ZZ TOP ROCKS THE VENETIAN – APRIL 20, 21, 25, 27, & 28TH
That little band from Texas is coming back to our fair city to rock the house for 5 engagements at the Venetian Hotel and Casino starting April 20th and running through the 28th.
Music aficionados who love to get off on the sounds of screaming guitars belting out rock rolling rhythm and blues will certainly get their money’s worth, and then some, from this dynamic trio which hails from the great state of Texas.
Locals and visitors alike will no doubt delight as the band plays their hits during what they are calling their Viva Las Vegas tour.
I had the privilege of seeing ZZ Top in Roanoak, Virginia back in the mid 90’s and was blown away. I have attended 60 live concert performances to date that featured every artist from A to Z including Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Cher, Peter Frampton, REO Speedwagon, Joe Walsh, AC/DC, Heart, Ted Nugent, and many many others but Los Tres Hombres De Tejas are the best at what they do and a rocking force of nature unto themselves. The band’s unique fusion of blues and rock coupled with an amazing stage show and presence make seeing ZZ Top a concert experience you will definitely not want to miss.
I was at the front and center stage and I spent much of the show pressed tight up against the retaining wall but I did not mind that in the least. The stage was set up to look like an old-timey style radio and there was a transformer set up on the right side of the stage that had green fiber optic lines running out of it across the ceiling of the Roanoak Convention Center. At one point the drummer, Frank Beard, got up in the middle of a song and he went into the transformer by standing on a conveyer belt on the floor. Next went Dusty Hill and then while he was still playing rhythm on his guitar Billy Gibbons went inside the transformer and the door closed behind him.
There were loud pops from arcs and sparks began to fly from the top of the transformer while overhead, the lines running into it began to glow a bright green. Suddenly there was a loud noise like an explosion and the door to the transformer flew open, a body fell to the floor and the crowd gasped in shock. But the body was not a body at all but a dummy in ZZ Top clothing. As I watched three huge tubes that were made to look like radio vacuum tubes began to rise out of the top of the radio set and inside the clear tubes were Frank, Dusty, and Billy. Dusty and Billy had their white poodle guitars and they just cut loose from there on out.
Not to imply that they had been holding anything back prior to this but that they ratcheted it up even more. Out of all the concerts I have attended and the number of top name acts that I have seen in my days ZZ Top ranks in the top 3 without a doubt.
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