El Camino Ocho Tour

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El Camino Ocho Tour
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Concert tour by ZZ Top
Location North America, Europe
Start date May 2, 2008 (2008-05-02)
End date September 9, 2008 (2008-09-09)
Legs 3
Shows 62
ZZ Top concert chronology
Hollywood Blues Tour
(2007)
El Camino Ocho Tour
(2008)
In Your Face Tour
(2008)

The El Camino Ocho Tour was a concert tour by rock band ZZ Top. The tour's concerts were performed in casinos and fairs from May through September 2008. Band members Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill dressed in black biker jackets, along with baseball caps and boots. The El Camino Ocho Tour consisted of three legs and 62 shows. Some of the tour was depicted in the concert film Double Down Live.

Concert overview[edit]

Out of the 62 shows performed, each had a similar set list, with 16-21 songs performed. The concerts usually began with techno music played through the PA system, during which the band would walk on stage and begin the show.

Main set[edit]

The first leg of the tour opened with "Gimme All Your Lovin'," while the second and third legs opened with "Got Me Under Pressure." Following the opener, the band performed "Waitin' for the Bus," "Jesus Just Left Chicago," "Chevrolet," and "Pincushion." Every show featured "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide," along with "Heard It on the X", "Just Got Paid", "I Need You Tonight", "Cheap Sunglasses," and "Planet of Women". "Sharp Dressed Man" and "Legs" were also included.

Encores[edit]

The encores typically started with "Tube Snake Boogie." This segued into a medley of "La Grange," "Sloppy Drunk Blues," and "Bar-B-Q." The encores usually closed out with "Tush." "Jailhouse Rock" was also occasionally performed.

Additional songs[edit]

A total of 24 different songs were played throughout the tour. "My Head's In Mississippi" was featured as a snippet for a few shows. "I Thank You" was played for the first nine concerts. "It's Only Love" from the Tejas album was eventually dropped from the main set due to technical errors.[1]

Reception[edit]

Despite the fact that the band didn't have a new album to tour with, El Camino Ocho received generally positive reviews. Many reviews did state Gibbons' voice as being "gruff"[2] or "throaty-sounding,"[3] and compared to "road gravel."[1] His guitar playing, however, was well received by audiences. The Toronto Sun gave a rating of 4 out of 5 for the concert on August 24, 2008.[3]

Post-tour[edit]

Double Down Live[edit]

The tour was filmed for future DVD release by Jamie Burton Chamberlin. In October 2009, Eagle Vision released Double Down Live, which combined footage from the tour, and featured 4 of the 11 songs being filmed during the tour. An interview was included in the DVD, filmed before the concert at Zénith de Paris.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Support act(s)
Leg 1: North America
May 2, 2008 Bossier City United States Horseshoe Bossier City
May 7, 2008 Tucson Anselmo Valencia Tori Amphitheater
May 9, 2008 Dixon Dixon Fairgrounds
May 10, 2008 Valley Center Harrah's Rincon
May 15, 2008 Austin The Backyard
May 16, 2008 Corpus Christi American Bank Center Sun Salutation
May 22, 2008 St. Augustine St. Augustine Amphitheatre
May 23, 2008 Orange Beach Amphitheater at the Wharf 38 Special
May 24, 2008 Tunica Resorts Harrah's Casino Tunica
May 25, 2008 Little Rock Riverfest
May 29, 2008 Pelham Verizon Wireless Music Center Zac Brown Band
May 30, 2008 Johnson City Freedom Hall Civic Center
May 31, 2008 Fort Knox Godman Army Airfield
June 3, 2008 Knoxville Tennessee Theatre
June 5, 2008 Marksville Paragon Casino Resort
June 6, 2008 Enterprise BamaJam
June 7, 2008 Atlanta Chastain Park Zac Brown Band
June 8, 2008 North Charleston North Charleston Coliseum
June 12, 2008 Chattanooga Riverbend Festival
June 13, 2008 Jackson Jubilee!Jam
June 14, 2008 Valdosta Wild Adventures
June 17, 2008 Solomons Calvert Marine Museum
June 19, 2008 Gilford Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion Blackberry Smoke
June 20, 2008 Wallingford Chevrolet Theatre
June 21, 2008 Rutland Vermont State Fairgrounds
June 22, 2008 Aberdeen Aberdeen Proving Ground
Leg 2: Europe
July 4, 2008 Póvoa de Varzim Portugal Parque da Cidade Xutos & Pontapés, Crowded House, David Fonseca, Love and Rockets
July 6, 2008 Bilbao Spain Bilbao BBK Live Quique González, The Blues Brothers, Tequila, Riders on the Storm
July 7, 2008 Carcassonne France Festival de la Cite
July 8, 2008 Lyon Halle Tony Garnier
July 10, 2008 Paris Zénith de Paris
July 11, 2008 Bonn Germany Museumsplatz
July 12, 2008 Potsdam Lustgarten Killerpilze, Free, Thin Lizzy
July 13, 2008 Weert Netherlands Bospop Subway to Sally, Thin Lizzy, Danko Jones, Apocalyptica, Ted Nugent, Europe
July 15, 2008 Differdange Luxembourg Arena de Differdange
July 16, 2008 Singen Germany Hohentwiel Festival
July 18, 2008 Carhaix France Vieilles Charrues Festival Sharko, Constance Verluca, Senser, Patrick Watson, Ben's Brother, Calvin Harris, Daniel Darc, Gogol Bordello, Yael Naim, Black Eyed Peas
July 20, 2008 Six-Fours-les-Plages Les Voix du Gaou
July 21, 2008 Monte Carlo Monaco Salle des Étoiles
Leg 3: North America
August 1, 2008 Albuquerque United States ABQ Journal Pavilion Rodney Atkins, Brooks & Dunn
August 2, 2008 Phoenix Cricket Wireless Pavilion
August 3, 2008 San Bernardino San Manuel Amphitheater
August 5, 2008 Nampa Idaho Center Steve Richard
August 7, 2008 Sturgis Buffalo Chip Campground
August 8, 2008 Vancouver Canada General Motors Place Rodney Atkins, Brooks & Dunn
August 9, 2008 Auburn United States White River Amphitheatre
August 14, 2008 Louisville Freedom Hall
August 15, 2008 Springfield Illinois State Fair Brooks & Dunn
August 16, 2008 Omaha Qwest Center Omaha Justin Moore, Brooks & Dunn
August 17, 2008 Oklahoma City Ford Center Rodney Atkins, Brooks & Dunn
August 23, 2008 Clarkston DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 24, 2008 Toronto Canada Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
August 25, 2008 Syracuse United States Great New York State Fair Brooks & Dunn
August 26, 2008 Allentown Great Allentown Fair James Otto, Brooks & Dunn
August 29, 2008 Milwaukee Marcus Amphitheater
August 31, 2008 Fort Leonard Wood Fort Leonard Wood
September 5, 2008 Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Rodney Atkins, Brooks & Dunn
September 6, 2008 Raleigh Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
September 7, 2008 Charlottesville John Paul Jones Arena
September 9, 2008 York York Fair

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Beets, Greg (May 23, 2008). "Texas Platters - ZZ Top: Backyard, May 15". The Austin Chronicle (Austin: Austin Chronicle Corporation). Retrieved December 13, 2010. 
  2. ^ Grant, Devin (June 12, 2008). "ZZ Top blows the roof off the PAC". The Post and Courier (Charleston). Retrieved December 13, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Stevenson, Jane (August 25, 2008). "ZZ Top going strong". Toronto Sun (Toronto). Retrieved December 13, 2010. 

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