ZZ Top frontman Billy F Gibbons is coming to the UK and Europe this coming summer for a run of festival appearances and headline shows.
The gigs will see the legendary guitarist fronting a ‘power trio’ also featuring Austin Hanks and former Guns N’ Roses, The Cult and Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum, who played on Gibbons’ recent solo album, Hardware. The group will visit 12 countries on their 20 shows, launching the trek on June 10 at the Sweden Rock Festival.
Gibbons is one of a long list of rock legends guesting on the forthcoming album from Ian Hunter. The star-studded Defiance Part 1 album will features appearances from Ringo Starr, Guns N’ Roses duo Slash and Duff McKagan, Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, film star/Hollywood Vampires guitarist Johnny Depp, Stone Temple Pilots trio Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz, Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford, and the late Jeff Beck and Taylor Hawkins among others. Gibbons appears on a song titled “Kiss N’Make Up” alongside Hawkins and actor/musician Billy Bob Thornton.
The ZZ Top maestro released his third solo album, Hardware, on June 4 last year, through Concord Records. Hardware was produced by Gibbons with Matt Sorum and Mike Fiorentino with additional production by engineer Chad Shlosser. It was the follow up to Gibbons’ second solo release for Concord, The Big Bad Blues, which came out in 2018 and won the Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Award.
Billy F Gibbons will play the following UK and European shows in 2023:
Jun 10: Sweden Rock Festival, Sölvesborg, SWE
Jun 12: Tampere, Finland @ Tampere Hall, FIN
Jun 13: Helsinki House of Culture, FIN
Jun 15: Oslo Sentrum Scene, NOR
Jun 17: Copenhell Festival, Copenhagen, DEN
Jun 19: Hamburg Grosse Freiheit, GER
Jun 20: Frankfurt Batschkapp, GER
Jun 21: Nurenburg Lowensaal, GER
Jun 23: Leipzig Parkbuhne, GER
Jun 24: Cologne E-Werk, GER
Jun 25: Winterbach Salier Halle, GER
Jun 26: Praha O2 Universium, CZE
Jun 28: Vienna Gasometer, AUS
Jun 29: Zurich Volkshaus, SWI
Jul 02: London O2 Shepard’s Bush Empire, UK
Jul 03: Birmingham O2 Institute, UK
Jul 05: Festival Pause Guitare, Albi, FRA
Jul 06: Paris Olympia, FRA
Jul 09: Bospop Festival, Weert, HOL
Jul 11: Bournemouth, O2 Academy, UK.