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ZZ Top Announce May and June Dates for Gang of Outlaws Tour

ZZ Top -- who are planning a new album for 2012 release -- have announced the first dates of their Gang of Outlaws tour, which will feature support from 3 Doors Down and Gretchen Wilson.

The tour kicks off May 25 in Manchester, New Hampshire.

“We’re really looking forward to working with the guys from 3 Doors Down and Gretchen too,” Billy Gibbons said in a press release. “If we may borrow from the late, great Robert Johnson, clear those stones from the passway on this phenomenal tour. The Gang of Outlaws is ready to ride!”

As for the still-untitled new album, Billy Gibbons recently told Mojo that it "sounds and feels like Tres Hombres, with a few elements of the Eliminator period thrown in. A pretty wide range, from basic blues to slightly more fancy stuff."

The sessions for ZZ Top's new album were executive-produced by Rick Rubin.

ZZ Top: Gang of Outlaws Tour

  • May 25 — Manchester, N.H.
  • May 26 — Atlantic City, N.J.
  • May 27 — Mashantucket, Ct.
  • May 30 — Scranton, Pa.
  • June 1 — Winston Salem, N.C.
  • June 2 — Fayetteville, N.C.
  • June 3 — Fredericksburg, Va.
  • June 5 — Richmond, Va.
  • June 6 — Simpsonville, S.C.
  • June 8 — St. Augustine, Fla.
  • June 9 — Atmore, Ala.
  • June 10 — Alpharetta, Ga.
  • June 12 — Hollywood, Fla.
  • June 15 — Estero, Fla.
  • June 16 — Orlando, Fla.
  • June 17 — Clearwater, Fla.
  • June 19 — Southaven, Miss.
  • June 20 — Nashville, Tenn.
  • June 22 — Baton Rouge, La.
  • June 23 — Houston, Texas
  • June 24 — Dallas, Texas
  • June 25 — Des Moines, Iowa
  • June 27 — Clarkston, Mich.
  • June 29 — Hinckley, Minn.

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Damian Fanelli
Damian Fanelli

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.