Jay N. Miller

There are couple of things in life or rock ‘n’ roll as responsible as a ZZ Top live performance. That was crystal obvious July 22 at Leader Bank Pavilion in Boston, where the trio from Texas delivered the same sort of gritty blues-rock warmth they’ve been bringing – as guitarist Billy Gibbons famous – for five a long time to a jubilant crowd of about 4,000 supporters. ZZ Top performed 16 tunes in their 80-moment established, drawing from seven distinctive albums and all periods of their lengthy career, and the scope of their vocation was as outstanding as the age range of the group.

There is of training course some curiosity to this summer’s tour.  The iconic trio misplaced a single of its founding customers very last year when bassist Dusty Hill died at 72.  As Hill had needed, longtime band tech Elwood Francis took over on bass, and judging from Friday’s show it has been a seamless transition. Francis has developed a foot-lengthy gray beard to uphold the band’s image and his thick mane of gray hair – standing up like a rooster’s comb irrespective of the heat – provides to the trio’s scruffy image.