2010 World Tour

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2010 World Tour
World tour by ZZ Top
Location North America, South America, Europe
Start date April 23, 2010 (2010-04-23)
End date October 29, 2010 (2010-10-29)
Legs 4
No. of shows 98
ZZ Top concert chronology

The 2010 World Tour was a concert tour by rock band ZZ Top, which began in April 2010 and ended in December 2010. Like recent previous tours, it was a short outing, though for the first time in the band's career, they performed in South America, including three shows in Brazil. The band played many of their classic 1970s and 1980s hits. Critical reaction to the tour's shows was generally positive, although the absence of new material was noted. A great number of tickets were sold within a month of the tour's announcement, which prompted more dates to be added.


On December 11, 2009, it was confirmed that ZZ Top would be headlining the High Voltage Festival in July 2010.[1] The band announced five dates in South America, including three shows in Brazil;[2][3] a video message by Billy Gibbons (speaking in Spanish) was posted on the band's official website for fans in Chile.[4] Pre-sales began a month later and, according to ZZ Top's official Twitter, tickets for the May 20th show in São Paulo were sold-out.[5] By the time the first North American leg was underway, more US concerts were announced, including festivals like Summerfest,[6] Rocklahoma,[7] and the Crossroads Guitar Festival.[8] Subsequent dates with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in the fall were announced as well.[9] This forced the band to cancel many previously booked engagements, several of them being with the Mick Fleetwood Blues Band; shows at the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival in Colorado,[10] Kansas State Fair,[11] and Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion in New Hampshire[12] were canceled. After touring Europe in the summer, the band returned to North America, where they toured with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. In October 2010, they made a brief stop in Europe, where the Doobie Brothers opened shows in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Norway.[13]


Donny Stuart was the production manager and has been with ZZ Top for the last four decades.[14] In 1999, ZZ Top hired Toby Francis as front of house engineer, who had previously worked with Jane's Addiction and Guns N' Roses;[15] he is Elwood Francis' (Billy Gibbons' guitar technician) older brother.[16] Francis left in late 2010 to work with The Smashing Pumpkins and the band hired Jamie Rephann as a replacement.[17] Jake Mann, from Clair Brothers, was the monitor engineer and has worked with the band for four years.[15] Chris Stuba was the lighting designer, working with lighting technician Bobby Dominguez and assistant lighting technician Jeff Archibeque.[14]

The sound was provided by Clair, consisting of Martin Audio products including WSX subwoofers and W8C loudspeakers, which were powered by Martin MA 2.8 and 4.2 power amplifiers.[18] Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill did not use stage monitors or in-ear monitors; instead they relied on custom-made speaker cabinets to monitor themselves, a ritual that both Gibbons and Hill have used for years.[19] Bandit Lites provided the lighting package, including mostly Vari-Lite fixtures, with VL3000 and VL2500 spotlights, as well as VL3500 floodlights.[20] Martin Light MAC2000 floodlights, Atomic 3000 strobe lights and Color Kinetics ColorBlast 12 LED fixtures completed the lighting package.[20] The lighting was controlled by a grandMA lighting control console.[20] In 2005, the band had custom microphone stands made by John A. Douglas,[21] who designed one of several skull-themed drum kits for Frank Beard used on the tour.[22] The stands were made from truck exhaust pipes and had color-changing LED tubes built inside. Microphones were Telefunken M80s that were chrome plated.[17]

Before beginning rehearsals for the tour, ZZ Top held a poll on their official website, asking fans to vote for their top three favorite songs.[23] The results revealed that four songs were actually added to the band's set list: "Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers", "Viva Las Vegas", "Francine", and "Thunderbird."[24] The main set would include five songs from Eliminator (1983), three songs from Tres Hombres (1973), and two songs from Rio Grande Mud (1972); highlights in the show were a medley of "La Grange", "Sloppy Drunk Blues", and "Bar-B-Q." Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill wore custom-made jackets designed by Jaime Castaneda, who has worked for Nudie Cohn and Manuel Cuevas; their jackets usually consisted of rhinestones.[25]

Concert synopsis[edit]

