In Your Face Tour

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In Your Face Tour
Concert tour by ZZ Top
Location United States
Start date September 26, 2008 (2008-09-26)
End date November 1, 2008 (2008-11-01)
Shows 23
ZZ Top concert chronology
El Camino Ocho Tour
(2008)
In Your Face Tour
(2008)
European Tour 2009

The In Your Face Tour was a concert tour by rock band ZZ Top. The tour's concerts were performed in performing arts and convention centers from September through November 2008. Band members Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill dressed in black biker jackets with rhinestones, as well as baseball caps and boots. The In Your Face Tour consisted of 23 shows. As with the previous El Camino Ocho Tour, some of the tour was shown in the concert film Double Down Live.

Concert overview[edit]

Out of the 23 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]

Each show opened with a performance of "Got Me Under Pressure." Following "Got Me Under Pressure," 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 "Cheap Sunglasses," "I Need You Tonight," "Hey Joe," "Heard It on the X," and "Just Got Paid." "Gimme All Your Lovin'," "Sharp Dressed Man," and "Legs" were also included.

Encores[edit]

The encores typically started with a medley of "La Grange," "Sloppy Drunk Blues," and "Bar-B-Q." The show 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. Muddy Waters covers of "Rollin' Stone" and "Still a Fool" were played at random. "Folsom Prison Blues" was included in the show at the Ryman Auditorium. "Future Blues" by Willie Brown was played in many shows.

Reception[edit]

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette gave a generally positive review for the show at the Post-Gazette Pavilion, stating that the band had "aged gracefully" and "morphed from a beat-up pickup truck to a shiny, slick machine."[1] The review also mentioned the raspy quality in Gibbons' voice, saying that he "sounded pretty bad" and compared his voice to a "raspy old smoker." However, the review also said that his vocals were "all grit and soul, and true to the sound of the old albums."

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Opening Act(s)
Leg 1: arenas in North America
September 26, 2008 Wichita United States Century II Convention Hall Blackberry Smoke
September 27, 2008 Fort Smith Fort Smith Convention Center
September 28, 2008 Bixby SpiritBank Event Center
September 30, 2008 St. Louis Fox Theatre
October 1, 2008 Kansas City Midland Theatre
October 3, 2008 Nashville Ryman Auditorium
October 4, 2008 Huntington Keith-Albee Theatre
October 5, 2008 Cleveland Allen Theatre
October 10, 2008 Columbus Palace Theatre
October 11, 2008 Indianapolis Murat Shrine
October 12, 2008 Milwaukee Riverside Theater
October 15, 2008 Burgettstown Post-Gazette Pavilion Rodney Atkins, Brooks & Dunn
October 16, 2008 Tinley Park First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
October 17, 2008 Minneapolis Orpheum Theatre
October 18, 2008 Grand Forks Chester Fritz Auditorium
October 19, 2008 Sioux Falls Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science
October 22, 2008 Portland Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
October 23, 2008 Pullman Beasley Coliseum
October 26, 2008 Pomona Fairplex The Tubes, Foo Fighters
October 28, 2008 Salt Lake City Capitol Theatre
October 30, 2008 Colorado Springs Pikes Peak Center
October 31, 2008 Denver Paramount Theatre
November 1, 2008 Amarillo Amarillo Civic Center

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mervis, Scott (October 16, 2008). "ZZ Top, Brooks and Dunn deliver powerhouse concert". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Block Communications). Retrieved December 13, 2010. 

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