ZZ Top with special guest, Cheap Trick, rocked Chateau Ste. Michelle

by MK Scott

It was a double celebration on Wednesday, August 21, at the beautiful Chateau Ste. Michelle winery in Woodinville and the Champagne and wine flowing added to a fabulous night of good food and music from two iconic bands: Cheap Trick and ZZ Top.

Even the dark overcast sky couldn’t dampen the night with Cheap Trick taking the stage as they celebrated their 45th anniversary with hits like ‘Hello There’, ‘You Got It Going On’, ‘Big Eyes’, ‘California Man’, and ‘If You Want My Love’.

Lead singer, Robin Zander, 66, all dressed in white, still had the pipes and remained flawless.

The Fats Domino cover ‘Ain’t That a Shame’, followed by ‘I’m Waiting for the Man’ and the iconic ‘Heaven Tonight’ were an equal blend of classic and hard rock melodies.

Cheap Trick ended with ‘I Want You to Want Me’, ‘Dream Police’ and the final song, ‘Surrender’ included surprise appearances by Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready and Matt Cameron.

I was slightly disappointed that they omitted their biggest hits, 1987’s ‘The Flame’ and the Elvis cover ‘Don’t be Cruel’. My fiancee’ was also disappointed they left out ‘Born to Raise Hell’ from the 1983 cult classic animated feature, Rock & Rule and ‘Reach Out’ from 1981’s Heavy Metal.

Overall, Cheap Trick was a great way to start rocking the night away before ZZ Top took the stage.

By sundown, ZZ Top came out to celebrate their 50th anniversary and performed ‘Got Me Under Pressure’, ‘I Thank You’, ‘Waitin’ for the Bus’, ‘Jesus Just Left Chicago’ and one of their biggest hits, ‘Gimme All Your Lovin’.

Then, unfortunately, it began to pour and without ponchos and umbrellas, several attendees left, including me and my plus one. We could still hear ‘Pearl Necklace’ and ‘I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide’ all the way to the parking lot.

According to Setlist.fm, the concert continued with ‘I Gotsta Get Paid’, ‘My Head’s in Mississippi’, ‘Sixteen Tons’ (the Merle Travis cover), ‘Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers’ and ‘Just Got Paid’.

Then came their monster hits ‘Sharp Dressed Man’ and ‘Legs’. They followed that with ‘La Grange’ and ‘Tush’.

All three bandmates, Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard (the drummer with a beard) are all around 70 years old and gave their all, and despite the rain their set was nearly perfect and that feeling was echoed from their videos on stage.

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