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  posted on 3/15/2006 at 08:49 PM
and he's bound for New Orleans.
Well now, Jesus just left Chicago and he's bound for New Orleans.
Yeah, yeah.
Workin' from one end to the other and all points in between.

Took a jump through Mississippi, well, muddy water turned to wine.
Took a jump through Mississippi, muddy water turned to wine.
Yeah, yeah.
Then out to California through the forests and the pines.
Ah, take me with you, Jesus.

You might not see him in person but he'll se you just the same.
You might not see him in person but he'll se you just the same.
Yeah, yeah.
You don't have to worry 'cause takin' care of business is his name.
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"Master of Sparks"

Master Of Sparks
High class Slim came floatin' in
down from the county line.
Just gettin' right on Saturday night,
ridin' with some friends of mine.
They invited me just to come and see
just what was on their minds
and then I took my first long look
at the Master of Sparks on high.

In the back of Jimmy's Mack
stood a round steel cage
welded into shape by Slim,
made out of sucker gauge.
How fine, they cried, now with you inside,
strapped in there safe and sound.
I thought, my-o-my, how the sparks will fly
if that thing ever hit the ground.

Slim was so pleased when I had eased
into his trap of death.
He had slammed the door but I said no more
and I though I'd breathed my last breath.
We was out in the sticks down Highway Six
and the crowd was just about right.
The speed was too, so out I flew
like a stick of rollin' dynamite.

When I hit the ground you could hear the sound
and see the sparks a country mile.
End over end I began to spin
but the ball started runnin' wild.
But it was too late as I met my fate
and the ball started gettin' hot.
But through the sparks and the flame I knew that the claim
of the Master of Sparks was gone.
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"Precious And Grace"
Ridin' top the floodway on a Friday night,
the landscape's a fine and nat'ral sight.
Just cruisin' slow through the dark of night.
With Precious and Grace ev'rything's all right.

Good God Almighty, we was goin' down slow,
yeah, if we knew just where we had to go.
Cryin', just a flyin' down a put out road
with Precious and Grace in my flathead Ford.

So if you're out rollin' late some night,
yeah, and you need that supernatural delight, I'm talkin' to you, brother,
I know somebody's, they's just out of sight.
Get with Precious and Grace, they gonna treat you right.
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I love those three songs as much now as I did when "Tres Hombres" came out !!!!

I have often wondered if the "Master of Sparks" story was true.....A big welded ball of metal, pushed out the back of a pick up truck, with someone strapped inside.........

 

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  posted on 3/15/2006 at 08:52 PM
He was here? Damn, I missed him.

Well, my wife's always telling me I'm going to get left behind.

 

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I was playing those songs and the urge hit me to force them on you folks !


I love that Master of Sparks...LOL

 

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  posted on 3/15/2006 at 09:08 PM
ZZ Top played the beacon recently. My brother went and said it was awesome. Supposedly they've cut back on the gimmicks and just played the hell out of it.
 

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I hear ya, ODB! I was just thinkin' today, how cool it'd be for Billy Gibbons to take the stage with the Brothers one of these days at the Beacon...

 

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  posted on 3/15/2006 at 09:34 PM
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I hear ya, ODB! I was just thinkin' today, how cool it'd be for Billy Gibbons to take the stage with the Brothers one of these days at the Beacon...


Billy Gibbons, the man who was paid homage by Jimi Hendricks, with the Brothers would be BadA$$ed

 

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I hear ya, ODB! I was just thinkin' today, how cool it'd be for Billy Gibbons to take the stage with the Brothers one of these days at the Beacon...



and just be Billy...without all the flash....and play some low down dirty blues !

 

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  posted on 3/15/2006 at 09:58 PM
'My Heads in MissiZZippi" i am "Waiting on the Bus" Gus "I just got Paid"
going down to "Party on the Patio" gonna wear "My Cheap SonGlasses"
and my "0ld Blues Jeans"...

I can relate
ZZ iz T0P
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  posted on 3/15/2006 at 10:58 PM
I'm about ready to leave Chicago too - Beacon bound!!!!!

 

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  posted on 3/15/2006 at 11:02 PM
Before MTV & the all the videos hit, these guys kicked arse! Man, I'm gonna have to whip some of these albums out tonight. Still have to pick up Tres Hombres.....just came out again on cd.

 

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  posted on 3/15/2006 at 11:13 PM
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Before MTV & the all the videos hit, these guys kicked arse! Man, I'm gonna have to whip some of these albums out tonight. Still have to pick up Tres Hombres.....just came out again on cd.


with 3 extra live cuts........

