Monday, April 26, 2010

Denise and I went to see ZZ Top last night in Austin.

Or really, in Bee Caves, west of Austin. The old Backyard, where we saw lots of fun concerts, has been move3d to a new plot of land, north of the old site. This was the inaugural concert at the new site, so it was kind of a big deal.

Of course, before we headed for bee Caves, we headed down to North Austin and enjoyed a meal at our favorite Tex-Mex place, Pappasito's. I won't bore you with the details, but you can get the gist of it all by casting your longing gaze on my Brochette Shrimp. Plump, succulent wonders, stuffed with cheese and a slice of pepper, wrapped in bacon and grilled. Then dipped in a white wine and butter sauce that's so sinfully good it could make the Pope wanna suck a... Er, never mind.

After finishing our meal, we headed out on 71 towards Bee Caves. Then it was just a short stop at a local Mikky D's to get final directions (No, I didn't look it up on the web. Where the hell is the fun in that?), and we were there. And we weren't alone ether. The traffic goin' into the place was the big giveaway. "Uh, honey, I think we found the place." The web site says they have plenty of parking. Uh, yea, if you get there early. Be warned.

The lead-up band, Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights, came on at 8PM, while the sun was still up. There was a nice breeze blowing, cooling us off, but it would have been nice if they'd let some of us old folks bring in folding chairs.

Jonathan Tyler and his band put on a decent show. There's a huge Black Crowes vibe goin' on there, and I mean that in the best way. It'll be interesting so see them mature in time. After they finished, there was a half hour or so between shows. I spent most of that time in line to get our second round of drinks.

Then, as I got back to Denise, ZZ Top came on stage and began their show.

As I stood back on the lawn with Denise, it seemed the boys were starting out slow. Almost on slow motion. maybe it was the fact that they're just starting out on this new tour. I think this was their third show so far this tour. Who knows. It was probably just me.

However, when I moved closer down to the stage, to get some better pictures, the pace of the show quickened. The guys seemed to begin to have some fun, bustin' into some of the old routines, with Gibbons and Dusty Hill groovin' in sync with the beat.

They went through the whole range of the fan favorites, and tossed in some old blues tunes just for fun. In the end, they closed with Viva Las Vegas, La Grange and Tush. It was wonderful!

If you guys ever get the chance, check out these three old dudes from Texas. You won't be disappointed. Cheers.


Sarge Charlie said...

hey fhb, some of the band needed folding chairs...

Mushy said...

Great shots man.

Suldog said...

Had the pleasure of seeing them many years back in Boston. However, some damn idiot in the crowd threw a beer bottle about halfway through the set. It hit the stage and Gibbons pulled the band off. I'd still like to get my hands on that asswipe who threw it.

FHB said...

Sarge - True, true. But they still rock the joint.

Mushy - Thanks man. You're always missed.

Sully - Well shit, I'd be pissed too. That sucked. Go see 'em now. That still put on a great show.