Tuesday, October 11, 2011

10-11-11 ZZ Night (10-10)

Ta-Da! Broke out the cowboy boots for our ZZ Top concert.

We were some of the younguns there last night. Median age had to be around 55+, but they've been doing this for 40 years and had their biggest success when we were just teenagers, so it figures. Quite a few folks tooling around the concert in their rascals and toting their oxygen tanks did make me feel better about the fact that I'd hit the gym that morning.

We had a beautiful full moon over Colfax on our drive downtown.

Dinner was next door to the theater at Bayou Bob's. Fried pickles!!

and gumbo and crawfish-stuffed mushrooms . . . mmmm. I got the last three (there's supposed to be four in an order) so word must be out.

I finally brought my camera in to the theater to get some better pictures of the fabulous Art Deco of the place. The Zig-Zag designs and silk panels debuted in 1930, designed for silent films, and the organ is only two remaining Wurlitzer style dual-console organs in the U.S. The other is at Radio City Music Hall.

The Sunburst Ceiling -- I need one of these in my house.

The indirect lighting was way ahead of its time.

Cadillac Black opened. Think Black Keys with more Skynard on the back side.

ZZ opened with "Got Me Under Pressure" and I got a little concerned that I was going to have to look at parts diagrams all evening. Having to this all day is more than enough. Luckily, it was only at the opening.

They went into Waiting for the Bus and the Jesus Just Left Chicago.

Billy is playing the '52 Fender Broadcaster he used to record the song back in '73. It's all original.

Next up was Pin Cushion. 

Lots of the Bearded Shuffle between Billy and Dusty. It's their version of choreography. They also had a nice setup of fixed cameras around the corners of the stage that would superimpose them on top of whatever video they had playing. 

I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide

Billy has a "hat change" moment

The best part was watching how bored Dusty and Frank were through it. LOL. I think Frank pounded back 5 redbulls and went through two packs of cigs in the 90 minutes. How he didn't have to run offstage for the bathroom is beyond me.

They did Future Blues ala Willie Brown

And then we were into Cheap Sunglasses,  just a piece of My Head's in Mississippi that segued into the Hendrix cover Hey Joe (??). This center section was just kind of muddled. Brown Sugar followed by Party on the Patio and then Just Got Paid. It was all over the place. 

The last five of the set, however, got even the oxygen tank ladies up and shaking their booties: Gimme All Your Lovin', Sharp Dressed Man, and Legs, with the fluffy guitars and the 80s videos to boot. 

The encore was Tush and La Grange, naturally. 

The old guys wrapped it up before 10:30. Good show over all. Glad I got to see them in the smaller space. 

One more Deco pic on the way out!

And one more fuzzy full moon picture between the golden leaves.


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