That Little Ol’ Band From Texas will be back in Europe in the summer of 2024. ZZ Top, who has not played in the UK since 2019, have just a single date here, at London’s OVO Arena Wembley on 11 July 2024.
“It’s been a while since we’ve been able to check in with our European fans,” Billy Gibbons said, “so it goes without saying that we’re excited about coming back this summer. We’re looking forward to a good time, and that goes for both those in the audience and on stage.”
For over 50 years, the band consisted of the same three members: Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill, and drummer Frank Beard. It wasn’t until fellow-bearded guitarist Hill’s passing in 2021 that the band’s long-standing lineup was shaken up.
At Hill’s urging, Elwood Francis stepped up to fill the void, bringing exceptional musicianship and coincidental facial hair, making him a worthy successor to the legendary bassist.
MetalTalk covered the first full tour with Elwood, and we were hardly able to tell the difference in sound. The band delivered a strong, rugged set that embodied the sounds of gritty, soulful southern blues.
Francis delivered worthy renditions of Hill’s bass parts and even has a voice to emulate the backing vocals to many tracks.
“We’ve now been doing this for five decades,” proclaimed legendary guitarist and frontman Billy Gibbons at the ZZ Top Peoria Civic Center, Illinois, show on 10 April 2023. That night not a soul left without being captivated by another masterful ZZ Top performance.
Dusty Hill may be gone, but he is not forgotten.
Tickets are on sale from here at 10 AM, 15 December 2023 from here.
ZZ Top – The Elevation Tour
28-Jun Friday Rattvik, Sweden Dalhalla Festival
29-Jun Saturday Oslo, Norway Tons of Rock Festival
01-Jul Monday Arhus, Denmark Tivoli
02-Jul Tuesday Halle, Germany Peissnitzinsel
03-Jul Wednesday Sperken, Austria Castle Clam
05-Jul Friday Bonn, Germany Kunst!rasen
06-Jul Saturday Berlin Germany Zitadelle
08-Jul Monday Amsterdam, Holland AFAS Live
09-Jul Tuesday Paris, France Zenith Paris – La Villette
11-Jul Thursday London UK OVO Arena Wembley
13-Jul Saturday Wolfsburg, Germany Autostadt Summer Festival
14-Jul Sunday Munich, Germany Tollwood Festival
16-Jul Tuesday Sion, Switzerland Sion Festival