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A quick review of yesterday’s “Gang of Outlaws” concert at Celebrate Virginia Live. Ben Sellers, the floor is yours:
Perhaps it was country-rock-blues cross-appeal of the bill that brought folks swarming on a Sunday night for the “Gang of Outlaws” (Gretchen Wilson, Three Doors Down and ZZ Top). Regardless, everyone seemed united under a single “Fredneck” banner, best represented by the battle-scarred Confederate flag that waved in the dusky breeze. The turnout seemed to rival some of the bigger shows at the Job.com pavilion, though the Celebrate Virginia Live Facebook page indicated that tickets were still on sale as of midway through the show.
ZZ Top rocked it, covering many of the hits fans came to see (“Sharp Dressed Man,” “Legs,” “La Grange”) as well as “Vincent Price Blues” off the “From Dusk Till Dawn” soundtrack and a few more offbeat numbers. As seems to be the custom for Celebrate Virginia Live shows (likely due to the apartment complex a stone’s throw away), they cut it off at 9:30, leaving some fans with appetites unsated and the Texas blues-rockers’ massive song catalog only partially tapped (“Cheap Sunglasses” was notably absent). Yet most left satisfied–and probably more than grateful for the early last call when they woke up Monday morning. Maybe it was a good thing that Dusty and Billy didn’t keep rocking all night (and making barbecue) as they promised at one point during the show.