ZBB plays it both ways on new release, slates tour
Thursday, March 5, 2015
– Zac Brown Band will release "Jekyll + Hyde" in late April and launch a tour starting in May with several stadium shows, including two at Boston's Fenway Park.
The new disc streets April 28 on Southern Ground/John Varvatos Records/Big Machine Label Group/Republic Records. The band will premiere new music from the album this weekend during their first performance on Saturday Night Live.
"Homegrown" is the band's highest charting debut. "Dress Blues", written by Jason Isbell, is a somber tribute to members of the military who have been killed in service; and "Heavy Is the Head", which features Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, makes its world premiere this Friday, March 6 on iHeartRadio's Mainstream and Active Rock station. The album also features a collaboration with Sara Bareilles.
"Jekyl + Hyde" follows Zac Brown Band's three platinum-selling albums, "Uncaged, "You Get What You Give" and "The Foundation'" and their 2013 project "The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1'."
Zac Brown Band is: singer/guitarist Zac Brown, violinist/singer Jimmy De Martini, multi-instrumentalist/singer John Driskell Hopkins, guitarist/organist Coy Bowles, multi-instrumentalist/singer Clay Cook, drummer Chris Fryar, percussionist Daniel de los Reyes and bassist Matt Mangano.
Loving You Easy
Mango Tree (feat. Sara Bareilles)
Heavy Is the Head (feat. Chris Cornell)
Tomorrow Never Comes
Young and Wild
I'll Be Your Man (Song for a Daughter)
Tomorrow Never Comes (Acoustic Version)
Tour dates are:
May 1 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
May 7 - Raleigh, NC - Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
May 8-9 - Alpharetta, GA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
May 16 - Gulf Shores, AL - Hangout Music Festival
May 21 - Maryland Heights, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
May 22 - Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
May 23 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center
May 24 - Burgettstown, PA - First Niagara Pavilion
June 4 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion
June 5 - Virginia Beach, VA - Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
June 6 - Hartford, CT - XFINITY Theatre
June 7 - Bangor, ME - Darling's Waterfront Pavilion
June 13 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida County Superfest
June 27 - Ozark, AR - Thunder on the Mountain Festival
June 28 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest
July 3 - Denver, CO - Coors Field
July 9 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre
July 10 - Boise, ID - Taco Bell Arena
July 11 - George, WA - Gorge Amphitheatre
July 12 - Ridgefield, WA - Amphitheater Northwest
Aug. 6 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Aug. 7-8 - Boston, MA - Fenway Park
Aug. 14 - Washington, DC - Nationals Park
Aug. 15 - Philadelphia, PA - Citizens Bank Park
Aug. 21 - Flushing, NY - Citi Field
Aug. 23 - Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Sept. 6 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Sept. 11 - Chicago, IL - Wrigley Field
Sept. 12 - Detroit, MI - Comerica Park
Sept. 19 - Del Mar, CA - Kaaboo Music & Arts Festival
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