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ZZ Top: Live at Montreux 2013

Tres Hombres strut the festival blues.

ZZ Top are no strangers to the renowned Auditorium Stravinski, and this live appearance at the world-famous jazz festival finds Messrs Gibbons, Hill and Beard on smokin’ form and delivering a set including newer songs I Gotsta Get Paid, Chartreuse and Flyin’ High alongside the likes of faves such as Waitin’ For The Bus and Jesus Just Left Chicago.

Not content with just a run through the hits, for the centrepiece the trio welcome fellow Texans Mike Flanigin on Hammond organ and guitarist Van Wilks for a jazz-blues jam incorporating Jimmy McGriff’s Kiko and a cover of Freddie King’s I Love The Woman.

Worthy musical detours aside, the run into the home stretch featuring Sharp Dressed Man and Legs is a masterclass in super-slick showmanship – furry guitars and all. There are a couple of nice bonus interviews with Gibbons and Hill, but ultimately it’s the music that does all the talking.

Whether it’s magazines, books or online, Essi has been writing about rock ’n’ metal for around thirty years. He has been reviews editor for Classic Rock and Metal Hammer, rock reviews editor for lads mag Front and worked for Kerrang!. He has also written the Rough Guide to Heavy Metal and contributed to the Rough Guide to Rock and Rough Guide Book of Playlists, and the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (13th edition). Most fun interview? Tenacious D – Jack Black and Kyle Gass – for The Pick of Destiny movie book. An avid record/CD/tape collector, he’s amassed more music than he could ever possibly listen to, which annoys his wife no end.