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Dallas, TX 09/21


Sep 21 2010
Dallas, TX Center

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.

This felt especially true in Dallas when ZZ Top took the stage to rapturous applause at the Center. The Texas trio absolutely rocked for 90 straight minutes, rifling through their hits while also finding time to tip their hats to Jimi Hendrix with a spine-tingling "Hey Joe."

"What a beautiful night for rock 'n roll!" Tom said as he stepped to the microphone after "I Won't Back Down." What a beautiful night indeed. After a sexy, drawn-out version of "Breakdown," Tom introduced the band. Following Mike Campbell's intro, a gorgeous brunette waltzed out instead of Chinner, Mike’s guitar tech, to deliver his Gibson Les Paul for "Jefferson Jericho Blues." Wide grins and laughs spread across the stage as band members stared in Mike's direction with envy.

Without missing a beat, Tom stepped to the mike, glanced back at Mike and said, "Man, I need a new guitar stand!"

Tulsa, here we come! Remember to check back for more from the Mojo tour!

Dallas Center
Tour Tracks: 
Jefferson Jericho Blues
Running Man's Bible
I Should Have Known It
Good Enough
American Girl
Oh Well
Listen to Her Heart
Kings Highway
Don't Come Around Here No More
Free Fallin'
I Won't Back Down
Mary Jane's Last Dance
Runnin' Down A Dream
Learning To Fly


carolwand's picture

I, too, am disappointed they are playing Dallas in mid Sept. We bought the "Mojo Pkg" and were very tempted to get a refund when word got out that they rescheduled. In addition, the concert was moved from a Saturday night in May to a "work night" in Sept. Obviously, they rebooked in order to perform on SNL (Same night as original concert date). My husband and I saw TP&THB two years ago at the American Airlines Center (inside) here in Dallas and the concert rocked non-stop. I'll be really bummed if the weather is too hot to be comfortable...not only for us, but for the band too!
subrosali's picture

I'll take ZZ Top over Joe Cocker or Steve Winwood ANY day! Even if it means sitting in the grass! Haha...I saw Tom and the Heartbreakers about 18 or 19 years ago in the same spot, and we froze our butts off! But it was worth it. Thanks for rescheduling and bring ZZ Top along for the ride!
thomaspetty's picture

Why keep scheduling outdoor concerts in Dallas in the hottest part of the year? The last TP concert here a couple of years ago it was still at least 103 when it started. We had to leave before TP even got on stage because it was so unbearable, even after paying for VIP passes. People were passing out left and right. Between that and babysitter, we were out nearly $300 and never saw them take the stage. Ok, that was August and this is Sept now, but its not a whole lot cooler by then. I won't go just because of the time of year. Avoid killing the audience by moving indoors or scheduling during cooler months. PLEASE!