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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Huntsville man spent some time Sunday living on top of the music world. He opened for legendary rock band ZZ Top. Dave Anderson and ZZ Top performed at the Von Braun Center.

Dave Anderson is no stranger to playing a big audience. He plays all over the country. A lot of Anderson’s gigs happen here in his hometown on a small stage. Anderson’s hometown audience just got bigger.

“The more I think about it, the more I don’t want to think about it. I want to just go up there and do my thing,” said Dave Anderson.

Anderson opened for ZZ Top during the rock band’s concert inside the VBC.  

“It’s a classic band that I have been a fan of my whole life,” said Anderson. “It is great. It’s awesome.”

The 45-year-old Huntsville resident wasn’t nervous until friends reminded him he was opening for ZZ Top.

“I try to not think about it. I haven’t had much stage fright in my life, but solo gigs are the only times I have it,” added Anderson.

The local musician has had his share of screams as a performer.

“I do solo gigs all the time. I do big shows often, but as a guitar player. I am not a front man and certainly not by myself,” added Anderson.

Anderson says the screams were not his concern. Anderson had something else to worry about in front of his hometown crowd.

“To not mess up. You know that’s when stuff goes wrong,” added Anderson.

Anderson got 30 minutes to rock the Rocket City. Was it enough?

“I prefer a shorter set if it is a support act. You don’t want to go too long on a support act. You want to get people going, get ready and get out of the way,” added Anderson.

Anderson sang six songs. He told WHNT NEWS 19 the 30-minute set went by so fast, but he enjoyed every second on the big stage in his hometown.

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