been.
It's fair to
say that many younger fans were here for the Panther or for the men to
bring along their partners to drool over the Yankie sensations.
Panther recently blew the doors off the Shepherds Bush Empire and like I
said in my review of that gig I was hoping tonight with a short 40 minute
slot, they would cut short the between song banter and give a shock and
awe set, but instead of pumping the steel with those great songs from the
debut we only got a few and also did an unnecessary cover of Journey's
'Don't Stop Believin'. Tonight was a great chance to win over the
doubters, although the converted didn't need any preaching. Still a
good performance but I felt that Steel Panther were caught with their
steel pants down.
set was perfect for the connoisseur fan, with the majority of the set
coming from those pre Eliminator days. The pairing of 'Waiting For
The Bus' and 'Jesus Just Left Chicago' always sets the mood for these
boogie merchants. 'Future Blues' was a surprise choice which is an
old standard blues number from the Thirties.
Arena is not the perfect setting for the bar room music of the Top but as
the night wore on and with the beers flowing both band and audience were
finding their groove.
Sunglasses' brought the air guitars out for the first time. 'I Need
You Tonight' was pure blues heaven. 'Foxy Lady' the Jimi Hendrix
number was a surprise cover.
Quo's Parfitt and Rossi, Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill are a double act
that grab your attention coming to their forte on the triple barrage of
those monster Eliminator hits at the tail end of this set, taking the
temperature up another notch.
go wrong with the encores of 'Tube Snake Boogie', 'La Grange' and the
classic 'Tush'. It was enough to make you want to put a pair of
dungarees on and grow a beard, although the young Steel Panther fans here
tonight may not agree.
little pig, squeal.
photos by Mark Taylor
Set list : Got Me Under Pressure / Waiting For The Bus /Jesus Just Left
Chicago / Pincushion / I'm Bad ,I'm Nationwide / Future Blues / Cheap
Sunglasses / Mexican Blackbird / My Head's In Missisippi / I Need You
Tonight / Foxy Lady / Party On The Patio / Just Got Paid / Gimme All Your
Lovin' / Sharp Dressed Man /Legs ....encores... Tube Snake Boogie / La
Grange / Tush