Trio is expected to hit 12 European countries in June/July 2019
Next year marks the 50th anniversary of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees ZZ Top’s 1969 formation in the Houston, TX area. The blues-rock stalwarts are set to launch an extensive summer tour in Europe in connection with the celebration of that unparalleled milestone.
The tour is slated to get underway in early June in Scandinavian countries and heads to central Europe thereafter, concluding in the UK in late July. While the bulk of the band’s European tour stops will be announced in the near future, those already on the books include Prague, Barcelona and London.
It is projected that the legendary trio, consisting of the same lineup that has been together for all the intervening decades — singer/guitarist Billy F Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard (aka “the man with no beard”) — will perform in concert in a dozen countries over the course of four weeks.
“It’s been 50 years, and I think we’re starting to get pretty good! We’re just as excited to play Barcelona this summer as we were to play Beaumont (TX) back in ’69,” Gibbons says as reflects on the band’s 50 years together. “The beards are, perhaps, a bit longer, but nothing much else has changed and we hope to keep it that way.”
ZZ Top is notable for having the most consistently stable lineup in the history of rock music. Soon after the dissolution of Gibbons’ Houston psych rock band Moving Sidewalks, he formed ZZ Top, with Hill and Beard from the Dallas-based band American Blues. Fifteen studio albums, 30 million record sales and 50 years later, “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas” are still going strong, playing timeless hits like “La Grange,” “Legs,” “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Tush” to audiences the world over.
2019 Tour Dates:
June 19 – Prague, Czech Republic – Prague Rocks
July 05 – Barcelona, Spain – Barcelona Rock Fest
July 12 – London, UK – SSE Arena Wembley
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