Sunday, July 19, 2009

Headin' out again.

We're headin' up to Dallas this afternoon, beginnin' the first leg of a two week road trip. The trip will originally take us to Kentucky, where we'll spend a week or so with Denise's kids and grandkids. But, like I said, first we're goin' up to Dallas.

There's a concert tonight at the State Fair Grounds, at what used to be called The Starplex Amphitheater. Anyway that's what they called it back in the day... back when I saw Elton John there, and Steely Dan, and my first Lollapalooza concert in '94. But now it's called the Center. These things are so transient. Thank God some things are eternal, like the heat of a Texas summer night out under the band shell awning and good, loud music, like this.

And maybe some of this.

And then... well, the main attraction will take the stage. You're sayin' "Main attraction? ZZ Top ain't good enough?" Oh no. Not sayin' that at all! But they're just the lead-up band. The main attraction will sound somthin' like this.

And this.

After the gig we'll drive as far east as we can stand and find a hotel room somewhere along I-30. Then we'll drive on to Bowling Green, Kentucky in the morning, and spend the week with Denise's family. There'll be a short trip from there during the week, up to Ohio to visit with another friend and check out the Air Force Museum. Then, the next Monday, I'll drive Denise down to the airport in Nashville so she can fly home.

Turns out she could only get one week off, so she's got to head home early. It's a huge bummer, but what can ya do? So I'll drop her off, give her a big goodbye smooch 'n squeeze and then head east on I-40 and spend a few days with some other good friends. Then we'll all get in our cars and drive west along the length of Tennessee and spend two nights doin' this sort of thing.

Beale street, Memphis Tennessee. We'll be within' easy walkin' distance of Beale from our hotel, so there won't be anything to get in the way of the fun. We should also be in easy walking distance from a hand full of cool sights during the day, like the Sun Studios Museum and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. We've all done Graceland before, so we'll let the King rest this time. It'll be two days and nights of Blues, booze and BBQ, or somethin' like that. I can't WAIT!

By the end of that week it'll be time to head home. I'll say goodbye to my friends there in Memphis and head west, but then I'll take a short trip north on I- 55 to try to find another good friend. Then, after a short get-together, I plan to drive on home, or as close to it as I can. I should be back here by August 1st, and the homecoming should be great!

Yep, Road Trip 2009 looks like it'll be a great time. So you'll have to excuse my absence. I'll be back here in a few weeks. I'm not sure if I'll be able to post much from the road, but you know I'll be takin' lots of pictures to show you, and I've set up a few things to post themselves while I'm gone.

So, you try to have some fun and we'll talk about it all on the other side. Cheers!


Lin said...

Have a safe and wonderful trip, lil bro - it sounds like a perfect itinerary and I am envious as hell!
Give the boys a big bear hug for me, too, okay?

FHB said...

I will, but if it cracks a few more ribs, it's on your head.

Suldog said...

Damn, FHB! I saw a twin bill of The Top and Aerosmith years back, in the old Boston Garden. This was just after "Tush" became such a big hit for them. Some dickhead in the crowd tossed a beer bottle that hit Frank Beard's bass drum, and the band left the stage after about 30 minutes playing. One of the most disappointing concert experiences I ever had, as I was really getting into it. Aerosmith came out, local Boston boys as you know, so nobody threw any shit at them, and they rocked it hard, but it was the only time I ever saw ZZ Top and I'd still like to kick the ass of whoever threw that bottle.

Becky said...

I love me some classic rock! I've got it all on my iPod!

FHB said...

It was a great show. I'll tell ya all about it when I get home and get a chance to work on the pictures.