ZZ Top may describe itself as "that little old band from Texas," but there was nothing small-scale about its performance at the Capital Centre last night.
It wasn't enough that the band built its own personal auto graveyard on stage; there was also a working electromagnetic crane, a car compactor and perhaps the most pulchritudinous construction workers imaginable to make it all work.
Yet, no matter how spectacular the effect, the staging never detracted from the central focus: the blues.
From the classic slow grind "Jesus Left Chicago" to the modern abstractions of "My Head's in Mississippi," the group worked its way through almost every imaginable permutation of the blues. Or, to put it more accurately, ZZ Top kept a sense of the blues in everything it played.