Legendary pairings seem to be the theme of some of this summer’s biggest tours. KISS and Def Leppard are hitting the road togetherAerosmith and Slash will also tour together this year. Now, ZZ Top and guitar-god Jeff Beck have announced a joint trek, kicking off in August. The five week tour will stop in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Denver, Detroit, Boston and New York City, among other cities.

The plan is for Beck to perform first, followed by ZZ Top; each act will play full sets. Then a finale will see Beck joining the Texan trio for what promises to be a face-melting finale. In a press statement, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons noted that he’s been a fan of Beck’s since his guitar powered the Yardbirds in the ’60s. “Ever since experiencing ‘Jeff’s Boogie,’ the prospect of performance with Jeff Beck on the deck brings us into focus with the curator of crunch.” Beck, like ZZ Top, combined guitar-fueled rock with synthesizers and samplers in the ’80s, said, “Ever since Eliminator I thought it would be great to play with ZZ Top.” 

Related: Not Fade Away: ZZ Top’s ‘Eliminator’ Turns 30

In 2009, Gibbons joined Jeff Beck and his band on stage at the 25th anniversary celebration of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame at New York’s Madison Square Garden, where they performed the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s “Foxey Lady” and ZZ Top’s hit “Rough Boy” together. The following year Jeff Beck joined ZZ Top in Lucca, Italy for an extended rendition of the band’s signature piece “La Grange.” This, however, marks the first time Jeff Beck and ZZ Top will have done any sort of extensive touring together.

Last year, Beck co-headlined a tour with Brian Wilson and some of the other former members of the Beach Boys; that show also featured collaborations between the two acts; he has also done a tour where he performed separately and together with Eric Clapton.  

ZZ Top with Jeff Beck Tour Itinerary:

August 8         Ogren Park                                          Missoula, MT

August 9         Chateau Ste. Michelle                         Woodinville, WA

August 10       Cuthbert Amphitheatre                        Eugene, OR

August 12       The Mountain Winery                          Saratoga, CA

August 13       Greek Amphitheatre                            Los Angeles, CA

August 15       Ironstone Amphitheatre                       Murphys, CA

August 16       The Joint                                              Las Vegas, NV

August 20       Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre              Englewood, CO

August 22       Zoo Amphitheatre                                Oklahoma City, OK

August 23      Starlight Theater                                   Kansas City, MO

August 24       Verizon Wireless Amphitheater          Maryland Heights, MO

August 27       DTE Energy Music Theatre                 Clarkston, MI

August 28       Ravinia                                                Highland Park, IL

August 31       MGM Grand Theater @ Foxwoods     Mashantucket, CT

September 2    Blue Hills Bank Pavilion                        Boston, MA

September 3    Merriweather Post Pavilion                 Columbia, MD

September 4    Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater           Wantagh, NY

September 6    Verizon Wireless Amphitheater          Alpharetta, GA

September 7    St. Augustine Amphitheater                St. Augustine, FL

September 12  Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion         The Woodlands, TX

Brian Ives, Radio.com 



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