Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top has announced a North American trek in support of his second solo record, The Big Bad Blues.
Gibbons will kick off the 24-date trek on October 13 in Riverside, Iowa and make way across the country, stopping in cities like Washington, D.C., Cleveland, Atlanta, and San Antonio. In November, the tour will wrap-up in West Hollywood, California.
The Big Bad Blues, due September 21, is Gibbons’ first work since 2015’s Prefectamundo, and will feature the backing band of guitarist Austin Hanks, drummers Matt Sorum (formerly Guns N’ Roses) and Greg Morrow, harmonica player James Harman, and keyboardist Mike Flanigin. The record will feature six original tracks, along with covers of Muddy Waters, Jerome Green, Bo Diddley, and Gilly Stillwater.
“We successfully made our way through those uncharted waters with the Cubano flavor of Perfectamundo and completed the journey,” Gibbons told ABC News Radio. “The shift back to the blues is a natural. It’s something which our followers can enjoy with the satisfaction of experiencing the roots tradition and, at the same time, feeling the richness of stretching the art form.”
Just last week, Gibbons released a lyric video to his new track, “Missin’ Yo Kissin’, which was written by his wife, Gilligan Stillwater.
“That was a gift,” Gibbons told Billboard about the song. “We had gotten maybe five [songs] recorded, and my lovely sweetheart Gilligan was scribbling away on the couch. I was, ‘Omigod, she’s reading the Chanel catalog. Hide the credit card!’ Then she took a break and the engineers kinda glanced over the scribbling and said, ‘Hey man, this looks pretty good. This could be nice and bluesy if we put something to it,’ which we did. Of course, I was like, ‘Why does that say ‘Missin’ Yo’ Kissin’?’ I hope she’s writing it about me!’”
Check out Gibbons’ full list of solo tour dates below.
Billy Gibbons ‘Big Bad Blues’ Solo Tour 2018
October 13 – Riverside, IA @ Riverside Casino and Golf Resort
October 14 – Prior Lake, MN @ Mystic Lake Casino – Showroom
October 16 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
October 17 – Columbus, OH @ The Bluestone
October 18 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
October 20 – Wabash, IN @ Honeywell Center
October 21 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
October 23 – Kitchener, ON @ Centre in the Square
October 25 – Derry, NH @ Tupelo Music Hall
October 26 – Beverly, MA @ The Cabot Theater
October 28 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
October 30 – New York, NY @ Iridium Jazz Club
October 31 – New York, NY @ Iridium Jazz Club
November 1 – Washington, DC @ Pearl Street Warehouse
November 3 – Pompano Beach, FL @ Pompano Beach Amphitheater
November 5 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
November 6 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues – Orlando
November 7 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
November 9 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
November 10 – Fort Worth, TX @ Billy Bob’s Texas
November 11 – San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater
November 15 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
November 16 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
November 18 – West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour