ZZ Top Add Tour Dates; Address Hurricane Harvey

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ZZ TopZZ Top have announced additional dates on their Tonnage Tour for summer and fall. Tickets will be available here and here.

On August 28, Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, issued the following statement:

“Houston has played host to ZZ Top as our home base since we first banded together more than four decades ago, making us especially concerned with the plight of so many of our fellow Texans in the wake of the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. We are encouraged by the city’s and state’s recovery efforts from this tragic event and stand alongside our neighbors. Long ago, we recorded a song called ‘Heaven, Hell or Houston.’ We’re confident that, in the near future, the the first word will describe the title’s third word and the the middle will soon be overcome.”

The Tonnage Tour comes at the heels of the release of ZZ Top’s Live! Greatest Hits From Around The World album via Suretone Records. Consisting of 15 tracks recorded live in 13 cities across three continents, the album includes two collaborations with classic rock guitarist Jeff Beck that were recorded in his native London.

One of these is a heavy rock version of “Sixteen Tons,” the Tennessee Ernie Ford #1 hit from 1956. ZZ Top’s take on the song is based on a mysterious YouTube video posted years ago that was falsely attributed to the band and Jeff Beck. What started as “a mega meta sorta thang” according to singer/guitarist Billy F Gibbons, has now flourished into a staple of ZZ Top’s live sets and the inspiration for the forthcoming tour’s title.

Watch the band perform “Sixteen Tons” on Conan, October 5, 2016…

Related: Details on the band’s Live! Greatest Hits album

“It’s gonna be a good time,” says Gibbons. “We’ve been at this long enough that we’re starting to get good. Come and see us; it’s gonna be loud and live.”

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are notable for having the most consistently stable lineup in the history of rock music. Gibbons, bassist/singer Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard continue to tour, drawing material from their 15 studio albums, with combined record sales of over 30 million copies in the U.S. alone. The band rocks on with timeless hits like “La Grange,” “Legs,” “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Tush.”

ZZ Top Tonnage Tour Dates:

Aug 29 – Saratoga, CA – Mountain Winery w/ Doobie Brothers
Aug 31 – Salt Lake City, UT – Red Butte Garden
Sept 1 – Pueblo, CO – Colorado State Fair
Sept 3 – Norfolk, NE – Divots Summer Outdoor Concert Series
Sept 6 – El Paso, TX – Sun Bowl Stadium w/ Guns N’ Roses
Sept 8 – San Antonio, TX – Alamodome w/ Guns N’ Roses
Sept 9 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory
Sep 10 – Sugar Land, TX – Smart Financial Centre
Sep 12 – Champaign, IL – Virginia Theatre
Sep 13 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theatre
Sep 15 – Fargo, ND – Scheels Arena
Sep 16 – Prior Lake, MN – Mystic Lake Casino
Sep 17 – Des Moines, IA – Des Moines Civic Center
Sep 19 – Davenport, IA – Adler Theater
Sep 21 – Indianapolis, IN – Clowes Memorial Hall
Sep 22 – New Buffalo, MI – Four Winds Casino Resort
Sep 23 – Saginaw, MI – Huntington Event Center
Sep 24 – Huber Heights, OH – Music Center at the Heights
Sep 27 – Paducah, KY – Carson Center
Sep 29 – El Dorado, AR – Murphy Arts District
Sep 30 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Oct 01 – Grand Rapids, MI – DeVos Perf. Hall
Oct 03 – Columbus, OH – Palace Theatre
Oct 05 – Wilmington, NC – Wilson Center at Cape Fear CC
Oct 06 – Cherokee, NC – Harrahs Cherokee
Oct 07 – Alpharetta, GA – Carl Black CrocFest
Oct 15 – Baltimore, MD – Hippodrome Theatre
Oct 20 – Fayetteville, NC – Crown Theatre
Oct 21 – Richmond, VA – Altria Theater
Oct 24 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre
Oct 25 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre
Oct 27 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
Oct 28 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino
Oct 29 – Reading, PA – Santander Perf. Arts
Oct 31 – Morristown, NJ – Mayo PAC
Nov 01 – Greensburg, PA – Palace Theatre
Nov 04 – Norfolk, VA – Constant Convocation Center
Nov 05 – Charleston, SC – North Charleston PAC
Nov 07 – Savannah, GA – Johnny Mercer Theater
Nov 08 – Tallahassee, TL – Pavilion at the Centre of Tallahassee
Nov 09 – Melbourne, FL – Kind Center for the Perf. Arts
Nov 12 – New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theatre


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