With the house lights down, the show began with a house music introduction.[22] After about 50–60 seconds, the microphone stands would be lit, usually in a red color, and the band members would walk on stage. They started with a performance of "Got Me Under Pressure."[22] The next song was "Waitin' for the Bus", which segued into "Jesus Just Left Chicago."[22] After a performance of "Pincushion", they would play "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide." The show continued with a 'blues hat' skit, in which Gibbons would ask for 'technicians' (one of them being Gibbons' wife) to hand him his fedora. This led into covers of "Future Blues" by Willie Brown and "Rock Me Baby" by B.B. King, followed by "Cheap Sunglasses." A snippet of "My Head's In Mississippi" was included before leading into a brief guitar solo by Gibbons and performing "I Need You Tonight." After playing a cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Hey Joe", the band performed "Brown Sugar" from their 1971 debut album, along with "Party on the Patio" from El Loco (1981) and "Just Got Paid" from Rio Grande Mud. The main set ended with "Gimme All Your Lovin'", "Sharp Dressed Man", and "Legs." After a brief break, the band returned to the stage. The encore began with the "La Grange" medley, which included a cover of "Sloppy Drunk Blues" and "Bar-B-Q" from Rio Grande Mud. "Tush" always closed the show. "Viva Las Vegas" was sometimes preceded "La Grange." In addition, "Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers", "Viva Las Vegas", "Francine", and "Thunderbird" were variously performed only during the first North American leg.

Tour dates[edit]

