Texas-based rock band ZZ Top has been tapped to open the Rolling Stones' July 16 concert at Helsinki's Olympic Stadium. The show will be a reunion of sorts, as ZZ Top previously opened three Stones sh

Texas-based rock band ZZ Top has been tapped to open the Rolling Stones' July 16 concert at Helsinki's Olympic Stadium. The show will be a reunion of sorts, as ZZ Top previously opened three Stones shows in 1973 in Honolulu, and four gigs in Texas in 1981.

As previously reported, ZZ Top will take Ted Nugent and Kenny Wayne Shepherd with Double Trouble out on the road in the U.S. on the Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers tour, set to begin April 25 at the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City, La. The group will be out in advance of its RCA album "Mescalero," which was recently delayed from a planned April 15 release.

As reported yesterday, AC/DC has been tapped to open a trio of the Rolling Stones' German shows in June, which will also feature the Pretenders on two of the bills (June 20 in Leipzig, June 22 in Hockenheim), and the Cranberries on the other (June 13 in Oberhausen). The Cranberries will also open for the Stones June 4 and 6 in Munich, June 10 in Milan, and June 15 in Berlin.

While opening acts have not been confirmed for all of the shows on the European leg of the band's exhaustive Licks tour, the Counting Crows are set for the tour's June 18 stop in Vienna, while the Stereophonics will open three shows in France (July 5 in Marseilles, July 7 and 9 in Paris), and Starsailor takes over in Twickenham, England (Aug. 23-24). The tour is scheduled to close Aug. 29 at London's Wembley Arena.

Following the cancellation of several Asian shows due to the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in the region, the Stones tour continues Friday (April 4) with the first of two shows in India. This leg of the tour is scheduled to close April 10 in Bangkok. In a statement, singer Mick Jagger said the band hopes to reschedule shows in China and Hong Kong "as soon as possible."

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