Courtesy: Concord Records
Billy Gibbons is headed out on the road this fall.
The ZZ Top front man will launch a five-week North American tour this October in support of his new forthcoming solo album The Big Bad Blues, which will be released Sept. 21 via Concord Records. The tour is currently scheduled to launch October 13, roughly three weeks after his sophomore solo record is set to drop. It includes performances in Cleveland, Ohio; Washington, D.C.; Fort Worth, Texas and a number of other cities before winding down November 18 at the famed Troubadour in West Hollywood, California.
The tour’s current schedule is noted below.
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
In anticipation of The Big Bad Blues‘ release, Gibbons debuted the lyric video for the album’s latest single — his cover of Gilly Stillwater’s hit song ‘Missin’ Yo Kissin’ — on August 9. It follows the debut of the lyric video for his cover of Muddy Waters’ ‘Rollin’ and Tumblin’ on July 20. Also included in the record are covers of Bo Didlley’s ‘Crackin’ Up’ and Jerome Green’s ‘Bring It To Jerome.’
Also included in the 11-song record are six original songs. The album’s track listing is noted below.
Track list (all songs by Billy F Gibbons except where noted):
1) Missin’ Yo’ Kissin’ (Gilly Stillwater)
2) My Baby She Rocks
3) Second Line
4) Standing Around Crying (Muddy Waters)
5) Let The Left Hand Know…
6) Bring It To Jerome (Jerome Green)
7) That’s What She Said
8) Mo’ Slower Blues
9) Hollywood 151
10) Rollin’ and Tumblin’ (Muddy Waters)
11) Crackin’ Up (Bo Diddley)
The Big Bad Blues‘ release will come almost three years after the release of Gibbons’ solo debut Perfectamundo, which was released November 6, 2015. It is a tribute to Gibbons’ love of the blues and rock & roll. Gibbons said in a recent interview that his new album stands separate from Perfectamundo and offers plenty for audiences to appreciate.
“We successfully made our way through those uncharted waters with the Cubano falvor of Perfectamundo and completed the journey,” Gibbons said. “The shift back to the blues is natural. It’s something which our followers can enjoy with the satisfaction of experiencing the roots tradition, and, at the same time, feeling the richness of stretching the art form.”
He expanded on the blues as an art form, saying it’s something special.
“There’s something very primordial within the art form,” Gibbons said. “Nobody gets away from the infectious allure of those straight ahead licks.”
Joining Gibbons on his latest album are Mike Flanigan (keyboards), Joe Hardy (bass), Matt Sorum (ex-Guns N’ Roses) and Greg Morrow (drums), Austin Hank (guitar) and James Harman (harmonica). Pre-orders for The Big Bad Blues are open now. Signed and exclusive bundles are available here.
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