List of concerts, showing date, city, country, venue, tickets sold, amount of available tickets and gross revenue
Date City Country Venue Opening Act(s) Attendance Revenue
Leg 1: North America and South America
April 23, 2010 Tyler United States The Oil Palace Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights N/A N/A
April 24, 2010 Beaumont Ford Park Pavilion Edgar Winter Band, Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights
April 25, 2010 Bee Cave The Backyard at Bee Cave Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights
April 29, 2010 West Palm Beach Downtown West Palm Beach
Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights, White Collar Crime
April 30, 2010 Melbourne Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts 1,939 / 1,939 $128,573
May 1, 2010 St. Petersburg Tropicana Field
(Rays Summer Concert Series)
May 4, 2010 Jacksonville Moran Theater Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights 1,442 / 2,500 $81,569
May 5, 2010 Columbus Columbus Civic Center N/A N/A
May 7, 2010 Little Rock Riverfest Amphitheatre 1,930 / 3,500 $104,011
May 8, 2010 Atlanta Chastain Park Amphitheater 3,710 / 6,700 $213,145
May 9, 2010 Tupelo BancorpSouth Arena 2,863 / 3,500 $96,538
May 14, 2010 Belton Bell County Expo Center N/A N/A
May 18, 2010 Santiago Chile Movistar Arena El Cruce, Harrison Trio
May 20, 2010 São Paulo Brazil Via Funchal Hudson Cadorini e Banda Rollemax
May 21, 2010
May 23, 2010 Porto Alegre Pepsi on Stage
May 26, 2010 Buenos Aires Argentina Estadio Luna Park
May 28, 2010 Speedway United States Indianapolis Motor Speedway
(Miller Lite Carb Day)
May 29, 2010 Pryor Catch the Fever Festival Grounds
Cinderella, Saliva
June 5, 2010 Vancouver Canada UBC Thunderbird Arena Wide Mouth Mason
June 6, 2010 Victoria Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
June 8, 2010 Cranbrook Cranbrook Recreational Complex
June 9, 2010
June 10, 2010 Grand Prairie Crystal Centre
June 11, 2010 Edmonton Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
June 13, 2010 Medicine Hat Medicine Hat Arena
June 15, 2010 Winnipeg MTS Centre
June 16, 2010 Thunder Bay Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
June 19, 2010 Belleville East Zwick's Centennial Park
(Big Music Fest)
Collective Soul, Finger Eleven
June 23, 2010 Bloomington United States U.S. Cellular Coliseum Backyard Tire Fire
June 24, 2010 Muskegon Heritage Landing
(Muskegon Summer Celebration)
Mid-Life Crisis
June 25, 2010 Milwaukee Marcus Amphitheater
35,817 / 45,774 $2,331,045
June 26, 2010
Leg 2: Europe
July 2, 2010 Skånevik Norway Skånevikfjorden
(Skånevik Bluesfestival)
Bjørn Berge N/A N/A
July 3, 2010 Järvenpää Finland Vanhankylänniemi
John Lee Hooker, Jr., Eddie Cotton
July 5, 2010 Monte Carlo Monaco Prince's Palace of Monaco
(Monaco Live)
Iggy and the Stooges, PPZ Rocket
July 6, 2010 Toulouse France Zénith de Toulouse Joe Bonamassa
July 8, 2010 Bayonne Arènes de Bayonne
July 9, 2010 Nîmes Arena of Nîmes
July 10, 2010 Locarno Switzerland Piazza Grande
(Moon and Stars)
Jeff Beck
July 12, 2010 Rome Italy Ippodromo delle Capannelle
(Rock in Roma)
Pino Scotto
July 13, 2010 Lucca Piazza Napoleone
(Lucca Summer Festival)
Jeff Beck
July 14, 2010 Padova Villa Contarini Maurizio Solieri Band
July 15, 2010 Vigevano Castello Sforzesco Tower of Power
July 16, 2010 Aix-les-Bains France Lac du Bourget
(Musilac Music Festival)
Pete Doherty, Gogol Bordello
July 18, 2010 Kempten Germany bigBOX Allgäu Siggi Schwarz
July 19, 2010 Eckbolsheim France Zénith de Strasbourg Philip Sayce
July 20, 2010 Tienen Belgium Grote Markt
John Fogerty, Manzarek–Krieger
July 22, 2010 Nantes France Zénith de Nantes Métropole Philip Sayce
July 24, 2010 London England Victoria Park
(High Voltage Festival)
Heaven & Hell, Foreigner
Leg 3: North America
July 31, 2010 Stillwater United States Tumbleweed Concert Arena
(Rockin' Tailgate)
Corey Smith N/A N/A
August 1, 2010 Southaven Snowden Grove Amphitheater Young Guns 3,958 / 10,353 $87,985
August 4, 2010 Clearfield Clearfield County Fairgrounds Grandstand
(Clearfield County Fair)
August 7, 2010 Wisconsin Dells Crystal Grand Music Theatre
August 9, 2010 Sturgis Buffalo Chip Campground
(Sturgis Motorcycle Rally)
August 10, 2010 Sioux Falls W. H. Lyon Fairgrounds
(Sioux Empire Fair)
The Lugnuts
August 13, 2010 West Wendover Peppermill Concert Hall
August 14, 2010 Murphys Ironstone Amphitheatre Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
August 15, 2010 Costa Mesa Pacific Amphitheatre
(Orange County Fair)
August 19, 2010 Albuquerque Legends Theater
August 20, 2010 Las Vegas Hilton Theater
August 21, 2010
August 22, 2010 Jackpot Cactus Pete's Amphitheater
August 24, 2010 Lancaster Antelope Valley Fairgrounds Grandstand
(Antelope Valley Fair)
August 25, 2010 Livermore Wente Vineyards
August 27, 2010 Salem L. B. Day Comcast Amphitheatre
(Oregon State Fair)
August 29, 2010 Snoqualmie Mountain View Plaza
September 2, 2010 Avila Beach Avila Beach Golf Resort
(Avila Beach Music Festival)
Tommy Castro Band
September 3, 2010 Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre Eagles of Death Metal
September 4, 2010 Del Mar Del Mar Racetrack
(Beer Fest)
September 5, 2010 Laughlin Aquarius Outdoor Amphitheater
September 9, 2010 Rama Canada Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
September 10, 2010
September 12, 2010 New York City United States Beacon Theatre Moreland and Arbuckle 4,342 / 5,162 $264,689
September 13, 2010
September 14, 2010 Richmond National Theater Barrelhouse N/A N/A
September 16, 2010 Tampa St. Pete Times Forum 14,369 / 16,755 $1,135,296
September 18, 2010 Raleigh Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion 18,456 / 19,669 $693,042
September 19, 2010 Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 16,311 / 18,739 $677,372
September 21, 2010 Dallas Superpages.com Center 14,320 / 18,000 $787,276
September 23, 2010 Tulsa Bank of Oklahoma Center 12,887 / 13,222 $1,055,145
September 24, 2010 The Woodlands Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 15,871 / 15,871 $1,053,362
September 26, 2010 Phoenix US Airways Center N/A N/A
September 28, 2010 Chula Vista Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
October 1, 2010 Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl 17,415 / 17,415 $1,691,714
October 2, 2010 Irvine Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 14,932 / 14,932 $1,096,208
Leg 4: Europe
October 14, 2010 Graz Austria Stadthalle N/A N/A
October 15, 2010 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion The Doobie Brothers
October 16, 2010 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy 8,031 / 9,286 $758,389
October 18, 2010 Brussels Belgium Forest National N/A N/A
October 19, 2010 Enschede Netherlands Go Planet Expo Hall
October 21, 2010 Copenhagen Denmark Forum
October 22, 2010 Gothenburg Sweden Scandinavium
October 23, 2010 Oslo Norway Oslo Spektrum
October 24, 2010 Stockholm Sweden Annexet
October 27, 2010 Saint Petersburg Russia Yubileyny Sports Palace
October 29, 2010 Moscow Crocus City Hall