When the tour was announced that Kid Rock would perform with ZZ Top on the “$20 Best Night Ever Tour”, needless to say there were some anxious local fans thinking the St. Louis date couldn’t get here fast enough.
Well, the wait ended Saturday night at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater and a sold out crowd filled the venue early to take advantage of all the cheap beer (only $4), food and merchandise specials that are a part of the tours’ attraction.
By striking a deal to keep all seats at $20 as well as all merchandise and food specials Kid Rock may have taken a pay cut but endeared himself with his legion of fans, and even earned new ones as well.
Uncle Kracker opened the show with a tepid performance that fell short of providing that special flavor that is needed to stand out.
Thankfully, ZZ Top came out with a heavy set that included classics like “Legs”, “La Grange” and “Got Me Under Pressure”. Their hour long set roused up the fans with ballsy blues riffs from lead vocalist/guitarist Billy Gibbons, smoking deep bass licks from vocalist/bassist Dusty Hill and the signature percussion work of drummer Frank Beard.
They also showcased a couple newer songs in “Gotsta Get Paid” and “Chartreuse” from their latest CD “La Futura”, which is their first new CD in nine years.
Gibbons and Hill were in sync throughout their set with simple choreographed moves that have become a signature for the power trio. Of particular note was dual leg wobble that made the fans scream like Elvis was onstage.
With a set that continued on a feverish pace with songs like “Tube Snake Boogie”, “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Tush” the crowd was more than amped up and ready for Kid Rock.
Solid sets from the bearded ones are nothing new. Whether it was playing across the river at the classic Mississippi River Festival or The fabulous Fox one thing is certain: you can always count on getting your money’s worth at a ZZ Top show.
Kid Rock took that feverish pace and ramped it up even more. Storming out with “Devil Without A Cause” after a short intro of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” before jumping into “Celebrate” and “Rebel Soul”- the title track to his newest CD, Rock was highly energetic, jumping running and not stopping except when he was playing piano.
His band, Twisted Brown Trucker, was tight and sounded great.
With everything a rock concert could have: pyro, lasers and smoke Kid Rock made sure no one left feeling there could have been more. Let’s face it, if Kid Rock had left any more on stage there would be nothing left of him to take offstage, and that energy transferred to the crowd as it was one of the more enthusiastic crowds I have seen in some time, and it wasn’t just for one song either.
Song after song, from “Cowboy” to the close of “Bawitdaba” the crowd was just plain nuts, in a good way. A fun, enthusiastic crowd always creates a fuller concert-going experience. Kid Rock’s fans made sure to keep that going and then some without stopping.
Love him or hate him at least check out Kid Rock live, chances are you might be a convert and bear witness to a great live show as this one was.
ZZ Top Setlist:
1) Got me Under Pressure
2) Waitin’ for the Bus
3) Jesus Just Left Chicago
4) Gimme All Your Lovin’
6) I Gotsta Get Paid
8) Sharp Dressed Man
10) Tube Snake Boogie
11) La Grange/Sloppy Drunk Jam
Kid Rock Setlist:
1) Devil Without A Cause
3) Rebel Soul
4) You Never Met a Mother F*****r Quite Like Me
5) American Bad Ass
6) Wasting Time
8) Forever (With Tom Sawyer by Rush intro)
10) God Bless Saturday
12) 3 Sheets to the Wind (What’s My Name)
13) Rock N Roll Jesus
14) Only God Knows Why
15) Born Free
16) Blue Jeans
17) All Summer Long