ZZ Top 1985. Great Concert, Bad Experiences
4/8/2013 12:44:00 PM
I get a little fired up whenever there's a ZZ Top concert announcement. This was the first band I saw at a real concert away from home, with no parents. It was a road trip from Davenport, IA to Cedar Rapids for the 1985 "Afterburner" tour. This was at the height of the MTV run for ZZ Top, and the stage consisted of a gigantic car dashboard, with the band wearing sequined trench coats, and spinning fuzzy guitars.
Great show, aside from the fact that I lost my wallet, and my friend's 1974 Dodge Duster threw a rod leaving us stranded on the side of I-80 in Iowa. We hitched a ride to the show from a total stranger, then had to have his 80 year old grandmother pick us up at the concert venue. Oh, well...at least I got this bitchin' ZZ Top keychain!
Years later, at KSHE's 29th Birthday Party, I saw ZZ Top again. After the show, and about a dozen golden sodas, we got to meet the band and have our pictures taken. I was trying to get the entire group to lean to the side, and swing their arms forward in unison in MTV-like fashion, like in the above clip. Standing behind me, Billy Gibbons put his hand on my shoulder and in his baritone voice said, "Knock it off, son." The only words I've ever exchanged with one of my favorite bands.
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