With fifty years having been elapsed since the release of ZZ Top’s sophomore studio album Rio Grande Mud (released 4/4/72), the inexorable rise to stardom by ‘that little ol’ band
“Can ZZ Top play some blues for you?” Billy Gibbons is standing tall, center stage, a sly sideways grin creasing his bearded face. Headlining the Gang Of Outlaws tour with 3 Doors Down and Gretchen Wilson, ZZ Top has been feeling a little frisky with some old songs that sound as fresh in 2012 as they did in the raising hell 70’s and choreographed 80’s. With no egos attached, the band from Texas have long played boogie, gravel-throated, guitar driven rock and this stop along the month-long jaunt through the states was no different.
Texas icons ZZ Top released a Live From Texas record in 2008, but as is the case with most artists releasing live albums later in their careers, the set is rife with warhorses that occasional has them on autopilot. Back in 1980 though, the band still had a hell of a lot to prove with “Legs” and “Sharp Dressed Man” still gleams in the eyes of the bearded Billy Gibbons and crew.
While Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers have been no strangers to the road over the last decade, the classic rock act hasn’t released anything in the way of new material since 2002’s The Last DJ. That will all change when Petty & Co. drop their 12th studio album entitled Mojo via Reprise Records later this Spring, and have wasted no time in announcing a massive summer arena and shed tour in support that kicks off in Raliegh, NC on May 6.
Joining Petty on various stops will be an impressive and diverse group of opening acts that includes My Morning Jacket, Drive-By Truckers, Crosby Stills & Nash and Joe Cocker – a slot that helped put 70 Volt Parade on the map back in 2006.
Tickets will go on-sale beginning March 8 via Live Nation, with those purchased online to include not only an MP3 download of the entire new album upon its release (with First Flash Of Freedom and Good Enough available at the time of purchase), but a selection of handpicked live tracks from the tour – pretty sweet deal!
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