June 14, 2009 18:22

Download gives ZZ Top all their lovin'

Legendary rockers also cover Elvis Presley

Download gives ZZ Top all their lovin'
ZZ Top left Download chanting their name over and over on the Main Stage this afternoon (June 14).

Announced on stage by the loud howling of a wolf, the legendary rock trio, still going after 40 years, opened up the set with ‘Got Me Under Pressure’ from their 1983 album ‘Eliminator’.

Sporting their trademark long beards (except for drummer Frank Beard, who has a moustache), sunglasses and all-black attire, they rocked through a greatest hits set that saw their two most well-known songs, ‘Gimme All Your Lovin’’ and ‘Sharp Dressed Man’ played together as a medley.

On fifth song ‘I Need You Tonight’, lead guitarist Dusty Hill got the crowd to howl, a reference to the song lyric: “like the wolf howling at the moon".

Other fan-favourites included the bands' first 1975 hit ‘Tush’ and ‘Legs’, which saw the two guitarists, Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill, play white, furry guitars.

Leaving the stage after ‘Tush’, the band walked back on to cover ‘Jailhouse Rock’, a song written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller that first became a hit for Elvis Presley in 1957.

After taking a bow, they left Download chanting “ZZ Top!” over and over.

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ZZ Top played:
'Got Me Under Pressure'
'Cheap Sunglasses'
'I Need You Tonight'
'Heard It On the X'
'Just Got Paid'
'Gimme All Your Lovin''/'Sharp Dressed Man'
'Tube Snake Boogie'
'Tres Hombres'
'Jailhouse Rock'

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