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 1Albuquerque, NMJournal Pavilion
August 2Phoenix, AZCricket Pavilion
August 3Devore, CAHyundai Pavilion
August 5Nampa, IDIdaho Center
August 6Auburn, WAWhite River Amphitheatre
August 7Sturgis, SDBuffalo Chip Campground*
August 8Vancouver, BCGeneral Motors Place
August 14Louisville, KYFreedom Hall
August 15Springfield, ILIllinois State Fair*
August 16Kansas City, MOSprint Center*
August 17Oklahoma City, OKFord Center*
August 23Clarkston, MIDTE Energy Music Theatre
August 24Toronto, ONMolson Amphitheatre*
August 25Syracuse, NYNew York State Fair
August 26Allentown, PAThe Great Allentown Fair
August 29Milwaukee, WISummerfest*
August 31Ft. Leonard Wood, MOFt. Leonard Wood Arena*
September 5Charlotte, NCVerizon Wireless Amphitheatre
September 6Raleigh, NCWalnut Creek Amphitheatre
September 7Charlottesville, VAJohn Paul Jones Amphitheatre
September 9York, PAYork Fairgrounds & Convention Center
September 12Pittsburgh, PAPost Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake
September 13Tinley Park, ILFirst Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

* without Brooks & Dunn

Last Updated on July 8, 2008 by By Bob Grossweiner & Jane Cohen