Finally fulfilled one of my music wishes and saw ZZ Top last live night at the Hard Rock Rocksino near Cleveland last night. The best way I can describe their performance was "professional". As expected, they ran through most of the songs a fan would want to hear plus a few lesser known numbers. They were relaxed and seemed to be having fun relishing their status as a proven commodity. The mix was excellent, if not a little loud and most of the songs came across with the signature licks and vocals as they were recorded. I was impressed with Billy Gibbons as he proved himself to be more than a "one trick pony" on guitar. Dusty Hill and Frank Beard did what they do and did it well. You would never have thought all that could be just coming from three guys. All-in-all, they were what I hoped for live. The warm-up act was a band called "Blackberry Smoke" of whom I was unfamiliar, but they seemed to have a pretty strong following among the concert goers. As it turns out, they were very good playing in a genre' of country rock, Black Crows type stuff , and even some semblance of Eagles harder-edged country rock with excellent harmonies. The songs were creative and catchy and they could rock straight-up as well.They were very enjoyable and definitely have talent. Unfortunately, they are probably passe' in the present world of manufactured music. All-in-all it was great to finally get another great band I wanted to see live off the bucket list.