ZZ Top at Ravinia Festival

As Billy Gibbons looked out at the audience, he reminded fans that “We’ve been coming around here with you guys for over four decades. Same three guys, right here (pointing at the band). Same three cords, right here (pointing at his guitar).” Since 1969, the band has consisted of Billy Gibbons on guitar and vocals; Dusty Hill – bass, keyboards and vocals; and Frank Beard on drums and percussion.

On August 27, 2015, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, ZZ Top brought their red-hot Texas boogie and blues band to Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL (a suburban city north of Chicago) to wrap up the North American Tour with supporting act Blackberry Smoke. The longevity of ZZ Top fit nicely at the night’s venue, considering Ravinia Festival is the United States’ oldest outdoor music festival. The night’s performance was in front of about 3,250 people seated in the pavilion, along with another 15,000 people in the audience.

Known for the long beards of Gibbons and Hill (despite Frank Beard’s last name, he usually only has a mustache), you could look out in the audience and see many fans, young and old, sporting their own beards, both real and fake. And with eleven gold records and seven platinum records, fans knew the night’s set list would be special and full of their favorite song. ZZ Top did not disappoint the sold out crowd.  They even threw in a couple surprises with the covers of “Foxy Lady” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience and “Catfish Blues” by Robert Petway.  After the first encore of La Grange and Tush, fans didn’t get enough and ZZ Top played “Sixteen Tons” by Merle Travis.

Check the ZZ Top website for the latest information and show dates.


  1. Got Me Under Pressure
  2. Waitin’ for the Bus
  3. Jesus Just Left Chicago
  4. Gimme All Your Lovin’
  5. I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide
  6. Pincushion
  7. I Gotsta Get Paid
  8. Flyin’ High
  9. Foxy Lady (The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover)
  10. Catfish Blues (Robert Petway cover)
  11. Cheap Sunglasses
  12. My Head’s in Mississippi
  13. Chartreuse
  14. Sharp Dressed Man
  15. Legs


  1. 16. La Grange / Sloppy Drunk Jam
  2. 17. Tush

Encore 2:

  1. 18. Sixteen Tons (Merle Travis cover)


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