2010 World Tour
|World tour by ZZ Top|
|Location||North America, South America, Europe|
|Start date||April 23, 2010|
|End date||October 29, 2010|
|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. The band announced five dates in South America, including three shows in Brazil; a video message by Billy Gibbons (speaking in Spanish) was posted on the band's official website for fans in Chile. 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. By the time the first North American leg was underway, more US concerts were announced, including festivals like Summerfest, Rocklahoma, and the Crossroads Guitar Festival. Subsequent dates with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in the fall were announced as well. 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, Kansas State Fair, and Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion in New Hampshire 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.
Donny Stuart was the production manager and has been with ZZ Top for the last four decades. In 1999, ZZ Top hired Toby Francis as front of house engineer, who had previously worked with Jane's Addiction and Guns N' Roses; he is Elwood Francis' (Billy Gibbons' guitar technician) older brother. Francis left in late 2010 to work with The Smashing Pumpkins and the band hired Jamie Rephann as a replacement. Jake Mann, from Clair Brothers, was the monitor engineer and has worked with the band for four years. Chris Stuba was the lighting designer, working with lighting technician Bobby Dominguez and assistant lighting technician Jeff Archibeque.
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. 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. Bandit Lites provided the lighting package, including mostly Vari-Lite fixtures, with VL3000 and VL2500 spotlights, as well as VL3500 floodlights. Martin Light MAC2000 floodlights, Atomic 3000 strobe lights and Color Kinetics ColorBlast 12 LED fixtures completed the lighting package. The lighting was controlled by a grandMA lighting control console. In 2005, the band had custom microphone stands made by John A. Douglas, who designed one of several skull-themed drum kits for Frank Beard used on the tour. The stands were made from truck exhaust pipes and had color-changing LED tubes built inside. Microphones were Telefunken M80s that were chrome plated.
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. 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." 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.
With the house lights down, the show began with a house music introduction. 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." The next song was "Waitin' for the Bus", which segued into "Jesus Just Left Chicago." 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.
|Leg 1: North America and South America|
|April 23, 2010||Tyler||United States||The Oil Palace||Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights||N/A||N/A|
|April 24, 2010||Beaumont||Ford Park Pavilion||Edgar Winter Band, Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights|
|April 25, 2010||Bee Cave||The Backyard||Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights|
|April 29, 2010||West Palm Beach||Downtown West Palm Beach
|Albert Castiglia, 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 and 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
|June 5, 2010||Vancouver||Canada||UBC Thunderbird Arena|
|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)
|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
|July 3, 2010||Järvenpää||Finland||Vanhankylänniemi
|John Lee Hooker, Jr., Eddie Cotton|
|July 5, 2010||Monte Carlo||Monaco||Prince's Palace of Monaco
|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)
|July 12, 2010||Rome||Italy||Capannelle Racecourse
(Rock in Roma)
|July 13, 2010||Lucca||Piazza Napoleone
(Lucca Summer Festival)
|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|
|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
|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)
|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
|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|
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- ZZTop.com 2009b
- ZZTop.com 2010a
- ZZTop.com 2010b
- Twitter 2010
- ZZTop.com 2010c
- ZZTop.com 2010d
- Vozick-Levinson 2010
- ZZTop.com 2010e
- Warren 2010
- Bickel 2010
- WBLM 2010
- visitOSLO 2010
- MA Lighting 2007
- Harvey 2010
- ZZTop.com 2000
- Telefunken 2010
- Martin Audio 2010
- Prown & Sharken 2003
- Douglas 2005
- Perry 2010
- ZZTop.com 2010f
- ZZTop.com 2010g
- Esposito 2008
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