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News: ZZ Top Confirm First Tour In Five Years

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For the first time since 2019, ZZ Top is set to play a slate of tour dates in Europe and the UK.  The trio, famously known as “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas,” have concert and festival dates in nine countries starting June 28th at the Dalhall Festival in Rattvik, Sweden.  Over the course of the three weeks that follow, the band will make tour stops in Norway, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, France, UK, and Switzerland.  They’ll be playing a total of five dates in Germany with a stop at London’s OVO Arena Wembley as well as Le Zenith at Parc La Villette in Paris.  Tickets will go on sale on December 15, 2023, at 10 AM. Since the founding of ZZ Top on the last day of 1969, they have gone on to become one of the top concert and recording attractions in the world, highlighted by a string of hit records including their 1973 breakthrough “La Grange” as well as “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Legs” and many more.  Their album catalog including Tres HombresDeguello, Eliminator and others has sold more than 60 million units worldwide and their status as a top tier in-person attraction remains undiminished.  ZZ Top’s concert audiences are typically multi-generational, reflecting their enduring role as blues rock standard bearers for more than half a century.  Their ability to seamlessly blend grungy guitar-based blues with synth-pop solidified their place as rock icons as has their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by none other than Keith Richards.

 In 2021, ZZ TOP faced a significant loss with the passing of Dusty Hill.  At his urging, Elwood Francis stepped up to fill the void, bringing exceptional musicianship and coincidental facial hair, making him a worthy successor to the legendary bassist. Fronted by the legendary Billy F Gibbons and underpinned by rhythmic force of Frank Beard (a/k/a “The Man With No Beard”) with Elwood on bass for the past few years, the group continues to redefine their sonic approach. ZZ TOP’s latest album, RAW, released in July 2022, pays homage to their roots, and serves as a poignant tribute to the late Dusty Hill. The album, recorded at the historic Gruene Hall in Texas, captures the essence of the band’s 2019 Grammy-nominated documentary, ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas. Fans can expect a journey through their career-spanning tunes, marking a significant return to their musical origins. Billy Gibbons commented on the tour announcement, “It’s been a while since we’ve been able to check in with our European fans, so it goes without saying that we’re excited about coming back this summer.  We’re looking forward to a good time and that goes for both those in the audience and on stage.” ZZ Top Summer 2024 Tour dates 28-Jun Friday Rattvik, Sweden Dalhalla Festival29-Jun Saturday Oslo, Norway Tons of Rock Festival01-Jul Monday Arhus, Denmark Tivoli02-Jul Tuesday Halle, Germany Peissnitzinsel03-Jul Wednesday Sperken, Austria Castle Clam05-Jul Friday Bonn, Germany Kunst!rasen06-Jul Saturday Berlin Germany Zitadelle08-Jul Monday Amsterdam, Holland AFAS Live09-Jul Tuesday Paris, France Zenith Paris – La Villette11-Jul Thursday London UK OVO Arena Wembley13-Jul Saturday Wolfsburg, Germany Autostadt Summer Festival14-Jul Sunday Munich, Germany Tollwood Festival16-Jul Tuesday Sion, Switzerland Sion Festival