ZZ Top Announce “Raw” Live Album and Tour
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ZZ Top have announced a new 11-track live album titled Raw for a July 22 release and an extensive North American tour this summer called Raw Whisky.
Raw features the band’s original lineup of electric guitar player Billy Gibbons, drummer Frank Beard and the late Dusty Hill on bass guitar and was recorded at Gruene Hall in 2019—”the oldest continually run dance hall in Texas” as what Gibbons and Beard described it in the Raw liner notes adding:
“It was, in a very real way, a return to our roots.
“Just us and the music, no audience of thousands, no concession stands, no parking lot social hour, no phalanx of tour busses. Just us and the music. We knew right then it was a very special circumstance, all of us in the same place at the same time – and what a time it most certainly was.
“It was as bare bones as when we first started touring in a behemoth Chrysler station wagon, driving vast stretches between those early far-flung shows under blackened Texas skies and first hearing our records on the radio. We were bonded as brothers.”
Raw is made in connection with its 2019 ZZ Top Netflix documentary, That Little Ol’ Band From Texas. The album was produced by Gibbons, and is dedicated “in righteous memory of Dusty Hill” who died on July 27, 2021, at the age of 72. Gibbons and Beard added:
“‘The Dust’ may have left the building but he’s still very much with us.”
The LP includes signature hits such as “La Grange,” “Tush,” and “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” as well as “Brown Sugar” and “Certified Blues” from ZZ Top’s First Album.
Gibbons and Beard will hit the road with longtime ZZ Top guitar tech Elwood Francis, who took the place of Hill on bass for the tour just as he did on the band’s shows last year.
Raw track listing and Raw Whisky tour dates below. For tickets and more information, visit ZZ Top’s website.
ZZ Top, ‘Raw’ Track Listing
“Just Got Paid”
Heard it on the X”
“I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide”
“Gimme All Your Lovin'”
“Blue Jean Blues”
“Tube Snake Boogie”
ZZ Top Raw Whisky 2022 Tour
May 6 – Niagara Falls, ON, CAN @ Fallsview Casino Resort
May 29 – Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre
June 1 – Redding, CA @ Redding Civic Auditorium
June 2 – Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
June 5 – Jacksonville, OR @ Britt Pavilion
June 7 – Bend, OR @ Hayden Homes Amphitheater
June 8 – Walla Walla, WA @ Wine Country Amphitheater
June 9 – Spokane, WA @ First Interstate Center for the Arts
June 12 – Billings, MT @ MetraPark – First Interstate Arena
June 14 – Grand Junction, CO @ Las Colonias Park Amphitheater
June 17 – Tucson, AZ @ Casino Del Sol’s AVA Amphitheater
June 19 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts
June 21 – Loveland, CO @ Budweiser Events Center
June 22 – Grand Island, NE @ Fonner Park – Heartland Events Center
June 24 – Park City, KS @ Hartman Arena
June 25 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheatre
June 26 – Little Rock, AR @ First Security Amphitheater
June 29 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion
July 1 – Toledo, OH @ Toledo Zoo & Aquarium – Amphitheater
July 2 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
July 5 – Fort Wayne, IN @ Foellinger Theater
July 9 – Greenville, WI @ Greenville Lion’s Park
July 22 – Boston, MA @ Leader Bank Pavilion
July 23 – Watertown, NY @ Watertown Fairgrounds Baseball Diamond
Aug 27 – Beaver Dam, KY @ Beaver Dam Amphitheater