ZZ Top are celebrating 50 years in music with a massive anniversary tour. The rock veterans will travel cross-country later this year alongside Cheap Trick and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
ZZ Top will launch the trek August 16 in Ridgefield, Washington. They’ll hit an additional 33 cities before wrapping October 20 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The lengthy itinerary includes stops in Chicago, Phoenix, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Kansas City. Pals Cheap Trick will serve as opening act for a majority of dates, while Lynyrd Skynyrd (who have extended their farewell tour through the fall) are slated to appear at August 23-24 gigs in California.
When it comes to their milestone anniversary, members Billy Gibbons, Frank Beard and Dusty Hill promise to stay rooted in their original sound founded half a century ago.
“It’s been five decades, and I think we’re starting to get pretty good at this,” Gibbons said in a statement. “We’re truly excited to be appearing across the continent this summer and fall, playing our bluesy kind of rock like we started in ’69. The beards, Frank’s excepted, are perhaps a bit longer, yet nothing else has changed. We’re keeping it that way.”
Prior to the tour’s launch, ZZ Top will also perform a trio of shows to commemorate their career longevity in their home state of Texas. Their “50th Anniversary Texas Bash” will bring the iconic band to Austin, Dallas, and Houston amphitheaters next month, with Cheap Trick and Bad Company also taking part.
Since their founding in 1969, ZZ Top has released 15 albums, their most recent being 2012’s La Futura. In 2004, the famed group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
See the full list of ZZ Top tour dates below and browse tickets for all shows here.
ZZ Top – 50th Anniversary Tour Dates
Aug. 16 – Ridgefield, WA – Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre
Aug. 17 – Airway Heights, WA – Northern Quest Casino Theater
Aug. 20 – Yakima, WA – Yakima Valley SunDome
Aug. 21 – Woodinville, WA – Chateau Ste. Michelle
Aug. 23 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
Aug. 24 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
Aug. 25 – Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheatre
Aug. 27 – Santa Barbara, CA – Arlington Theater
Aug. 28 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
Aug. 29 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
Sept. 1 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
Sept. 4 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Pavilion
Sept. 6 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sept. 7 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sept. 8 – Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheater
Sept. 10 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center
Sept. 11 – Burgettstown, PA – KeyBank Pavilion
Sept. 13 – Ocean City, MD – Ocean City Bikefest*
Sept. 14 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Sept. 18 – Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
Sept. 19 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theatre
Sept. 21 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion
Sept. 22 – Louisville, KY – Champions Park
Oct. 5 – Raleigh, NC – Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
Oct. 6 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Oct. 9 – Charleston, SC – Volvo Cars Stadium
Oct. 11 – Cherokee, NC – Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center
Oct. 12 – Manchester, TN – Exit 111 Festival*
Oct. 13 – Alpharetta, GA – James Brown Arena
Oct. 16 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Oct. 18 – Estero, FL – Hertz Arena
Oct. 19 – Tampa, FL – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
Oct. 20 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre
*denotes festival appearance