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ZZ Top, Jeff Beck make hoax 'Sixteen Tons' performance a reality
ZZ Top, Jeff Beck make hoax 'Sixteen Tons' performance a reality

Far too few real-world examples of life-imitating-art-imitating-life crop up to resist one from last week’s ZZ Top-Jeff Beck show at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. At earlier shows, in which each act did separate sets then came together at the end for a few numbers, they played ZZ classics including “La Grange” and “Tush” and some other artists’ hits, such as Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock.” But when they got to L.A., the vintage chestnut they turned toward was Tennessee Ernie Ford’s 1955 folk-country classic “Sixteen Tons.” The reason? That’s where things get fun. Although this outing is the first tour...

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