El Camino Ocho Tour

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El Camino Ocho Tour
Concert by ZZ Top
Location North America, Europe
Start date May 2, 2008 (2008-05-02)
End date November 1, 2008 (2008-11-01)
Legs 4
No. of shows 81
ZZ Top concert chronology

The El Camino Ocho Tour was a concert tour through North America and Europe, undertaken by American rock band ZZ Top. The tour's concerts were performed in casinos and fairs from May through November 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 four legs and 81 shows. Some of the tour was depicted in the concert film Double Down Live.

Concert overview[edit]

Out of the 81 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.


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]


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]


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]

List of concerts, showing date, city, country, venue, tickets sold, amount of available tickets and gross revenue
Date City Country Venue Opening Act(s)
Leg 1: indoor/outdoor theaters and arenas in North America
May 2, 2008 Bossier City United States Harrah's Horseshoe Riverdome
May 7, 2008 Tucson AVA Amphitheater Rosie Flores
May 9, 2008 Dixon Dixon May Fair
May 10, 2008 Valley Center Open Sky Theater
May 15, 2008 Austin The Backyard at Bee Cave Rosie Flores
May 16, 2008 Corpus Christi American Bank Center Sun Salutation
May 22, 2008 St. Augustine St. Augustine Amphitheatre Blackberry Smoke
May 23, 2008 Orange Beach Amphitheater at the Wharf 38 Special
May 24, 2008 Robinsonville Harrah's Event Center
May 25, 2008 Little Rock North Shore Riverwalk
38 Special, Bucket of Blues
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 Blackberry Smoke
June 3, 2008 Knoxville Tennessee Theatre
June 5, 2008 Marksville Mari Center
June 6, 2008 Enterprise BamaJam Farms
(BamaJam Music & Arts Festival)
Trace Adkins, Tracy Lawrence
June 7, 2008 Atlanta Chastain Park Amphitheatre Zac Brown Band
June 8, 2008 North Charleston North Charleston Coliseum Blackberry Smoke
June 12, 2008 Chattanooga 21st Century Waterfront
(Riverbend Festival)
June 13, 2008 Jackson Downtown Jackson
(Jubilee! Jam)
Blind Melon, Eric Church
June 14, 2008 Valdosta Wild Adventures Blackberry Smoke
June 17, 2008 Solomons Calvert Marine Museum
June 19, 2008 Gilford Meadowbrook Pavilion
June 20, 2008 Wallingford Chevrolet Theatre
June 21, 2008 Rutland Vermont State Fairgrounds
(Summer Extravaganza)
June 22, 2008 Aberdeen Aberdeen Proving Ground
Leg 2: arenas and festivals in Europe
July 4, 2008 Porto Portugal Parque da Cidade
(Super Bock Super Rock)
Love and Rockets, David Fonseca
July 6, 2008 Bilbao Spain Kobetamendi
(Bilbao BBK Live)
Riders on the Storm, The Blues Brothers
July 7, 2008 Carcassonne France Théâtre Jean-Deschamps
(Festival de la Cité)
July 8, 2008 Lyon Halle Tony Garnier
July 10, 2008 Paris Le Zénith
July 11, 2008 Bonn Germany Museumsplatz
July 12, 2008 Potsdam Lustgarten
(Stadtwerke Festival)
Thin Lizzy, Free
July 13, 2008 Weert Netherlands Sportpark Boshoven
Europe, Ted Nugent
July 15, 2008 Differdange Luxembourg Aréna du Centenaire Lance Lopez
July 16, 2008 Singen Germany Festung Hohentwiel
(Hohentwiel Festival)
July 18, 2008 Carhaix France Vieilles Charrues Festival Christophe Maé, Yael Naim
July 20, 2008 Six-Fours-les-Plages Île du Gaou
(Les Voix du Gaou)
Steve Lukather
July 21, 2008 Monte Carlo Monaco Salle des Étoiles
(Sporting Summer Festival)
Leg 3: arenas and amphitheaters in North America
August 1, 2008 Albuquerque United States Journal Pavilion Brooks & Dunn, Rodney Atkins
August 2, 2008 Phoenix Cricket Wireless Pavilion
August 3, 2008 San Bernardino San Manuel Amphitheater
August 5, 2008 Nampa Idaho Center Amphitheater Steve Richard
August 7, 2008 Sturgis Buffalo Chip Campground
(Sturgis Motorcycle Rally)
August 8, 2008 Vancouver Canada General Motors Place Rodney Atkins
August 9, 2008 Auburn United States White River Amphitheatre Brooks & Dunn, Rodney Atkins
August 14, 2008 Louisville Freedom Hall
(Kentucky State Fair)
August 15, 2008 Springfield Illinois State Fairgrounds Grandstand
(Illinois State Fair)
Brooks & Dunn, Heidi Newfield
August 16, 2008 Omaha Qwest Center Omaha Brooks & Dunn, Justin Moore
August 17, 2008 Oklahoma City Ford Center Brooks & Dunn, Rodney Atkins
August 23, 2008 Clarkston DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 24, 2008 Toronto Canada Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
August 25, 2008 Syracuse United States Mohegan Sun Grandstand
(Great New York State Fair)
Brooks & Dunn, James Otto
August 26, 2008 Allentown Allentown Fairgrounds
(Great Allentown Fair)
August 29, 2008 Milwaukee Henry Maier Festival Park
(Harley-Davidson 105th Anniversary)
Gary Allan, Fisher Stevenson
August 31, 2008 Fort Leonard Wood Fort Leonard Wood Bowling for Soup
September 5, 2008 Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Rodney Atkins
September 6, 2008 Raleigh Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion Brooks & Dunn, Rodney Atkins
September 7, 2008 Charlottesville John Paul Jones Arena Rodney Atkins
September 9, 2008 York York Fairgrounds Grandstand
(York Fair)
Leg 4: small theaters in North America ("In Your Face")
September 26, 2008 Wichita United States Century II Convention Hall Blackberry Smoke
September 27, 2008 Fort Smith Fort Smith Convention Center
September 28, 2008 Tulsa 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 Theatre
October 12, 2008 Milwaukee Riverside Theater
October 15, 2008 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pavilion Brooks & Dunn, Rodney Atkins
October 16, 2008 Tinley Park First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
October 17, 2008 Minneapolis Orpheum Theatre Blackberry Smoke
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 30, 2008 Colorado Springs Pikes Peak Center
October 31, 2008 Denver Paramount Theatre
November 1, 2008 Amarillo Amarillo Civic Center Auditorium


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

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