Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top Join Forces To Co-Headline ‘The Sharp Dressed Simple Man Tour’ In 2023
Classic rock legends and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame bands ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd will co-headline sheds next summer on “The Sharp Dressed Simple Man Tour,” launching Friday July 21, 2023 at iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Florida, and running through Sept. 17 at Freedom Mortgage Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey.
Tickets go on sale starting Friday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. local time on LiveNation.com.
Lynyrd Skynyrd, which said goodbye to its “Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour” with the announcement of the “Big Wheels Keep On Turnin’ Tour” last year is clearly not ready to put away the road cases just yet. The band, featuring founding member Gary Rossington and vocalist Johnny Van Zant, is approaching the 50th anniversary of the band’s critically acclaimed debut album Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd in 2023.
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“It’s about the legacy of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and what it stands for, what the fans are all about,” Van Zant says about the band’s touring tenacity. “There’s nothing like getting out there playing a great show with Skynyrd and seeing people love this music.” Adds Rossington, “We’re still standing, Still keeping the music going. We wanted to do the guys who aren’t with us any more proud, and keep the name proud, too.”
Lynyrd Skynyrd over the last three years has averaged 5,388 tickets sold and a gross of $329,798 per show as reported to Pollstar, and has continued festival plays and selective touring.
As for ZZ Top, “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas” has been at it for well over a half century delivering rock, blues and boogie on stage and studio to millions of devoted fans. ZZ Top coalesced in 1969 and its 1973 release, Tres Hombres,catapulted them to national attention with the hit “La Grange,” still one of the band’s signature pieces today. Despite losing founding member Dusty Hill last year, the band soldiers on with bassist Elwood Francis.
ZZ Top emerged as sort of a merger between two rivals: Billy Gibbons’ Moving Sidewalks and Frank Beard and Dusty Hill’s American Blues. Moving Sidewalks opened some shows for the Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1968, and Gibbons — who also tours as a solo artist — recently spoke to Pollstar about the experience.
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LYNYRD SKYNYRD & ZZ TOP: THE SHARP DRESSED SIMPLE MAN TOUR DATES:
Fri Jul 21 – West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
Sun Jul 23 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Fri Jul 28 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
Sat Jul 29 – Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena
Sun Jul 30 – Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
Mon Aug 7 – Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre*
Thu Aug 10 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Fri Aug 11 – Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre
Sun Aug 13 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
Thu Aug 17 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis, MO
Sat Aug 19 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
Sun Aug 20 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center
Fri Aug 25 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
Sat Aug 26 – Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre
Sun Aug 27 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
Fri Sep 01 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Sat Sep 02 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
Sun Sep 03 – Burgettstown, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake
Fri Sep 08 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Sat Sep 09 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium
Sun Sep 10 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Fri Sep 15 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Sun Sep 17 – Camden, NJ – Freedom Mortgage Pavilion
*Not A Live Nation Date