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John Fogerty & ZZ Top announce ‘Blues & Bayous Tour’

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John Fogerty and ZZ Top are teaming up for a joint spring run, dubbed the “Blues & Bayous Tour.” The initial dates have just been announced with opening night set for May 25th in Atlantic City, New Jersey at Borgata Spa & Resort Event Center, with the shows stretching through June 29th at Welch, Minnesota’s Treasure Island Resort & Casino. More concerts will be announced soon, and for the tour’s June 26th show in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan; Fogerty and ZZ Top will be joined by their mutual old friend Willie Nelson for a special one-off triple bill.

John Fogerty said of the upcoming “Blues and Bayous Tour”: “ZZ Top is one of my favorite bands, and Billy F. Gibbons is one of my all-time favorite guitarists. Riffs, blues and bayous. . . bucket list!” Billy F. Gibbons added: “John Fogerty along with ZZ Top have been followers of blues and rock since the beginning and we’re looking forward to rippin’ it up together this spring. We’ve got a great show lined up for ya’!”

John Fogerty told us that he prides himself in the fact that although nearly 50 years into being a constant voice on rock radio — his creative side hasn’t dwindled with age; “I mean, there were many times in my recording and touring career where I have shown lots of different diversions in my, y’know, musical career — unashamedly. I mean, it’s not like I have to defend it or make it work, or whatever. I’m just kind of trying things. And I like it, ‘hope you like, and if you don’t — well, whatever. That’s an opinion.”

When we last caught up with ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill, we asked him if back in 1969, he or either of his bandmates — Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard — could ever have conceived that they’d still be recording and on the road all these years later:  “I don’t think anybody knew. We hoped to do some records and do some touring. We were asked one time, I think we were together 10 years or, something like that, y’know, how that felt. I remember thinking, ‘Gee, has it been 10 years? That’s a long time!’”

Just Announced: John Fogerty and ZZ Top tour dates (subject to change):

April 18 – El Paso, TX – Abraham Chavez Theatre (ZZ Top only)
April 20, 21, 25, 27, 28 – Las Vegas, NV – The Venetian Theatre (ZZ Top only)
May 2, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12 – Las Vegas, NV – Encore Theater At Wynn Las Vegas (John Fogerty only)
May 25 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Spa & Resort
May 26 – Holmdel, NJ – P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
May 27 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
May 29, 30 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap
June 1 – Pensacola, FL – Pensacola Bay Center
June 2 – Clearwater, FL – Coachman Park
June 3 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheater
June 5 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheater
June 6 – Atlanta, GA – Venue TBA
June 10 – Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheater
June 12 – Chicago, IL – Venue TBA
June 13 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
June 14 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
June 16 – Southaven, MS – BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove
June 17 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
June 19 – Youngstown, OH – Covelli Centre
June 20 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Heath at Jones Beach Theater
June 22 – Gilford, NH – Bank of NH Pavillion
June 23 – Canandaigua, NY – Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
June 24 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
June 26 – Mt. Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort (with Willie Nelson)
June 27 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 29 – Welch, MN – Treasure Island Resort & Casino
July 26 – Sacramento, CA – Papa Murphy’s Park (ZZ Top only)
June 30 – Fort Dodge, IA – “Shellabration” at Harlan Roger’s Sports Complex (ZZ Top only)
October 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20 – Las Vegas, NV – Encore Theater At Wynn Las Vegas (John Fogerty only

Side Notes:

John Fogerty kicked off his reissue series last November with the 20th anniversary release of the Grammy Award-winning album Blue Moon Swamp.

Additional reissues from Fogerty’s solo career include the 1985 chart-topping, multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated Centerfield; gold-certified and Grammy-nominated albums Eye Of The Zombie from 1986, and the 1998 live set Premonition; 2004’s Deja vu (All Over Again), as well as a new ‘Best Of’ collection featuring highlights and favorites from his extensive solo catalog. Release dates still to be announced.”

Out now is ZZ Top’s latest DVD/Blu-ray collection Live At Montreux 2013. The disc features 17 ZZ Top favorites performed at the legendary Swiss Jazz Festival, including such legendary staples as “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Legs,” “La Grange,” and “Tush,” among others.

The track listing for ZZ Top’s Live At Montreux 2013 is: “Got Me Under Pressure,” “Waitin’ For The Bus,” “Jesus Just Left Chicago,” “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Pincushion,” “I Gotsta Get Paid,” “Flyin’ High,” “Kiko,” “I Loved The Woman,” “Foxey Lady,” “My Head’s In Mississippi,” “Chartreuse,” “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Legs,” “Tube Snake Boogie,” “La Grange,” and “Tush.”

Check it out: ZZ Top @ KSHE 50th Birthday Party on September 30, 2017 at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre