ZZ Top rolls out 10-album boxed set, new tour dates

ZZ Top will hit the road this spring and summer, but if you can’t make it a to show, you can take solace in a boxed set featuring the band’s first 10 studio LPs.

“ZZ Top: The Complete Studio Albums (1970-1990)” will arrive in a CD boxed set June 10, 2013. The retail price is $59.99. The set includes the albums initially released on the London label, as well as the Warner Bros. hit records that followed: “ZZ Top’s First Album” (1971); “Rio Grande Mud” (1972); “Tres Hombres” (1973); “Fandango!” (1975); “Tejas” (1976); “Dequello” (1979); “El Loco” (1981); “Eliminator” (1983); “Afterburner” (1985) and “Recycler” (1990). At inception, “Fandango!” was a seamless amalgamation of both studio and live recordings; the original track lineup is intact for this 100-track set. The original mixes for “ZZ Top’s First Album,” “Rio Grande Mud” and “Tejas” will be available for the first time on CD.

ZZ Top The Studio Albums 1970-1990

A new 10-CD box set features the original mixes for ZZ Top’s first 10 studio albums. Photo courtesy Rhino Records

Back in 1969, Billy F. Gibbons, Frank Beard and Dusty Hill joined together in Houston as ZZ Top and soon made rock history with a string of hugely successful record releases and tours. Often referred to in the early days as “The Little Ol’ Band From Texas,” ZZ Top went on to critical and commercial acclaim. The trio has been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, and it is one of the few bands to receive and RIAA Diamond award for domestic sales exceeding 10 million.

The band is launching its 2013 World Tour at Newkirk, Okla., on May 2, 2013. Tour dates, venues and cities are:

May 2: First Council Casino Hotel — Newkirk, Okla.
May 3: Lucky Star Casino — Concho, Okla.
May 4: Beale Street Music Festival — Memphis, Tenn.
May 5  EKU Center for The Arts — Richmond, Ky.
May 8  Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre — Wallingford, Conn.
May 9  Mayo Performing Arts Center — Morristown, N.J.
May 10 Southside Electric Cooperative’s Hooper Park — Crewe, Va.
May 11 Revel Ovation Hall — Atlantic City, N.J.
May 13 American Music Theatre — Lancaster, Pa,
May 14 Bergen Performing Arts Center — Englewood, N.J.
May 15: Theater at Westbury — Westbury, N.Y.
May 17: Hampton Beach Casino — Hampton, N.H.
May 18: Lynn Auditorium — Lynn, Mass.
May 19: Pier Six Pavilion — Baltimore
May 21: Tennessee Theatre —  Knoxville, Tenn.
May 25: IP Casino Resort & Spa — Biloxi, Miss.
June 2: Warsaw Student Festival — Warsaw, Poland
June 18: Le Zenith — Paris
June 19: Le Zenith — Rouen, France
June 20: Le Zenith — Dijon, France
June 22: Hellfest — Clisson, France
June 24: Hammersmith Apollo — London
June 25: Manchester Apollo — Manchester, United Kingdom
June 27: Marquee — Cork, Ireland
June 30: Stadtpark — Hamburg, Germany
July 1: Zitadelle — Berlin
July 2: Tollwood Festival — Munich
July 4: Moon and Stars Festival — Locarno, Switzerland
July 6: Lovely Days Festival — Weisen, Austria
July 7: Castle Clam — Linz, Austria

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