Beards, shades stars of ZZ Top show

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

Tupelo got a taste of Texas on Sunday night when ZZ Top rolled into town.
The Texas rockers welcomed 3,094 to the BancorpSouth Arena, and wowed the crowd with a setlist full of hit songs like “Legs,” “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Cheap Sunglasses” and “La Grange.”
“Are we having a good time?” asked ZZ Top guitarist Dusty Hill, before rolling into “Nationwide.”
Hill and guitarist Billy Gibbons had the crowd screaming when they swung their guitars in unison, their signature move.
ZZ Top’s straightforward stage setup featured light-up microphones, a large screen and a skull drumset.
Opening the show was another Texas rock band, Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights.
The long-haired, top-hatted Tyler welcomed the audience.
“Mississippi – what’s up?” he said. “It’s so good to be here. We’ve been on tour with ZZ Top. …It’s really cool. We’re happy to be playing some rock ‘n’ roll for you.”
Tyler and his band definitely won over a few new fans.
“We got some rowdy people in here tonight,” Tyler said in response to the screams and whistles. “I hear you.”
One of Tyler’s new fans was Jaxx, a disk jockey with classic rock station 98.5 in Tupelo.
“I brought my better half,” Jennifer, and her daughter, Molly, who are ZZ Top fans. Jaxx said he’d seen ZZ Top before and was especially impressed with Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights.
The trio well represented the diverse crowd at Sunday’s ZZ Top show – the crowd ranged from older adults to elementary school students, including Molly.
“This is Molly’s first real rock show in an arena,” Jaxx said.