ZZ Top — Billy F. Gibbons, Frank Beard and Dusty Hill – just cannot stay off the road. Following a 16-date co-headlining tour with Brooks & Dunn that finishes up September 13, the Texas trio heads right back out with their six-week In Your Face Tour.
Kicking off on September 26 in Wichita, KS, the tour will bring the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers to the kind of intimate venues they played much earlier in their tenure as rock’s longest-running band with original personnel intact. The tour winds down on November 1 in Amarillo, TX.
The newest leg of ZZ Top’s tour includes many smaller venues, as well as the usual major city stops. “Earlier this year, because of a routing quirk, we accepted a ‘fill-in’ date at a little old theater in Knoxville,” Gibbons explains in a statement. “That experience reminded us of our roots, both in terms of a stripped-down, gut-bucket musical approach and the direct connection with the people who came to see us. So we said, ‘Why not do this on a more extended basis and have some real fun?'”
Earlier this year at the Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie, the band was shot for the Eagle Vision DVD release “ZZ Top: Live From Texas” that debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s music DVD chart. The video has since returned to the chart’s top slot, where it has stayed for two consecutive weeks.
On September 9, the band will celebrate the anniversary of their breakthrough album, “Eliminator,” with the release of a special Collectors Edition of the RIAA-certified Diamond album (over 10 million units).
ZZ Top itinerary:
(Dates subject to change.)
|September 26||Wichita, KS||Century II|
|September 27||Ft. Smith, AR||Convention Hall|
|September 28||Tulsa, OK||SpritBank Event Center|
|September 30||St. Louis||Fox Theatre|
|October 1||Kansas City, MO||Midland|
|October 3||Nashville, TN||Ryman Auditorium|
|October 4||Huntington, WV||Keith-Albee Theatre|
|October 5||Cleveland, OH||Allen Theatre|
|October 10||Columbus, OH||Palace Theatre|
|October 11||Indianapolis, IN||Murat Centre|
|October 12||Milwaukee, WI||Riverside|
|October 17||Minneapolis, MN||Orpheum|
|October 18||Grand Forks, ND||Chester Fritz|
|October 19||Sioux Falls, SD||Great Hall|
|October 22||Portland, OR||Arlene Schnitzer Hall|
|October 23||Pullman, WA||Beasley Performing Arts Center|
|October 30||Colorado Springs, CO||Pikes Peak Center|
|October 31||Denver, CO||Paramount Theatre|
|November 1||Amarillo, TX||Civic Center Auditorium|
Last Updated on August 11, 2008 by By Jane Cohen & Bob Grossweiner