ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons announced a headlining North American tour in support of his upcoming album The Big Bad Blues. The 24-date fall trek launches October 13th in Riverside, Iowa and concludes November 18th in West Hollywood, California. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, August 14th.
The Big Bad Blues, the singer-guitarist’s second solo record, marks a return to the formative blues style he explored with ZZ Top. The LP, out September 21st, features six original tracks alongside covers of Muddy Waters, Jerome Green, Bo Diddley and Gilly Stillwater.
Gibbons recently previewed the album with his gritty rendition of Waters’ “Rollin’ and Tumblin’.” In a statement about the project, he praised the blues tradition as a “primordial” force.
“Nobody gets away from the infectious allure of those straight-ahead licks!” he said. “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 are forever carved in stone.”
The Big Bad Blues, which follows 2015’s Perfectamundo, includes the backing band of guitarist Austin Hanks, drummers Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revover) and Greg Morrow, harmonica player James Harman and keyboardist Mike Flanigin.
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Billy Gibbons 2018 Tour Dates
October 13 – Riverside, IA @ Riverside Casino and Golf Resort
October 14 – Prior Lake, MN @ Mystic Lake Casino – Showroom
October 16 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
October 17 – Columbus, OH @ The Bluestone
October 18 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
October 20 – Wabash, IN @ Honeywell Center
October 21 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
October 23 – Kitchener, ON @ Centre in the Square
October 25 – Derry, NH @ Tupelo Music Hall
October 26 – Beverly, MA @ The Cabot Theater
October 28 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
October 30 – New York, NY @ Iridium Jazz Club
October 31 – New York, NY @ Iridium Jazz Club
November 1 – Washington, DC @ Pearl Street Warehouse
November 3 – Pompano Beach, FL @ Pompano Beach Amphitheater
November 5 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
November 6 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues – Orlando
November 7 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
November 9 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
November 10 – Fort Worth, TX @ Billy Bob’s Texas
November 11 – San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater
November 15 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
November 16 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
November 18 – West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour