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ZZ Top Will Bring Hell Raisers Tour to North America and Europe in 2016

The Hell Raisers Tour begins in Oklahoma, on March 18.
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ZZ Top will hit the road between mid March and early May of next year, bringing their Hell Raisers Tour to more than two dozen cities in the U.S. and Canada, with a focus on the Midwest, Pacific Northwest and American South. From there, the tour will roll on through England and Europe.

The Hell Raisers Tour, the follow up to this year’s Groove & Gravy Tour with Blackberry Smoke, begins in Oklahoma, on March 18. It continues north into Indiana and Ontario, and then westward, traversing the U.S.-Canada border multiple times. From there, ZZ Top travel southeast, hitting Colorado Springs, Oklahoma (again,) and on to Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Tennessee and North Carolina, where the North American tour wraps up May 6.

The European tour then begins in Birmingham, England on June 23. Thereafter, the band lands on the Continent, starting in France, and winding through The Netherlands, Belgium. ZZ Top will again perform at the legendary famous Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, where they recorded their DVD/Blu-ray release Live at Montreux 2013. The band is set to play four German cities, as well as a performance in Vienna, Austria. Finally, ZZ Top heads to Scandinavia for performances in Denmark, Finland and Sweden.

More than 46 years after their formation in the Houston area, ZZ Top are notable for having the most stable lineup in the history of rock music, consisting of singer/guitarist Billy F. Gibbons, bassist/singer Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have 15 studio albums to their credit, that include hits like “La Grange,” “Legs,” “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers,” from which the tour was named.

ZZ Top’s full North American and European Hell Raisers tour itineraries are below.


Mar 18 – Thackerville, OK – Winstar World Casino and Resort
Mar 19 – Catoosa, OK – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Mar 20 – Evansville, IN – Aiken Theatre in The Centre
Mar 23 – Kitchener, ON – Centre in the Square
Mar 24 – Orillia, ON – Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
Mar 26 – New Buffalo, MI – Four Winds Casino Resort
Mar 28 – Bemidji, MN – Sanford Center
Mar 29 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Center
Mar 31 – Lethbridge, AB – Enmax Centre
Apr 2 – Calgary, AB – Grey Eagle Event Centre
Apr 4 – Dawson Creek, BC – EnCana Events Centre
Apr 6 – Kelowna, BC – Prospera Place
Apr 7 – Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre
Apr 8 – Victoria, BC – Save On Foods Memorial Centre
Apr 13 – Colorado Springs, CO – Pikes Peak Center
Apr 14 – Lubbock, TX – Lone Star Events Center
Apr 15 – Shawnee, OK – The Firelake Arena
Apr 22 – Biloxi, MS – Beau Rivage Theatre (MGM)
Apr 23 – Lake Charles, LA – Golden Nugget
Apr 24 – Shreveport, LA – Municipal Auditorium
Apr 27 – Sarasota, FL – Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Apr 29 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
May 1 – Jacksonville, FL – Rockville Music Festival
May 3 – Chattanooga, TN – Tivoli Theatre
May 6 – Concord, NC – Carolina Rebellion


June 23 – Birmingham, UK – Academy
June 26 – Amiens, France – Retor C Trop Festival
June 27 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – HMH
June 28 – Brussels, Belgium – Forest National
June 30 – Rennes, France – Liberte
July 1 – Nantes, France - Zenith
July 2 – Bordeaux, France – Patinoire Meriadeck
July 4 – Montreux, Switzerland – Montreux Jazz Festival
July 5 – Munich, Germany – Tollwood
July 7 – Vienna, Austria – Marx Halle
July 8 – Nuremberg, Germany – Arena Nurnberger
July 9 – Halle, Germany – Peibnitz Insel
July 11 – Cologne, Germany – Tanzbrunnen
July 12 – Hamburg, Germany – Stadtpark
July 13 – Aarhus, Denmark – Harbour
July 15 – Hamina, Finland – Rockin’ Bastion
July 16 – Seinajoki, Finland – Rockin’ Botnia Festival
July 18 – Rattvik, Sweden – Dalhalla
July 19 – Helsingborg, Sweden – Sofiero Castle