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ZZ Top Announce New Tonnage Tour Dates

ZZ Top
ZZ Top

ZZ Top have just announced the dates for the new 2017 Tonnage Tour which will take them across North America, kicking off August 24th in Vancouver, BC. Tickets for all shows are on sale now.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers begin their trek in the Pacific Northwest followed with a swoop through the Rockies, their native Texas (including two dates with Guns N’ Roses), the Midwest, the South and East Coast.

The Tonnage Tour follows the release of ZZ Top’s Live! Greatest Hits From Around The World album. Live! Greatest Hits features 15 tracks recorded live across three continents as well as collaborations with guitar legend Jeff Beck and blues harmonica great, James Harman. One of tracks is a heavy rock version of Tennessee Ernie Ford’s #1 hit from 1956, “Sixteen Tons.” ZZ Top’s take on the song is based on a mysterious YouTube creation attributed to Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top and Jeff Beck. What started as “a mega meta sorta thang” according to singer/guitarist Billy Gibbons, flourished into a staple of ZZ Top’s live set and an inspiration for “The Tonnage Tour.”

Watch ZZ Top and Jeff Beck’s music video, inspired by internet hoax >

“We’re looking forward to playing for so many good folks in some of our favorite locales, and serving as cultural ambassadors to our pals in Guns N’ Roses when they visit the great state of Tejas,” Billy Gibbons commented. “After four decades, we believe we’re beginning to get the hang of this whole rock and roll thing, so a mighty good time will be enjoyed by all.”

ZZ Top is notable for having one of the most consistently stable lineups in the history of rock music. Gibbons, bassist/singer Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard continue to impress audiences, drawing material from their 15 studio albums, with combined record sales of over 30 million records across the globe. The band rocks on with timeless hits like “La Grange,” “Legs,” “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Tush” keeping generations of audiences coming back for more.

ZZ Top Tonnage Tour Dates

Aug-24 – Vancouver, BC – PNE Amphitheater
Aug-25 – Woodinville, WA – Cheateau Ste. Michelle w/ Doobie Brothers
Aug-26 – Goldendale, WA – Maryhill Winery w/ Doobie Brothers
Aug-27 – Eugene, OR – Cuthbert Amphitheater w/ Doobie Brothers
Aug-29 – Saratoga, CA – Mountain Winery w/ Doobie Brothers
Aug-31 – Salt Lake City, UT – Red Butte Garden
Sep-1 – Pueblo, CO – Colorado State Fair and Event Center
Sep-3 – Norfolk, NE – Divots Summer Outdoor Concert Series
Sep-6 – El Paso, TX – Sun Bowl Stadium w/ Guns N’ Roses
Sep-8 – San Antonio, TX – Alamodome w/ Guns N’ Roses
Sep-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 (MAD)
Sep-30 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – KSHE 95 50th Birthday
Oct-1 – Grand Rapids, MI – DeVos Performance Hall
Oct-3 – Columbus, OH – Palace Theatre
Oct-5 – Wilmington, NC – The Wilson Center at Cape Fear CC
Oct-6 – Cherokee, NC – Harrahs Cherokee
Oct-7 – Alpharetta, GA – Carl Black CrocFest 2017
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 Performing Arts
Oct-31 – Morristown, NJ – Mayo Performing Arts Center
Nov-1 – Greensburg, PA – Palace Theatre
Nov-4 – Norfolk, VA – Constant Convocation Center
Nov-5 – Charleston, SC – North Charleston Performing Arts Center
Nov-7 – Savannah, GA – Johnny Mercer Theater
Nov-8 – Tallahassee, FL – The Pavilion at the Centre of Tallahassee
Nov-9 – Melbrourne, FL – King Center for the Performing Arts
Nov-12 – New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theatre

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