Tour News: ZZ Top sets fall 2008 dates

After touring and recording for the past 39 years, ZZ Top decided to embark on a tour that will bring them even closer, literally, to their legions of fans. 

Kicking off in Wichita, Kan., on Sept. 26, the ZZ Top In Your Face Tour will bring the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers to the kind of intimate venues they played much earlier in their tenure as rock’s longest running band with original personnel intact. For six weeks this fall, the trio forswears stadiums, areas and festivals for small theaters, where they expect to connect very directly with their audience.

“Earlier this year, because of a routing quirk, we accepted a ‘fill-in’ date at a little old theater in Knoxville," guitarist Billy Gibbons said. "That experience reminded us of our roots, both in terms of a stripped-down, gut-bucket musical approach and the direct connection with the people who came to see us. So we said, ‘why not do this on a more extended basis and have some real fun?’” 

Though ZZ Top is just back from Europe, where the band played to monumental crowds at festivals in eight countries, members were game to revisit the experience.

“We figured it would be a kick to, so to speak, get in people’s faces and the idea for this tour was born,” bassist Dusty Hill said.

Drummer Frank Beard added, “To actually be able to see whole audience and interact with them like this is a throwback to our early days and who wouldn’t want to go back in time?”

The ZZ Top In Your Face Tour runs for six weeks this fall. The itinerary includes:

Sept. 26 — Wichita, Kan. – Century II

Sept. 27 — Fort Smith, Ark. – Convention Hall

Sept. 28 — Tulsa, Okla. – SpritBank Event Center

Sept. 30 — St. Louis – Fox Theatre

Oct. 1 — Kansas City, Mo. – Midland

Oct. 3 — Nashville, Tenn. – Ryman Auditorium

Oct. 4 — Huntington, W.V. – Keith-Albee Theatre

Oct. 5 — Cleveland – Allen Theatre

Oct. 10 — Columbus, Ohio – Palace Theatre

Oct. 11 — Indianapolis – Murat Centre

Oct. 12 — Milwaukee – Riverside

Oct. 17 — Minneapolis – Orpheum

Oct. 18 — Grand Forks, N.D. – Chester Fritz

Oct. 19 — Sioux Falls, S.D. – Great Hall

Oct. 22 — Portland, Ore. – Arlene Schnitzer Hall

Oct. 23 — Pullman, Wash. – Beasley Performing Arts Center

Oct. 30 — Colorado Springs, Colo. – Pikes Peak Center

Oct. 31 — Denver-  Paramount Theatre

Nov. 1 — Amarillo, Texas – Civic Center Auditorium

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