ZZ Top, 3 Doors Down & Wilson team up for tour

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ZZ Top are teaming up with rockers 3 Doors Down and country singer Gretchen Wilson to form the “Gang of Outlaws” tour. The trio of southern favorites will kick off the package tour in the Northeast this spring with a pair of shows in New England.

The tour will kick off at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire on Friday, May 25. Tickets for the show, which range in price from $39.50 to $69.50, will go on sale Friday at noon through Ticketmaster.

Two days later, it will swing through Connecticut for a performance at the MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket. Tickets for the show, which range in price from $70 to $90, are now on sale through the venue’s box office and website.

“We’re really looking forward to working with the guys from 3 Doors Down and Gretchen too, if we may borrow from the late, great Robert Johnson, clear those stones from the pass way on this phenomenal tour,” said ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons in a press release. “The Gang of Outlaws is ready to ride!”

The Texas-based classic rockers, comprised of Gibbons (guitar and vocals), Dusty Hill (bass and vocals) and Frank Beard (drums), have been going strong since 1969. It is expected they’ll preview new material from their forthcoming release over the course of the tour, along with plenty of greatest hits and fan favorites. No official information has been made available for the band’s 15th studio album and first since 2003’s Mescalero.

3 Doors Down continue to tour in support of their latest album, 2011’s Time of My Life. The Mississippi-bred rocker’s fifth studio effort features singles “When You’re Young” and “Every Time You Go.”

“The tour is huge!,” declared lead singer Brad Arnold. “We have the honor to share the stage with some amazing artists, including one of my favorite bands, ZZ Top! We can’t wait to bring Gang Of Outlaws to your town.”

Wilson will bring a country flair to the show and promote her latest release, 2010’s I Got Your Country Right Here. The Illinois-native’s fourth studio effort features hit single “Work Hard, Play Harder” and the Grammy-nominated cover of Clay Walker’s “I’d Love To Be Your Last.”

“Obviously I couldn’t be more excited that I am to be part of this tour,” she said. “Fabulous guys, fabulous musicians!”

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