XXX Tour

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XXX Tour
Tour by ZZ Top
Location United States, Australia, New Zealand
Associated album XXX
Start date September 12, 1999
End date May 1, 2000
Legs 3
Shows 106
ZZ Top concert chronology
Mean Rhythm Tour
(1997)
XXX Tour
(1999-2000)
Casino Tour
(2002)

The XXX Tour was a concert tour by American rock band ZZ Top. Staged in support of their 1999 album XXX, the tour visited arenas from 1999 through 2000. With three legs and 106 shows, the tour began in Denver, Colorado on September 12, 1999 and ended on May 1, 2000 in Auckland, New Zealand. The first two legs took place in the United States, before the final leg visited Australia and New Zealand, which was branded as the "XXX World Tour". After three legs, the tour was expanded to Europe, though these shows were cancelled. Although the tour provoked a range of reactions from critics, it was generally well received.

Background[edit]

ZZ Top's 1996 album Rhythmeen and the supporting Continental Safari Tour brought them to new audiences, particularly in South Africa. Unlike their previous tours, Continental Safari was a minimalistic, sparse production. According to a press release, guitarist and vocalist Billy Gibbons described the tour's production as a "no-frills, full-thrill presentation—streamlined and down and gritty", further acknowledging, "ZZ Top drives it home with a meaner rhythm than ever before." Although their 1997 Mean Rhythm Global Tour did not visit Europe, they performed over 170 shows in support of Rhythmeen.

Stage design and production[edit]

The XXX Tour stage was designed by Chris Stuba, ZZ Top's lighting director To design the set, Stuba collaborated with long time production manager Donny Stuart stage set. In place of ZZ Top's elaborate productions of the past, the XXX Tour stage was a simple setup, designed to be intimate. The set included a 48-by-30 foot (15 by 9 m) stage, and was supplemented by giant stretch fabric fixtures, known as Transformits, and were made into geometric shapes, which showed various visuals, including the "XXX" logo behind the stage; for any in-the-round venues, the Transformits were not used. Stuba faced the challenge of designing a lighting system to suit both ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd, the opening act for most of the tour; both bands used the same wash lights.[1] The set used 87 automated luminaries and 180 PAR lamps, emitting lots of heat in which the band favored. Stuba explained:

Because the band has literally grown up with conventional lights, they tell me they play better when they 'feel the heat.' They like a really hot stage. The story is they had so many PARs they couldn't move the drum riser until a half hour after the show because it was so hot. They like it that way, and as more conventional lighting goes away and more automated lighting comes into play, a lot of newer bands have no idea what it's like to play under a 150-degree stage. It's an observation we've made about the whole thing, from Billy's point of view.



