News Segment


April 19, 2004

NASHVILLE (Billboard) – ZZ Top will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a North American summer tour.

The shows begin June 25 at Kay Yaeger Coliseum in Wichita Falls, Texas, and will include visits to arenas, amphitheaters, fairs, festivals and casinos.

The recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have dates on the books through September, concluding with a Sept. 24-25 stand at the Las Vegas Hilton. Preceding the tour is a previously announced June 6 engagement at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas with Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, B.B. King and Buddy Guy, as part of the Crossroads Guitar Festival to benefit Crossroads Center Antigua, the treatment and education center founded by Clapton in 1997.

ZZ Top, which boasts founding members Frank Beard, Billy F. Gibbons and Dusty Hill, claims to be the longest running “intact” road show in rock history. The summer tour is in support of the band’s latest RCA release, “Mescalero.” A boxed set, “Chrome, Smoke & BBQ,” was released last October.

Here are ZZ Top’s tour dates:

June 6: Dallas (Cotton Bowl / Crossroads Guitar Festival)
June 25: Wichita Falls, Texas (Kay Yeager Coliseum)
June 26: Beaumont, Texas (Ford Arena)
June 28: Hidalgo, Texas (Dodge Arena)
July 1: Mt. Pleasant, Mich. (Soaring Eagle Casino)
July 3: Muskegon, Mich. (Heritage Landing)
July 4: Tinley Park, Ill. (Tweeter Center)
July 5: Lansing, Mich. (Common Ground Festival)
July 8: Kelowna, British Columbia (Rock the Park Festival)
July 10: Craven, Saskatchewan (Rock ‘n the Valley)
July 11: Camrose, Alberta (Stage 13)
July 14: Walker, Minn. (Moon Dance Ranch Jam)
July 16: Sarnia, Ontario (Bayfest 2004)
July 17: St. Clairsville, Ohio (Jamboree in the Hills)
July 23: Minot, N.D. (North Dakota State Fair)
July 24: Cheyenne, Wyo. (Frontier Days)
July 25: Winter Park, Colo. (Winter Park Resort)
July 28: Pala, Calif. (Pala Starlight Theater)
July 30: Kelseyville, Calif. (Konocti Field Amphitheater)
July 31: Paso Robles, Calif. (California Midstate Fair)
Aug. 1: Costa Mesa, Calif. (Orange County Fair)
Aug. 3: Kennewick, Wash. (Tri-Cities Coliseum)
Aug. 5: Deer Island, Ore. (Columbia Meadows)
Aug. 6: Spokane, Wash. (Lilac Bowl)
Aug. 7: Great Falls, Mont. (Montana State Fair)
Aug. 9: Sturgis, S.D. (Buffalo Chip Campground)
Aug. 10: Sioux Falls, S.D. (Sioux Empire Fair)
Aug. 11: Hayward, Wis. (LCO Casino Lodge)
Aug. 13: Sedallia, Mo. (Missouri State Fair)
Aug. 14: Oklahoma City (Zoo Amphitheater)
Aug. 16: Atlanta (Chastain Park)
Aug. 20: Louisville (Freedom Hall)
Aug. 21: Lima, Ohio (Allen County Fair)
Aug. 22: Des Moines, Iowa (Iowa State Fair)
Aug. 24: Pueblo, Colo. (Colorado State Fair)
Aug. 26: Green Bay, Wis. (Onieda Casino)
Aug. 27: Minneapolis (Minnesotate State Fair)
Sept. 1: Syracuse, N.Y. (New York State Fair)
Sept. 2: Allentown, Pa. (Allentown Fair)
Sept. 3: Essex Junction, Vt. (Champlain Valley Exposition)
Sept. 5: North East, Pa. (Lake Erie Speedway)
Sept. 10: Blackfoot, Idaho (Eastern Idaho State Fair)
Sept. 11: Grand Junction, Colo. (Rock Jam 2004)
Sept. 12: Albuquerque, N.M. (Sandia Casino Amphitheater)
Sept. 16: Puyallup, Wash. (Western Washington Fair)
Sept. 17: Bend, Ore. (Schwab Amphitheater)
Sept. 18: Reno, Nev. (Reno Hilton)
Sept. 20: Laughlin, Nev. (Flamingo Hilton)
Sept. 23: Alpine, Calif. (Viejas Casino)
Sept. 24-25: Las Vegas (Hilton)

Ray Waddell courtesy of Billboard