ZZ Top to Mark 50 Years With Big 2019 Tour

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2019 marks the 50th anniversary of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees ZZ Top’s 1969 formation in the Houston area of Texas. On Jan. 28, the band announced three Texas Bash concerts in May in three “Texas towns” – Dallas, Houston and Austin – with fellow classic rock legends Bad Company and Cheap Trick.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. local time. (See their 2019 celebratory schedule below.)

The blues-rock band will launch an extensive European summer tour to celebrate the occasion. Fans can expect a full U.S. schedule.

The legendary classic rock trio, consisting of the same lineup that has been together for all the intervening decades — singer/guitarist Billy F Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard (aka “the man with no beard”) — will perform in a dozen countries over roughly four weeks.

The European tour gets underway in early June in Scandinavian countries and then head to central Europe, concluding in the U.K. in late July. More European tour dates will be announced.

Gibbons looked back at the history of the band while looking forward to the European tour. “It’s been 50 years, and I think we’re starting to get pretty good! We’re just as excited to play Barcelona this summer as we were to play Beaumont (Tex.) back in ’69. The beards are, perhaps, a bit longer, but nothing much else has changed and we hope to keep it that way.”

ZZ Top 50th Anniversary Tour Dates (Tickets are available here and here)

Jan 30, Feb 1-2 – Las Vegas, NV – Venetian Theatre

May 17 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion*
May 18 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*
May 19 – Austin, TX – Austin360*

Jun 04 – Helsinki, Finland – Hartwall Arena
Jun 06 – Uppsala, Sweden – Botanical Garden
Jun 07 – Solvesborg, Sweden – Sweden Rock Festival
Jun 08 – Hamar, Norway – Tjuvholmen Arena
Jun 11 – Berlin, Germany – Zitadelle Spandau
Jun 13 – Bad Hersfeld, Germany – Sparkassen Arena
Jun 14 – Grolloo, Netherlands – Holland International Blues Festival
Jun 15 – Halle, Germany – Freilichtbuhne
Jun 17 – Praha, Czech Republic – Eden Arena
Jun 19 – Prague, Czech Republic – Prague Rocks
Jun 21 – Boulogne-Billancourt, France – La Seine Musicale
Jun 22 – Clisson, France – Hellfest
Jun 23 – Perouges, France – Le Printemps de Perouges
Jun 25 – Brussels, Belgium – Forest National
Jun 26 – Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany – Festplatz
Jun 28 – Nurnberg, Germany – Frankenhalle
Jun 29 – Liz, Austria – Castle Clam
Jul 01 – Munich, Germany – Olympiahalle
Jul 04 – Nimes, France – Arenes de Nimes
Jul 05 – Barcelona, Spain – Barcelona Rock Fest
Jul 06 – Argles Sur Mer, France – Festival Les Deferlantes
Jul 08 – Maxeville, France – Zenith de Nancy
Jul 09 – Cologne, Germany – Open Air am Tanzbrunnen Koln
Jul 10 – Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg – Rockhal
Jul 12 – London, UK – SSE Arena Wembley
Jul 17 – Hamburg, Germany – Barclaycard Arena

Oct 16 – Reading, PA – Santander PAC

* With Bad Company and Cheap Trick

Much more to come…

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Watch the Top perform a couple of favorites in 2018

ZZ Top is notable for having the most consistently stable lineup in the history of rock music. Soon after the dissolution of Gibbons’ Houston psych rock band Moving Sidewalks, he formed ZZ Top, with Hill and Beard from the Dallas-based band American Blues.

Fifteen studio albums, 30 million record sales and 50 years later, “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas” are still going strong, playing timeless hits like “La Grange,” “Legs,” “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Tush” to audiences the world over.

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