Billy F Gibbons Heads Out On The Big Bad Blues Tour This Fall

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Second Solo Album By ZZ Top Frontman Available From Concord September 21

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Billy F Gibbons, guitarist/vocalist for Texas trio ZZ Top, has just announced an October/November North American tour in support of his sophomore solo album effort The Big Bad Blues. Billy and his band, consisting of drummer Matt Sorum (Guns ‘N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver), left handed guitarist Austin Hanks, and Elwood Francis, DJ and harmonica player, will be hitting the road from NYC to California on the two dozen date tour that includes a multi-night stand at New York’s Iridium and culminates at the fabled Troubadour in West Hollywood. Ticket sales begin this Tuesday, August 14.

Gibbons commented on the new album’s blues focus, “There’s something very primordial within the art form, nobody gets away from the infectious allure of those straight-ahead licks! I suspect Jimmy Reed did me in early on. The inventiveness of that high and lonesome sound remains solid and stridently strong to this day. We could go on to mention the lineup of usual suspects, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy, all three Kings [B.B., Albert and Freddie]. The lengthy list of champions is forever carved in stone.”

A lyric video for “Missin’ Yo’ Kissin’,” the very first track of The Big Bad Blues, has just been released. Its hot rod theme is a reflection of one of BFG’s burning passions and includes his fenderless ’34 Ford “Whiskey Runner” built by rodding legend Jimmy Shine.

The follow-up to the Afro-Cuban-flavored Perfectamundo, The Big Bad Blues is a more straight-forward blues-rock affair, and will hit the streets on September 21 from Concord Records. In addition to the songs penned by Billy, four others were written by blues giants Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley and Jerome Green, Bo’s legendary “Maraca Man”. The song list also has the girls touch as Gilly Stillwater composed Missin’ Yo’ Kissin’… Billy remarked “She was writing that about me, wasn’t she?!?

Billy F Gibbons – The Big Bad Blues Tour 2018

Oct-13 Riverside, IA Riverside Casino and Golf Resort
Oct-14 Prior Lake, MN Mystic Lake Casino – Showroom
Oct-16 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Oct-17 Columbus, OH The Bluestone
Oct-18 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
Oct-20 Wabash, IN Honeywell Center
Oct-21 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
Oct-23 Kitchener, ON Centre in the Square
Oct-25 Derry, NH Tupelo Music Hall
Oct-26 Beverly, MA The Cabot Theater
Oct-28 Huntington, NY The Paramount
Oct-30 New York, NY Iridium Jazz Club
Oct-31 New York, NY Iridium Jazz Club
Nov-01 Washington, DC Pearl Street Warehouse
Nov-03 Pompano Beach, FL Pompano Beach Amphitheatre
Nov-05 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
Nov-06 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues – Orlando
Nov-07 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
Nov-09 Houston, TX Revention Music Center
Nov-10 Fort Worth, TX Billy Bob’s Texas
Nov-11 San Antonio, TX Aztec Theater
Nov-15 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
Nov-16 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl
Nov-18 West Hollywood, CA Troubadour

6 thoughts on “Billy F Gibbons Heads Out On The Big Bad Blues Tour This Fall”

  1. I just won 2 for Nov 9 in Houston, thanks to Sportsradio610 !! I’m 63, introduced my 30yr old Son to blues and rock and roll!! He’s a GOOD bass player!! When not being a CPA….THIS FOR HIS BIRTHDAY TURNED 30 ON 9/21!! I’VE had SOME problems but this is so cool to do this for him!! Thanks 610

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