ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons Sets ‘Big Bad Blues’ LP, Tour

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ZZ Top guitarist Billy F Gibbons announced today (August 10) the Big Bad Blues Tour for this fall, in conjunction with his upcoming LP of the same name. The album, coming Sept. 21 from Concord Records, is his second-ever solo release (and the follow-up to his 2015 Afro-Cuban-flavored solo album Perfectamundo).

The Rock Hall inductee has revealed two dozen North American dates, many of which are in intimate clubs such as New York’s Iridium and West Hollywood’s Troubadour. Ticket sales begin next Tuesday, August 14. (See the complete itinerary below.)

According to a press release, “The Big Bad Blues, as the title suggests, focuses on Gibbons’ lifelong love of the blues and rock ’n’ roll, showcasing the blues-influenced vocals and guitar licks that have together served as the foundation for his numerous hits over the past five decades. The album features 11 tracks balancing some classic covers like ‘Rollin’ and Tumblin’’ and ‘Standing Around Crying,’ along with some of Billy’s signature new blues originals.”

Watch the lyric video for “Missin’ Yo’ Kissin’,” released on August 9

The new album was originally announced on July 20. “We successfully made our way through those uncharted waters with the Cubano flavor of Perfectamundo and completed the journey,” says Gibbons in distinguishing The Big Bad Blues from its predecessor. “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.

“There’s something very primordial within the art form,” he says. “Nobody gets away from the infectious allure of those straight-ahead licks!”

Related: Our review of Gibbons’ Perfectamundo

Watch the lyric video for “Rollin’ and Tumblin'”

Billy F Gibbons – The Big Bad Blues Tour 2018 (Tickets will be available here and here)

Oct-13 Riverside, IA Riverside Casino and Golf Resort
Oct-14 Prior Lake, MN Mystic Lake Casino – Showroom
Oct-16 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Oct-17 Columbus, OH The Bluestone
Oct-18 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
Oct-20 Wabash, IN Honeywell Center
Oct-21 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
Oct-23 Kitchener, ON Centre in the Square
Oct-25 Derry, NH Tupelo Music Hall
Oct-26 Beverly, MA The Cabot Theater
Oct-28 Huntington, NY The Paramount
Oct-30 New York, NY Iridium Jazz Club
Oct-31 New York, NY Iridium Jazz Club
Nov-01 Washington, DC Pearl Street Warehouse
Nov-03 Pompano Beach, FL Pompano Beach Amphitheatre
Nov-05 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
Nov-06 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues – Orlando
Nov-07 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
Nov-09 Houston, TX Revention Music Center
Nov-10 Fort Worth, TX Billy Bob’s Texas
Nov-11 San Antonio, TX Aztec Theater
Nov-15 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
Nov-16 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl
Nov-18 West Hollywood, CA Troubadour

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