Sunday, August 12, 2018

ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons announces solo North American tour

ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons has announced dates for a fall tour of North America in support of his forthcoming solo album, “The Big Bad Blues.”

The five-week run – which will open October 13 in Riverside, CA – mixes casino, club, theater and amphitheater shows before it wraps up at the famed Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA on November 18.

Gibbons will be joined on the trek by a lineup that includes drummer Matt Sorum (Guns ‘N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver), guitarist Austin Hanks, and DJ and harmonica player Elwood Francis.

Tickets for the fall concerts will go on sale via the usual outlets on Tuesday, August 14.

Due September 21, “The Big Bad Blues” presents a mix of Gibbons’ originals and classic blues covers and marks the Texas blues man’s second solo effort, following the Afro-Cuban-inspired 2015 set, “Perfectamundo.”

“There’s something very primordial within the art form, nobody gets away from the infectious allure of those straight-ahead licks!,” says Gibbons of the blues project. “I suspect Jimmy Reed did me in early on. The inventiveness of that high and lonesome sound remains solid and stridently strong to this day. We could go on to mention the lineup of usual suspects - Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy, all three Kings [B.B., Albert and Freddie]. The lengthy list of champions is forever carved in stone.”

The ZZ Top guitarist is previewing “The Big Bad Blues” with his cover of the Muddy Waters classic, “Rollin’ And Tumblin’”, and the follow-up, “Missin’ Yo’ Kissin’”.

Gibbons and ZZ Top are currently playing headline dates across North America.

Billy Gibbons
“The Big Bad Blues”

2018 North American tour

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 Amphitheater
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

See also:

ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons streams Missin’ Yo’ Kissin’ lyric video
ZZ Top: Billy Gibbons streams Muddy Waters cover from new solo album
John Fogerty and ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons stream new single The Holy Grail
VIDEO: John Fogerty and ZZ Top debut new song Holy Grail on summer US tour
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