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Friday
Mar182016

Billy Gibbons Says Album by His Pre-ZZ Top Band The Moving Sidewalks Is in the Works

Credit: Sandrine LeeAfter wrapping up a tour in support of his 2015 solo album Perfectamundo last month, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons is ready to hit the road with his main band for a North American trek that kicks off tonight in Thackerville, Oklahoma.

Gibbons will be touring with ZZ Top for a good part of 2016, but he tells ABC Radio that he also has another project outside of his famous group which he eventually plans on turning his attention to. The singer/guitarist says that his 2013 reunion with his pre-ZZ Top band The Moving Sidewalks inspired the psychedelic-blues outfit to start recording an as-yet-unfinished new album.

The four original members of The Moving Sidewalks got back together to play shows in New York City and Austin, Texas, in the spring of 2013, their first gigs since disbanding in 1969.

Gibbons says that after the concerts, he and his band mates -- drummer Dan Mitchell, bassist Don Summers and keyboardist Tom Moore -- "got together and decided, 'Why not? Let's bring it up to date,'" and proceeded to start working on new recordings.

Billy further explains, "Once we lit the fuse then it became a game of lighting a fire, which brought us back into the studio…And there is a bona fide studio revisitation of some ZZ Top-inspired Moving Sidewalks numbers."

Gibbons, who, of course, is no slouch as a guitarist, also speaks very highly about his fellow Moving Sidewalks' musical abilities.

"Talk about players -- those guys are fierce," he gushes to ABC Radio. "They are not afraid of getting down with it." Gibbons didn't say when he thinks the new album might be completed. (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

The Moving Sidewalks formed in Houston in 1966. During its career, the band opened for a number of famous artists, including Jimi Hendrix and The Doors, and released one full-length album, 1969's Flash, plus a few singles.  The group disbanded in 1969 when Summers and Moore were drafted into the military.

Getting back to ZZ Top, the band's North American trek is mapped out through a May 6 performance at the Carolina Rebellion Festival in Concord, North Carolina. The Texas trio will follow that with a series of European dates that run from late June to late July.

Here are all of the dates on ZZ Top's North American tour itinerary:

3/18 -- Thackerville, OK, Winstar World Casino and Resort
3/19 -- Catoosa, OK, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
3/20 -- Evansville, IN, Aiken Theatre in The Centre
3/22 -- Youngstown, OH, Stambaugh Auditorium Concert Hall
3/23 -- Kitchener, ON, Canada, Centre in the Square
3/24 -- Orillia, ON, Canada, Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
3/26 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino & Resort
3/28 -- Bemidji, MN, Sanford Center
3/29 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, MTS Center
3/31 -- Lethbridge, AB, Canada, Enmax Centre
4/1 -- Enoch, AB, Canada, River Cree Resort & Casino
4/2 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Grey Eagle Event Centre
4/4 -- Dawson Creek, BC, Canada, EnCana Events Centre
4/6 -- Kelowna, BC, Canada, Prospera Place
4/7 -- Abbotsford, BC, Canada, Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre
4/8 -- Victoria, BC, Canada, Save on Foods Memorial Centre
4/10 -- Tacoma, WA, Emerald Queen Casino
4/13 -- Colorado Springs, CO, Pikes Peak Center
4/14 -- Lubbock, TX, Lone Star Events Center
4/15 -- Shawnee, OK, The Firelake Arena
4/16 -- Snook, TX, ChiliFest
4/22 -- Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage Theatre
4/23 -- Lake Charles, LA, Golden Nugget
4/24 -- Shreveport, LA, Municipal Auditorium
4/26 -- Naples, FL, Artis-Naples
4/27 -- Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
4/29 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
4/30 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Sunfest
5/1 -- Jacksonville, FL, Rockville Music Festival
5/3 -- Chattanooga, TN, Tivoli Theatre
5/4 -- Augusta, GA, Bell Auditorium
5/6 -- Concord, NC, Carolina Rebellion

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