ZZ Top Extends North American Tour

ZZ Top has added nearly two dozen North American dates to its “Tonnage Tour,” promising “a mighty good time” to fans in cities such as Little Rock, Cincinnati and Wichita.

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Stagecoach, Empire Polo Field, Indio, Calif.

The little ol’ band from Texas is showing the love to its home state with nine gigs: Amarillo, Wichita Falls, Midland, San Antonio, Belton, San Angelo, Hidalgo, Corpus Christi, and Frisco.

“The run is Tex-centric, just like ourselves, and the band is looking forward to getting our heads in Mississippi, and points beyond,” Billy Gibbons said. “After four decades, we believe we’re beginning to get the hang of it, so a mighty good time will be enjoyed by all.”

The Tonnage Tour is named after “Sixteen Tons,” Tennessee Ernie Ford’s hit from 1956. As ZZ Top’s website explains, a mysterious YouTube video of the song posted years ago was falsely attributed to the band and Jeff Beck. Although it was a case of mistaken identity, the song has now become a staple of ZZ Top’s live sets and the band also recorded a heavy rock version with Beck for its new live album, Live – Greatest Hits From Around The World, which was released in September.

The outing began on Sunday in Greenville, S.C. Here are the new dates, including a June 10 show with Jimmy Buffett:

May 12 – Amarillo, Texas, Amarillo Civic Center Complex
May 13 – Wichita Falls, Texas, Memorial Auditorium
May 14 – Midland, Texas, Midland County Horseshoe Arena
May 16 – San Antonio, Texas, Majestic Theatre
May 18 – Biloxi, Miss., Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
May 19 – Biloxi, Miss., Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
May 20 – Belton, Texas, Bell County Expo Center
May 22 – San Angelo, Texas, San Angelo Coliseum
May 23 – Hidalgo, Texas, State Farm Arena
May 24 – Corpus Christi, Texas, Selena Auditorium
May 26 – Little Rock, Ark., Robinson Performance Hall
May 27 – Wichita, Kan., Hartman Arena
May 28 – Springfield, Mo., Juanita K. Hammons Hall For The Perf. Arts
May 30 – Fort Wayne, Ind., Foellinger Outdoor Theatre
June 1 – Interlochen, Mich., Kresge Auditorium
June 2 – Windsor, Ontario, Caesars Windsor “The Colosseum”
June 3 – Rama, Ontario, Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
June 6 – Lewiston, N.Y., Artpark Amphitheater
June 7 – Cincinnati, Ohio, PN.C. Pavilion At Riverbend
June 9 – Rogers, Ark., Walmart AMP
June 10 – Frisco, Texas, Toyota Stadium (appearing with Jimmy Buffett)

Presales for select dates begin Feb. 28. Tickets go on sale to the general public March 3.
Visit ZZTop.com for more information.