ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons has delaying the start of his first-ever solo tour to promote his upcoming new album, Perfectamundo.
Gibbons is postponing the first 12 dates of the tour, which was slated to begin November 10 in Atlanta; the tour now starts November 27 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and plays 13 U.S. dates before Gibbons hits the Havana Jazz Festival in Cuba in mid-December. No reason was given for the switch, but Gibbons hopes to reschedule the postponed shows for early 2016.
Gibbons has assembled a new band, the BFGs, for the dates, and he tells us that as much as he wants to give the Afro-Cuban flavored Perfectamundo songs an airing on stage he'll definitely be including some ZZ Top material in the mix:
"I leaned out, I spoke to Jimmy Page. I said, 'Well, when Robert Plant went out and when you went out, how heavy was the demand for Led Zeppelin tunes?' He goes, 'Put on your seat belt. It's gonna be there.' So right now we're trying to figure out, 'Well, do we attempt to Cubanize a ZZ number or do we just play it straight?' We're still out. There's no hard decision just yet, but we're tip-toeing around it, and I think just to have some fun I think that it plays handily into giving ZZ another peculiar twist, this time taking it toward the straits of Florida."
Perfectamundo comes out November 6, and Gibbons has also lined up a November 3 appearance on TBS' Conan to promote it. Gibbons' revised tour itinerary now includes:
Nov. 27 — Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Nov. 28 — Fort Pierce, Fla.
Nov. 29 — Saint Petersburg, Fla.
Dec. 1 — New Orleans, La.
Dec. 3 — Houston, Texas
Dec. 4 — Austin, Texas
Dec. 5 — Lubbock, Texas
Dec. 7 — Solana Beach, Calif.
Dec. 8 — Los Angeles, Calif.
Dec. 9 — San Francisco, Calif.
Dec. 11 — Portland, Ore.
Dec. 12 — Aberdeen, Wash.
Dec. 13 — Seattle, Wash.
Dec. 17-20 — Havana, Cuba
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.