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06/23/2018 ZZ Top, John Fogerty, Ryan Kinder (Canandaigua, NY @ CMAC)

By Eric Bonus | June 25, 2018 11:58 am

ZZ Top is the band I have the earliest memories of, as I can clearly recall Dad spinning Eliminator (on vinyl!) at our old house when I was about four years old. Seeing the videos for all those singles over the years on MTV didn’t hurt either, let alone the fact that the band is just flat-out great. So not for lack of opportunity, as they’ve come around pretty regularly, but I finally got to see ZZ Top! I tried to convince the parents to come with me, but no dice on that front, so rolling solo I managed to get a front row ticket, albeit on the far right-hand side, but front row nonetheless. Being a passing CCR fan, having John Fogerty on the bill also was pretty nice. I got pretty lucky parking-wise, picking the right (and correct!) lane and then putting the car on some guys front lawn on the corner of Lakeshore and Moran. Got in, got a brew, and sat down for the opener, Ryan Kinder. I’m sure the guy is talented, but when it’s just a guy, a guitar, and a backing track, I’m instantly unimpressed. As I said on Facebook: “So the first “band” on for ZZ Top and John Fogerty is this guy Ryan Kinder, with a female accompanist singer, and a GODDAMN BACKING TRACK. No bass player, no drummer. WTF is this shit? FOH with this nonsense.”

So he got his half-hour or so, and then John Fogerty was next. He had a ton of energy, his band sounded great, and they played a very lengthy setlist that included a bunch of CCR in addition to his solo stuff – Fogerty has hits for days. He brought out his son (who is in the band) to sing Good Golly Miss Molly, and then Billy Gibbons came out to play a new song called “Holy Grail” that was pretty cool. All around solid set and I’m very happy to have gotten to see him!

John Fogerty
Travelin’ Band
Hey Tonight
Rock and Roll Girls
Who’ll Stop the Rain
Good Golly Miss Molly
Up Around the Bend
Holy Grail – with Billy Gibbons
Love and War
Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
I Heard It Through the Grapevine
Long as I Can See the Light
Keep On Chooglin’
Born on the Bayou
My Toot Toot
Jambalaya (On the Bayou)
New Orleans
Down on the Corner
The Old Man Down the Road
Fortunate Son

Bad Moon Rising
Proud Mary

Holy Grail (with Billy Gibbons)

Born on the Bayou

Bad Moon Rising / Proud Mary

Now it was time for that Little Ol’ Band From Texas! Just like with John Fogerty, it was all hits, all the time. It’s not like they have a bad song in the catalog anyway. Got Me Under Pressure was a cool opener, I personally love I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide, and I Gotsta Get Paid was pretty sweet too. Could not go wrong, they sounded awesome, and 4-year old me would have been proud.

ZZ Top
Got Me Under Pressure
I Thank You
Waitin’ for the Bus
Jesus Just Left Chicago
Gimme All Your Lovin’
Pearl Necklace
I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide
I Gotsta Get Paid
Sixteen Tons
Just Got Paid
Sharp Dressed Man

La Grange

Gimmie All Your Lovin

I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide

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