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ZZ Top Announce 50th Anniversary UK and European Tour

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Frank Beard (far right) with Dusty Hill and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top.

ZZ Top will take their 50th anniversary celebration to Europe and the UK in 2019. The blues-rock trio has announced three initial dates with the bulk of the dates set to be announced soon.

The tour is slated to get underway in early June in Scandinavian countries and heads to central Europe thereafter, concluding in the UK in late July, according to a press release announcing the tour. While the bulk of the tour stops will be announced in the near future, those already on the books include Prague, Barcelona and London. See dates below.

ZZ Top, consisting of the same lineup that has been together since their formation in Houston 50 years ago – singer/guitarist Billy F Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard  – will perform in a dozen countries over the course of four weeks.

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.

“It’s been 50 years, and I think we’re starting to get pretty good!” said Billy Gibbons in a statement. “We’re just as excited to play Barcelona this summer as we were to play Beaumont (TX) back in ’69.  The beards are, perhaps, a bit longer, but nothing much else has changed and we hope to keep it that way.”

Earlier this year, Billy Gibbons released his solo album Big Bad Blues. He is currently wrapping up a North American tour in support of the release.

Watch Billy Gibbons’ lyric video for “Missin’ Yo Kissin'” here >

ZZ Top UK + European Dates 2019

June 19 – Prague, Czech Republic – Prague Rocks
July   05 – Barcelona, Spain – Barcelona Rock Fest
July   12 – London, UK – SSE Arena Wembley

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