 

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  posted on 3/15/2006 at 11:19 PM
I doubt Billy will be sitting in.

Bill Ham (ZZ Top manager) has never let the boys sit in with anyone, anywhere.

Damn shame, I would have loved to have heard Billy play with Stevie Ray in a Houston nightclub.

 

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  posted on 3/15/2006 at 11:19 PM
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I'm about ready to leave Chicago too - Beacon bound!!!!!



But you are hardly Jesus.



Didn't say I was.........

 

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  posted on 3/16/2006 at 07:09 AM
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I was playing those songs and the urge hit me to force them on you folks !

May the force be with me! I love most of their stuff. The first album is my favorite. What a cool name "ZZ Tops First Album". "On my way to Mexico", " Brown Sugar", Lord help me I need a fixx now!

 

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  posted on 3/16/2006 at 07:13 AM
Weird, because I thought Jesus just left Birmingham

 

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ZZ Top played the beacon recently. My brother went and said it was awesome. Supposedly they've cut back on the gimmicks and just played the hell out of it.
I was at the Thursday night show and 'tis true they basically "played" and dropped all gimmicks ( except for the perfectly cheesy shiny green jackets worn by Billy & Dusty , some cheese with these guys is perfectly good cheese ! ) The show was a bit short ( 90 min with the encore ) but considering none of the ZZ guys are spring chickens either the shorter set is understandable. It is only the 3 of them making that beautiful blues racket !

 

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  posted on 3/16/2006 at 08:25 AM
Sho got Cold After The Rain Fell !!!!!!

 

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  posted on 3/16/2006 at 08:59 AM
Does anyone remember the show at the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium during the World Wide Texas Tour when "Fandango" came out? I could use some help remembering, but I believe Marshall Tucker opened for them, and maybe even Elvin Bishop before MTB. My memory is hazy, but I do remember ZZ Top kicking some ass!

 

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I doubt Billy will be sitting in.

Bill Ham (ZZ Top manager) has never let the boys sit in with anyone, anywhere.

Damn shame, I would have loved to have heard Billy play with Stevie Ray in a Houston nightclub.


Actually, Billy & Dusty did play a couple of songs with the Brothers a while back. The ABB was playing a pre-Super Bowl Party gig in Nawlins. A song or two of the brothers was televised on WTBS. The part with the ZZ boys was not televised.

 

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  posted on 3/16/2006 at 10:12 AM
January 26, 1997, House of Blues N Orleans.

Gibbons and Hill played on Rock Me Baby and One Way Out.

 

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  posted on 3/16/2006 at 10:44 AM
I love ZZ Top and Tres Hombres is STILL my favorite album from them. I played a lot of their stuff when I was younger and just starting out on bass. The bass lines are simple, but effective. And if you pull out some ZZ Top at a gig, most folks are gonna dig it. (Eff 'em if they don't!)

 

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Does anyone remember the show at the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium during the World Wide Texas Tour when "Fandango" came out? I could use some help remembering, but I believe Marshall Tucker opened for them, and maybe even Elvin Bishop before MTB. My memory is hazy, but I do remember ZZ Top kicking some ass!



I was there also SCB !

With all the Cattle and stuff on stage....it was a great show...They had a killer ZZ Top program book and thats where I read that "Master of Sparks" was a true incident that Billy was involved in when he was young.

I think your right about the Marshall Tucker Band and Elvin Bishop...but like you I can't remember who all was there. I wonder why LOL !

Any of you that have never heard their first two albums "ZZ Top First Album" and "Rio Grande Mud" your missing what the Top was all about and why I love them so much.



Heres is some samples:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000002KJO/ref=m_art_li_10/103-5835820-421 5856?s=music&v=glance&n=5174

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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000002KJM/ref=m_art_li_13/103-5835820-421 5856?s=music&v=glance&n=5174

 

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  posted on 3/16/2006 at 12:01 PM


SantaCruzBlues......

it was

ZZ TOP
LYNYRD SKYNYRD
MARSHALL TUCKER BAND
ELVIN BISHOP

Point Blank opened some shows, but we got the MTB instead...which was fine with me.

