Monday, April 20, 2009

Tesla: Cummin' Atcha Live!

We had a great time last night at the Tesla show at the historic Rialto Theatre in beautiful downtown Joliet, Illinois. We've seen some great shows there. We've put plenty of videos on our YouTube channel, here is just a taste:

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Rocky Hill R.I.P.

Some sad news...Dusty's brother Rocky Hill passed away after a long illness.

If you can find any of Rocky's solo albums they are definitely worth picking up. You'll find some of the rare tunes ZZ plays (for example, "I walked from Dallas") on those albums.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dusty and the entire Hill family.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

ZZ Top Storytellers: Reverend Gibbons Re-marries Couple from Texas!

Well, since there was a pre-show article about this, and since some photos are already out there on Wire Image, we'll let you in on something very special that happened last night.

We were sitting right next to a very nice couple from Amarillo, Texas who had a "romantic" request for the band.  When the wife rose to ask her question, she explained that ZZ Top had been a very big part of their courtship and their marriage, and she asked the Reverend to perform a renewal of her and her husband's marriage vows!

Billy graciously agreed and asked the couple to come up onstage.  Billy did a very nice job and said some beautiful words about love and marriage, and I think he even pointed out his own wife Gilligan (don't remember if this was then or later in the show?) in the crowd.  When Billy finished, he had the couple seal the renewal with a kiss. 

At one point Billy said something about a marriage gift, or what does every bride want, something very sincere like that, and some clever fan yelled out "Pearl Necklace" -- that was very funny, let's hope it makes the final cut!

Storytellers Report

OK, we just got back from Storytellers. We'll try to have a longer report tomorrow, not sure if we should ruin the surprise of some of what happened.

There were no new songs or "rare" old songs played. The set was really killer, we were all essentially sitting onstage with the band. We had second row on Dusty's side and couldn't always see because of the camerman in front of us. We got to ask a question (one of only a handful that were asked) and will probably have a bit of screen time in the final cut.

The setting was great. The performance was great. The interaction was maybe not quite as much as we expected but that's a minor complaint. They only did about 10 songs or something and went back and played some of them twice (!) for production reasons. Since we were all on "stage" after the show ended the fans swarmed the set and I almost accidentally knocked Dusty's mike stand over. Or something along those lines.

Be sure to tune in to VH-1 when this episode airs on June 27.