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ZZ Top comes to American Bank Center for the Tonnage Tour May 24

02/27/2017 8:13 AM -




ZZ Top comes to American Bank Center for the Tonnage Tour May 24
Iconic Rockers come to American Bank Center Selena Auditorium on May 24, tickets go on sale March 4 @10:00am

(Corpus Christi, TX February 27, 2017) – ZZ Top will heat up the road mid-winter with a run of North American dates they’ve called their 2017 Tonnage tour.

The band has currently announced 10 shows in all, starting with a Feb. 19 gig in Greenville, S.C., and concluding a little less than a month later on March 14, when the tour as it presently stands rolls to a stop in Macon, Ga. The Tonnage dates pick up just a few months after the conclusion of the band’s current tour, which is scheduled to end Nov. 19; ticketing information for all performances can be found at ZZ Top’s website.

“It’s gonna be a good time,” front man and guitarist Billy Gibbons assures fans. “We’ve been at this long enough that we’re starting to get good. Come and see us; it’s gonna be loud and live.”

The band’s most recent release, the descriptively titled Greatest Hits Live, arrived in stores Sept. 9. Check out our exclusive premiere of the record’s rendition of “Tush.”

This sturdy American blues-rock trio from Texas consists of Billy Gibbons (guitar), Dusty Hill (bass), and Frank Beard (drums). They were formed in 1970 in and around Houston from rival bands the Moving Sidewalks (Gibbons) and American Blues (Hill and Beard). Their first two albums reflected the strong blues roots and Texas humor of the band. Their third album (Tres Hombres) gained them national attention with the hit "La Grange," a signature riff tune to this day, based on John Lee Hooker's "Boogie Chillen." Their success continued unabated throughout the '70s, culminating with the year-and-a-half-long Worldwide Texas Tour.

Exhausted from the overwhelming workload, they took a three-year break, then switched labels and returned to form with Deguello and El Loco, both harbingers of what was to come. By their next album, Eliminator, and its worldwide smash follow-up, Afterburner, they had successfully harnessed the potential of synthesizers to their patented grungy blues groove, giving their material a more contemporary edge while retaining their patented Texas style. Now sporting long beards, golf hats, and boiler suits, they met the emerging video age head-on, reducing their "message" to simple iconography. Becoming even more popular in the long run, they moved with the times while simultaneously bucking every trend that crossed their path. As genuine roots musicians, they have few peers; Gibbons is one of America's finest blues guitarists working in the arena rock idiom -- both influenced by the originators of the form and British blues-rock guitarists like Peter Green -- while Hill and Beard provide the ultimate rhythm section support.

One of the few rock & roll groups with its original members still aboard after four decades, ZZ Top play music that is always instantly recognizable, eminently powerful, profoundly soulful, and 100 percent American in derivation. They have continued to support the blues through various means, perhaps most visibly when they were given a piece of wood from Muddy Waters' shack in Clarksdale, Mississippi. The group members had it made into a guitar, dubbed the "Muddywood," then sent it out on tour to raise money for the Delta Blues Museum. ZZ Top's support of and link to the blues remain as rock-solid as the music they play. The concert CD/DVD Live from Texas, recorded in Dallas in 2007 and featuring a still vital band, was released in 2008. The Rick Rubin and Gibbons-produced La Futura, the band's 15th studio album, and the group's first new studio outing since 2003's Mescalero, appeared in 2012. With the trio still a firm fixture on the worldwide touring circuit, ZZ Top released the Live: Greatest Hits from Around the World collection in 2016. ~ Cub Koda, Rov

Pre-Sale starts on March 1-3 at 10:00pm. Tickets go on sale Saturday, March 4, at 10:00am.  Get your tickets at ticketmaster.com, the American Bank Center box office, or by phone at 1-800 -745-3000.  

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