Here is some info I found about the tour:

These are various clippings:

ZZ TOP TOUR IS THE LARGEST IN ROCK HISTORY

London Records' ZZ Top has embarked on a tour which will reach a
larger audience than any single connected series of dates in the history of
rock and roll.
"ZZ Top's Worldwide Texas Tour: Taking Texas to the People" will take
the Texas trio to an audience of over two million concert-goers worldwide. The
tour will reach close to one hundred American cities and four continents, with
dates in Europe, England, Australia and Japan.
The "little ol' band from Texas," which Newsweek says has "outdrawn
Elvis Presley in Nashville, broken Led Zeppelin's attendance record for
New Orleans, and reportedly sold more records last summer than the Rolling
Stones at the height of tehir celebrated national tour," is playing major
stadiums like those in Anaheim (capacity 60,000), Denver (capacity 55,000),
Atlanta (65,000), Memphis (60,000), Kansas City (55,000), New Orleans (60,000),
Chicago (65,000), San Diego (45,000) and Pittsburgh (65,000).

1,440 MAN HOURS REQUIRED TO ERECT ZZ TOP EQUIPMENT

It will take a crew of 40 men working two days and nights to erect
the stage, lighting and sound system for "ZZ Top's Worldwide Texas Tour: Taking
Texas to the People." The "Texas Tour" requires 75 tons of equipment, twice
as much as was carried by the Rolling Stones on their 1975 tour. Hardware and
the crew who service it are travelling in a caravan of thirteen vehicles,
including nine 40' semi-trailers, two customized Silver Eagle crew buses with
stereo, kitchen facilities and color TV's, a customized bus with specially
ventilated trailers for stage animals and a prop truck. Each of the three
lead semi-trailers has been painted with a Texas scene by a regional Texas
artist, and the three paintings dovetail into a single 120' landscape. In
case of accident, the production package and its crew are insured for
$10,000,000.

$140,000 SPENT FOR ANIMALS ON ZZ TOP TOUR

One of the only 500 pure-bred longhorn steers in America, a 2,000
pound black buffalo, two trained black "buzzards", and two huge rattlesnakes
will be part of the stage presentation for "ZZ Top's Worldwide Texas Tour--
Taking Texas to the People."
Over $140,000 is being spent to insure that the animals are as healthy
and comfortable as the humans.
They will travel under the direct supervision of animal expert
Ralph Fisher, who holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees
in agricultural education.
The six animals will travel in an extra-large, specially ventilated
and lit goose-neck stock trailer with separate stalls for each. Roomy pens
with exercise facilities will be constructed for the animals on the site
of each concert. A local veterinarian will be back-stage during each show.
The animals will be innoculated against anthrax, brucelosis and
shipping fever, and the veterinary bus hauling their trailer will carry a
refrigerator stocked with medicines in case of illness.

FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (NEWSWEEK)

ZZ Top bills itself as "that little ol' band from Texas." In the last
year and a half little ol' ZZ--a three-man group specializing in gut-level
rock for long-haired red necks-- has smashed more than a dozen box-office
records to become one of the biggest concert acts in the country. [...]
Yet ZZ Top has never made the top ten with a hit single because it
does not get air play on such make-or-break AM rock radio stations as New
York's giant WABC. Nor has the group been pushed by the critics, who tend to
dismiss it as primitive. Still, ZZ Top has tapped a vein of solid gold in
grass-roots America. In addition to its concert success, two of its four
albums have achieved "platinum" status (sales of 1 million units each). Its
last one, "Fandango," is still selling 50,000 albums a week more than six
months after its release.
In the early '60s the Beach Boys made "let's go surfin' now" a national
imperative--even on the prairies. Now ZZ Top is out to make hell-raising
along the Mexican border a good time everyone can share. "Most of the things
we write about are very Texas," says bass guitarist Dusty Hill, "but
everybody everywhere goes to whores, drinks beer and drives fast." Musically,
ZZ Top doesn't come close to the Beach Boys. But it does play a brand of
basic bluesy boogie rock that makes audiences at least want to light
firecrackers. During a recent concert at New York City's Felt Forum, the crowd
set off several cherry bombs in appreciation.
Thrills: Onstage in spangled cowboy suits (costing a reported $1,300
apiece), Hill and lead guitarist Billy Gibbons, backed by drummer Frank Beard,
all 26, sing about such Texas landmarks as a now defunct whorehouse in La
Grange. "In "Precious and Grace" they tell of picking up two female ex-con
hitch-hikers, and in "Master of Sparks" they describe what it's like to be
kicked off the back end oif a speeding pickup--for thrills. "Rock 'n' roll
started as a rebelious Southern form of musical expression," says Gibbons.
"We are trying to synthesize our Texas way of being into music."
Gibbons, a former art student, started out at 18 as a protege of the
late Jimi Hendrix, who showed him guitar licks while Gibbons was playing
with a psychedelic rock band in Houston. In 1970, he formed ZZ Top (the name's
derivation is a "secret") with Beard and Hill, who were from rival bands in
Dallas.
ZZ began with appearances in Texas beer halls where drunken brawls
and gunfights only enhanced their act. "Our motto," says Gibbons, "was keep
playing and turn up the amp a little." ZZ developed a strong regional base
that solidified north of the Mason-Dixon line with the release of its
third album, "Tres Hombres." Now, instead of pickups, they drive Eldorado
convertibles and are stocking up on oil leases instead of six-packs.
For Thanksgiving last week, ZZ Top went home to give shows in
San Antonio, Houston, Fort Worth and Dallas--selling out 36,000 tickets in
less than twelve hours at Houston's new arena, The Summit. "Honest ignorance"
is how Billy Gibbons describes ZZ's appeal. Old-fashioned bull, Texas-style,
is more like it.
--Maureen Orb

