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