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Hometown shows are always special nights.
Next weekend, the Heartbreakers will bring the Mojo tour to Los Angeles for a homecoming show at the Hollywood Bowl that will no doubt be full of friends and family.
Friday night at Houston's Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion was much the same way for Billy Gibbons, the 60-year-old Houston native and frontman for ZZ Top. A few songs into their set, Gibbons introduced his mother, Lorraine, who appeared onstage to thunderous applause and blew a kiss to her son.
That Little ol' Band from Texas dusted off classics including "Waiting on the Bus," "Tush," "La
"Are you ready for some rock 'n roll, Tulsa?"
Tom grinned at the capacity crowd in the beautiful BOK Center before launching into the opening chords of "American Girl" on his blonde Rickenbacker.
Two teenage blonde girls in the front row shrieked with delight as they recognized the melody of the Heartbreaker hit. A few rows behind them, three college-aged guys bobbed their heads along to the beat while trading smiles and high-fives. A few seats away, an older couple swayed to the music in each others arms, exchanging smiles and knowing glances.
There may be no song more universal than "American
Bill Graham built his reputation as a legendary rock promoter through producing fantastic double bills at his Fillmore venues in San Francisco and New York throughout the '60s that paired artists who on the surface may not appear to have much in common but were artistically simpatico.
While the industry has largely moved away from Graham's practice in favor of booking big-time headliners with smaller opening acts, the pairing of ZZ Top with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers on the current leg of the Mojo tour feels like something Graham might have put together back in his hey day.
Chinner shows another of Mike's guitars. This Gretsch is used on 'I Won't Back Down'.
September 22, 2010
Tom Petty is showing his support for The Blues Foundation by signing some of his albums to be used in E-bay auctions to raise money for The Blues Foundation. The first autographed album The Blues Foundation is offering is an autographed LP of Hard Promises. Click here.
Hurry though--bidding ends on September 25 at 05:36:15 PDT
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September 21, 2010
Check out this informative 5 minute video with the band's Front of House
Engineer Robert Scovill. For anyone interested in the technical side of the band's live sound this is a must see!Filed under:
Buried Treasure Show #113 (repeat), Season 5 / Show 15, airs September 16-20, 2010.
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Albert King Down Don't Bother Me Born Under A Bad Sign
The Band Don't Ya Tell Henry (live) Live At Watkins Glen
The Beatles I'm A Loser Beatles For Sale (remastered)
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Looking out across the lawn Saturday as dusk fell on Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion in Raleigh, NC, I'm reminded of what a diverse bunch Heartbreaker Nation is.
We're young, and we're old(er). We're moms and we're daughters, sons and we're fathers. We're white and we're black, and all shades in between. We come from all walks of life and along all points of the journey, gathering together to celebrate an amazing band and a songbook that has served as the soundtrack to so many of our lives.
ZZ Top added to Saturday's celebration with a solid set of hits spanning their four-decade career.
I never fully appreciated how good Steve Ferrone is until I sat behind Mike Campbell's amp stack in Charlotte and watched the drummer play "Breakdown."
Steve is a gentle giant off stage, funny and gregarious, but hand him a pair of drumsticks and put him behind a kit and the guy turns into a drum-pummeling maniac. On songs like "Runnin' Down a Dream" and "You Wreck Me," Steve pounds out galloping rhythms with precision and ferocity.
On "Breakdown," Steve's playing is all feel, driving the song from deep in the pocket with a funky groove that gives the song a slinkiness that perfectly