ZZ TOP GLOBAL TREK HAS $20 MIL POTENTIAL

Stormy weather held down attendance at ZZ Top's first outdoor date on
their worldwide tour, one of the most ambitious and extensive concert treks
ever undertaken by a rock group.
Four days of heavy rain preceded the group's Saturday (29) stand at
45,000-seat Groves Stadium, on the campus of Wake Forest University, Winston-
Salem, N.C. Nonetheless, some 20,000 fans turned out despite hail storms
and tornado warnings.
With special guests Lynyrd Skykyrd, Elvin Bishop and Point Blank,
ZZ Top grossed $175,000 for promoter Phil Lashinsky's Entam Ltd.
100 CITIES. The Groves Stadium date was the beginning of the first leg of
ZZ Top's year-and-a-half global trek, which will take then to over 100
U.S. cities, Europe, Japan, Australia and Mexico. Called "Bringing Texas
to the People", the entire outing is expected to reach some two million people
and has a potential gross of $20 million.
Though different promoters will be employed in various venues, overall
coordination and supervision is beinh handled by Bill Ham, group's manager, of
BH Associates, Houston.
Tikcet prices at all outdoor dates are $8.50 advance, $10 day of show;
prices at dindoor facilities are $6 advance, $7 day of show. Opening acts
will vary, by Lynyrd Skykyrd, Aerosmith, Elvin Bishop and Point are among
confirmed groups that will be appearing. ZZ Top is booked through American
Talent International (ATI), New York.
Following Winston-Salem, schedule for the first leg, which includes
some 38 U.S. cities with average facility capacity of 22,500, includes Norfolk
(Va.) Scope, June 2; Richmond (Va.) Coliseum, 3; Braves Stadium, Atlanta, 5;
Knoxville (Tenn.) Coliseum, 6; Louisville (Ky.) Exposition Center, 7; Three
Rivers Stadium, Pittsburg, 12; Jacksonville (Fla.) Veterans Memorial Stadium,
20; Niagara Falls (N.Y.) Convention Center, 23; Broome County (N.Y.) Veterans
Memorial Arena, Binghamton, 24; Cape Cod (N.H.) Coliseum, 25; Philadelphia
Spectrum, 26; Richfield (Ohio) Coliseum, 28; Charleston (W. Va.) Civic Center,
29; Carolima Coliseum, Columbia, S.C., July 1; Memphis Memprial Stadium, 4;
Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, 7; Omaha (Neb.) Ak-Sar-Ben Colisum, 9; Chiefs
Stadium, Kansas City, Mo., 11; Sugar Bowl, New Orleans, 17; Minneapolis
Metropolitan Sports Center, 23; Soldiers Field, Chicago, 25.
Mile High Stadium, Denver, Aug 1; Albuquerque San Diego (Calif.) Sports
Arena, 8; Fresno (Calif.) Convention Center, 10; Cow Palace, San Francisco, 18;
Capital Centre, Landover, Md., Sept 9; Madison Square Garden, New York, 10;
Cobo Hall, Detroit, 12, Milwaukee Arena, 14; Boise Idaho, facility
undetermined, 19; Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, Utah, 20; Las Vegas (Nev.)
Convention Center, 21; Tucson (Ariz.) Community Center, 24; Phoenix (Ariz.)
Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 25.
Additional dates are being firmed for Portland, Ore., and Seattle,
Wash., according to an ATI spokesman. After the first U.S. Segment, group will
travel to Europe in October, then to Japan, Australia and Mexico. After a
month's rest, a second U.S. route will be firmed for spring, 1977, with dates
in Texas and other states.
PRODUCTION. The mammoth tour is carrying one of the most elaborate stage
setups in recent concert history.
To give audiences a feeling for the Texas territory from which ZZ Top
derives its music, the trio is fielding $100,000 stage measuring 63-by-48
feet, with two 20-by-40 ft. sound wings. Stage weighs a total of 35 tons, over
three times the weight of the stage the Rolling Stones used on their last U.S.
tour.
The playform is shaped like the Lone Star State tilted at a four-degree
angle to display the outline of Texas painted on its surface. Behind the stage
is a three-dimensional panorama of the Texas prairies stretching to the
Sierra Madre mountains.
The effect is achieved via five crims measuring 36-feet wide and
20-feet high. Each scrim is individually lit to allow effects varying from
nightfall to a Texas sunrise, complete with lightning in the Sierra Madres.
The scrims were hand-painted by a team of 16 artists working in an aircraft
hanger at Waco, Texas.
Stage is decorated with live, 10-feet-tall yucca, agave, **** ly pear
and century cacti. Lighting includes 130 fixtures consuming 96,000 watts of
power. Sound consist of 260 speakers powered by JBL, Crown and Linear amps
capable of emitting 40,000 watts of power.
A crew of 40 men, working from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day is required
to erect the stage and lighting and sound systems. Seventy-five tons of
equipment is involved and the hardware and crew (about 50 road members),
travel in a caravan of 11 vehicles. Fleet includes seven 40-ft. semi-trailers,
two customized Silver Eagle crew buses and a prop truck. Each of the four
lead semi-trailers will be painted with a Texas scene by a regional Texas
artist, and the four paintings will dovetail into a single 160-ft. landscape.
In case of accident the production package and its crew are insured for
$10 million.
ANIMALS. In addition, one of the only 500 pure-bred longhorn steers in America,
a 2,000 pound black buffalo, two trained black vultures and two six foot
diamond-back rattlesnakes will be part of the stage presentation.
Over $140,000 is being spent to ensure that the animals are as healthy
and comfortable as the humans. They travel under the direct supervision of
animal expert Ralph Fisher, who holds Bachelor of Science and Master of
Education degrees in agricultural education.
The 6 animals will travel in an extra-large, specially ventilated
and lit goose-neck stock trailer, with separate stalls for each animal.
To rehearse the stage show prior to the tour, ZZ Top rented the
Houston Astrodome's Astro Arena for a full week.
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  posted on 3/16/2006 at 12:17 PM
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I have often wondered if the "Master of Sparks" story was true.....A big welded ball of metal, pushed out the back of a pick up truck, with someone strapped inside.........


