ZZ Top sells out arena in Idaho Falls

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ZZ Top performs with a 17-string bass guitar. Photo credit: Chester Chan.
ZZ Top performs with a 17-string bass guitar. Photo credit: Chester Chan.

ZZ Top visited Mountain America Center Tuesday night. They sold out the 6,000-seat arena.

Big beards. Fuzzy guitars. Lots of bubbles. A lot of things set ZZ Top’sconcert apart from any other.

ZZ Top has been touring since 1969. Even in their seventies, they know how to blow the roof off a building. Their performance at Mountain America Center in Idaho Falls Tuesday night was no exception.

They started strong, with bass guitarist Elwood Francis rocking a 17-string bass guitar for Got Me Under Pressure. The comically large instrument was undoubtedly too heavy to use the entire show, however, so he soon swapped it out for a standard bass.

ZZ Top performs with a 17-string bass guitar. Photo credit: Chester Chan.
ZZ Top performs with a 17-string bass guitar. Photo credit: Chester Chan.

That was far from the only unique instrument the band members used during the show. A defining characteristic of ZZ Top is their “Spinning Fur” guitars, used in the Legs music video. Rather than the typical white ones, however, they used purple fuzzy guitars in Idaho Falls.

They made sure to play all of their biggest songs, including Sharp Dressed Man, Gimme All Your Lovin’ and La Grange.

The opening act, The Outlaws, also got the crowd going early. They started with (Ghost) Riders in the Sky, which features far more guitar solo-ing than singing.

The Outlaws open for ZZ Top. Photo credit: Chester Chan.
The Outlaws open for ZZ Top. Photo credit: Chester Chan.

The party — and the guitar solos — didn’t stop until The Outlaws left the stage half an hour later.

Mountain America Center, where the concert took place, is set to host a plethora of events this summer, including concerts, comedy shows, an MMA fight and a car show. It’s also the home of the Idaho Falls Spud Kings hockey team.