Texan rock trio ZZ Top hits the road this summer for 16 shows co-billed with award-winning country duo Brooks & Dunn starting on August...

Texan rock trio ZZ Top hits the road this summer for 16 shows co-billed with award-winning country duo Brooks & Dunn starting on August 1 in Albuquerque, NM and ending on September 13 in Tinley, IL. Interspaced are seven shows without Brooks & Dunn. ZZ Top has a long-standing relationship with the country music superstars having shared a CMT Crossroads TV special with the duo, who had recorded the band’s “Rough Boy” for the 2002 all star country ZZ Top tribute album “Sharp Dressed Men.”

ZZ Top’s Live From Texas in concert DVD debuted at #1 in Billboard’s Top Music DVD chart this week and also simultaneously holds the same position on the Canadian Music DVD chart. Initial orders in both countries more than qualify the release for RIAA (US) and CRIA (Canada) gold certification. Live From Texas had #1 debuts in both France and Sweden as the band embarked on its first European tour in six years.

Not resting on their laurels after almost 40 years of performing and recording, ZZ Top are now in the midst of a three-week whirlwind tour that includes an even dozen festival and concert performances in seven countries: Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Monaco. A number of the venues hosting the band have audience capacities in excess of 40,000.

In May, ZZ Top were joined by American Idol winner David Cook on the top-rated show’s finale for a rousing version of the band’s classic “Sharp Dressed Man.” The song is the centerpiece of the group’s album “Eliminator,” which was certified platinum 10 times by the RIAA, and has been renewed with additional tracks and video components and will be reissued in a special 25th Anniversary Collectors Edition by Warner Bros. through Rhino Entertainment next month.

Recent music licensing deals for ZZ Top catalog masters have included placements in such motion pictures as “The Bucket List” starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman and “Evan Almighty” starring Steve Carrell, as well as commercials for Pennzoil and AT&T.

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ZZ Top Itinerary:
(Dates subject to change)

August 1 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion
August 2 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion
August 3 Devore, CA Hyundai Pavilion
August 5 Nampa, ID Idaho Center
August 6 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
August 7 Sturgis, SD Buffalo Chip Campground*
August 8 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place
August 14 Louisville, KY Freedom Hall
August 15 Springfield, IL Illinois State Fair*
August 16 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center*
August 17 Oklahoma City, OK Ford Center*
August 23 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 24 Toronto, ON Molson Amphitheatre*
August 25 Syracuse, NY New York State Fair
August 26 Allentown, PA The Great Allentown Fair
August 29 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest*
August 31 Ft. Leonard Wood, MO Ft. Leonard Wood Arena*
September 5 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
September 6 Raleigh, NC Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
September 7 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Amphitheatre
September 9 York, PA York Fairgrounds & Convention Center
September 12 Pittsburgh, PA Post Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake
September 13 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

* without Brooks & Dunn