ODT, I remember hearing or reading an interview with Billy Gibbons where he stated that not only was it true, but I believe that the Right Reverend Billy G actually took the ride. Somehow I think that Billy said the ball was actually pulled behind the truck. My memories from that time have such a sweet smoky haze to them. I for one second several of the comments here where the Top, regardless of their playing abilities being evidently undiminished, lost me when they turned into a "sequenced" cartoon during the eighties .... or was it early nineties?

One of my favorite memories of ZZ Top was they were the headliner at an outdoor show in Winston-Salem. Talk about smoky haze! But I distinctly remember being transcended by the music during "Blue Jean Blues" to a blues nirvana where I've only tread ........ ohh ... Ok a couple of hands full of time.

There is also a book written by a former roadie of ZZ's. I can't recall the name but way pre-"Reddog Tales." That gave a very candid look into the beginning of that band which has acquired a now sort of Zepplinesque mystique. A very fun read where Frank, Dusty and Billy are very much real people acting crazy, very much like we all certainly did back then. It's filled with a couple of stories about Duane and the ABB, too.

You know I think I'll put on "Tres Hombres."

 

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  posted on 3/16/2006 at 12:22 PM
This link will lead to some old ZZ TOP pictures, some even from that Atlanta Stadium Tour.

They are thumbnail size photos........

it's says you can join for free....but when you do...it will say that you need to upgrade to see them larger and of course you have to pay for that...LOL

But the The photos are still prett cool:

http://www.wireimage.com/GalleryListing.asp?navtyp=GLS=1=4=48=&str=&styp=&s fld=&nbc1=1&sortval=1d

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