The way we discovered this was, I was running moving light cues and Billy was saying there was something missing and he couldn't put his finger on it. And it came to turn out that it was just the heat factor. He missed the heat. I was pretty shocked hearing that and didn't give it much thought myself until he pointed that out. Our cues now have more PARs in them just for that reason. If they're happy with the heat and they don't think about it and it's the norm, then in turn they probably do play better.[1]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Opening act(s)
Warm-up shows[2]
July 23, 1999 Cheyenne United States Cheyenne Frontier Days
July 25, 1999 Shediac Canada Can-Am Speedway Andy Cottle and Double Cross, Prism, April Wine, Lee Aaron, Kansas
July 27, 1999 Lake Elsinore United States Lake Elsinore Diamond
July 28, 1999 Paso Robles California Mid-State Fair
August 1, 1999 Yuzawa Japan Naeba Ski Resort Femi Kuti, Catatonia, Ash, Ruffy Tuffy, Ocean Colour Scene, Bernard Butler, Nawang Khechog, The Mescaleros, Todos Tus Muertos
August 5, 1999 Fairbanks United States Carlson Center
August 7, 1999 Anchorage Sullivan Arena
Leg 1: arenas and auditoriums in the United States[3]
September 12, 1999 Denver United States McNichols Sports Arena
September 15, 1999 Pensacola Pensacola Civic Center Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies, Lynyrd Skynyrd
September 16, 1999 New York City Roseland Ballroom Great White
September 17, 1999 Orlando Orlando Arena Lynyrd Skynyrd
September 18, 1999 Sunrise National Car Rental Center Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies, Lynyrd Skynyrd
September 19, 1999 Gainesville O'Connell Center Lynyrd Skynyrd
September 21, 1999 Greenville BI-LO Center Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies, Lynyrd Skynyrd
September 22, 1999 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum
September 24, 1999
September 25, 1999 Birmingham Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center Arena
September 26, 1999 Knoxville Thompson–Boling Arena
September 28, 1999 Atlanta Philips Arena
September 29, 1999 Roanoke Roanoke Civic Center
October 1, 1999 Hampton Hampton Coliseum Lynyrd Skynyrd
October 2, 1999 Philadelphia First Union Spectrum Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies, Lynyrd Skynyrd
October 3, 1999 Pittsburgh Civic Arena
October 6, 1999 Buffalo Marine Midland Arena
October 8, 1999 East Rutherford Continental Airlines Arena
October 9, 1999 Worcester Worcester's Centrum Centre
October 10, 1999 Fairfax Patriot Center
October 12, 1999 Cleveland CSU Convocation Center
October 13, 1999 Fairborn Ervin J. Nutter Center
October 15, 1999 Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena
October 16, 1999 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills
October 17, 1999 Indianapolis Market Square Arena
October 19, 1999 Moline MARK of the Quad Cities Lynyrd Skynyrd
October 20, 1999 Madison Kohl Center
October 22, 1999 Chicago United Center Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies, Lynyrd Skynyrd
October 23, 1999 Ames Hilton Coliseum Lynyrd Skynyrd
October 24, 1999 Fargo Fargodome
October 26, 1999 Minneapolis Target Center Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies, Lynyrd Skynyrd
October 28, 1999 Kansas City Municipal Auditorium
October 29, 1999 St. Louis Kiel Center
October 30, 1999 Memphis Pyramid Arena
November 5, 1999 New Orleans New Orleans Arena
November 6, 1999 Jackson Mississippi Coliseum
November 7, 1999 Nashville Nashville Arena
November 9, 1999 Shreveport Hirsch Memorial Coliseum
November 10, 1999 North Little Rock Alltel Arena
November 12, 1999 Oklahoma City Myriad Convention Center
November 13, 1999 Tulsa Tulsa Convention Center
November 14, 1999 Valley Center Britt Brown Arena
November 16, 1999 Omaha Omaha Civic Auditorium Arena Lynyrd Skynyrd
November 17, 1999 Rapid City Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
November 19, 1999 Salt Lake City Delta Center Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies, Lynyrd Skynyrd
November 21, 1999 Billings MetraPark Arena
November 22, 1999 Missoula Adams Center
November 24, 1999 Tacoma Tacoma Dome Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies, Lynyrd Skynyrd
November 26, 1999 Spokane Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
November 27, 1999 Portland Rose Garden
November 28, 1999 Nampa Idaho Center
November 30, 1999 Reno Lawlor Events Center
December 1, 1999 Sacramento ARCO Arena Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies, Lynyrd Skynyrd
December 3, 1999 Oakland Arena in Oakland Sy Klopps Blues Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd
December 4, 1999 Anaheim Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim Lynyrd Skynyrd
December 5, 1999 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
December 7, 1999 Paradise Mandalay Bay Events Center Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies, Lynyrd Skynyrd
December 9, 1999 Tucson Tucson Convention Center
December 10, 1999 Phoenix America West Arena
December 11, 1999 Albuquerque Tingley Coliseum
December 14, 1999 Odessa Ector County Coliseum
December 16, 1999 Lubbock Lubbock Municipal Coliseum
December 17, 1999 Dallas Reunion Arena
Leg 2: arenas in the United States[3]
December 29, 1999 Lafayette Cajundome Lynyrd Skynyrd
December 30, 1999 Austin Frank Erwin Center
December 31, 1999 Houston Compaq Center
Leg 3: arenas and auditoriums in the United States[3]
January 14, 2000 Hershey United States Hersheypark Arena Lynyrd Skynyrd
January 15, 2000 Charleston Charleston Civic Center Coliseum
January 16, 2000 Wheeling Wheeling Civic Center
January 18, 2000 Wilkes-Barre Northeastern Pennsylvania Civic Arena
January 19, 2000 Rochester Blue Cross Arena
January 22, 2000 Providence Providence Civic Center
January 23, 2000 Uniondale Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
January 25, 2000 Albany Pepsi Arena Laidlaw, Lynyrd Skynyrd
January 26, 2000 Portland Cumberland County Civic Center Lynyrd Skynyrd
January 28, 2000 Uncasville Mohegan Sun
January 29, 2000 Atlantic City Trump Marina
February 2, 2000 Tampa Ice Palace Lynyrd Skynyrd
February 4, 2000 Savannah Savannah Civic Center
February 5, 2000 Tupelo BancorpSouth Arena
February 6, 2000 Biloxi Mississippi Coast Coliseum
February 8, 2000 Louisville Freedom Hall
February 9, 2000 Huntsville Von Braun Center
February 11, 2000 Johnson City Freedom Hall Civic Center
February 13, 2000 Fort Worth Tarrant County Convention Center
February 16, 2000 Macon Macon Centreplex
February 18, 2000 Albany Albany Civic Center
February 19, 2000 North Charleston North Charleston Coliseum
February 20, 2000 Raleigh Raleigh Entertainment & Sports Arena
February 22, 2000 Toledo Savage Hall
February 23, 2000 Kalamazoo Wings Stadium
February 25, 2000 Cincinnati Cincinnati Gardens
February 26, 2000 Columbus Value City Arena
February 27, 2000 Evansville Roberts Municipal Stadium Laidlaw, Lynyrd Skynyrd
February 29, 2000 Peoria Peoria Civic Center Lynyrd Skynyrd
March 2, 2000 Terre Haute Hulman Center
March 3, 2000 Cape Girardeau Show Me Center
March 5, 2000 Beaumont Montagne Center
Leg 3: arenas and stadiums in Australia and New Zealand ("XXX World Tour")[4]
April 17, 2000 Perth Australia Perth Entertainment Centre
April 19, 2000 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre Orianthi
April 21, 2000 Byron Bay Byron Bay Bluesfest
April 22, 2000 Brisbane Brisbane Festival Hall
April 24, 2000 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre Never the Bride
April 26, 2000 Melbourne Melbourne Park
April 28, 2000 Auckland New Zealand Mount Smart Super Top
April 30, 2000 Christchurch WestpacTrust Centre
May 1, 2000 Auckland Queens Wharf

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  • High End Systems. ZZ Top's XXX Tour Spreads Their Heat Worldwide [archived May 10, 2000; Retrieved March 10, 2012].
  • Zurich, Peter. The Little Ol' Web Page from Texas. Past ZZ Top Concerts; 2012 [Retrieved March 10, 2012].
  • ZZTop.com. WORLD TOUR 2000 [archived April 8, 2000; Retrieved March 10, 2012].
  • ZZTop.com. XXX TOUR [archived June 6, 2000; Retrieved March 10, 2012].