ZZ Top will join forces with Ted Nugent and Kenny Wayne Shepherd with Double Trouble for the Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers tour, set to begin April 25 at the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City, La. Th

ZZ Top will join forces with Ted Nugent and Kenny Wayne Shepherd with Double Trouble for the Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers tour, set to begin April 25 at the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City, La. The 30-plus date tour, which will play amphitheaters and arenas, wraps June 14 at American Airlines Arena in Dallas.

ZZ Top is touring in support of its forthcoming RCA release "Mescalero," due April 15. Lead singer Billy F. Gibbons produced the 16-track album, which features ZZ Top's original line-up. The set contains 15 originals, as well as a cover of "Tramp," popularized by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas in the late '60s. Other "Mescalero" tracks include the Spanish-sung "Que Lastima," "Two Ways to Play," "Alley-Gator," "Me So Stupid," and "Punk Ass Boyfriend."

In other ZZ Top news, the group is also planning to release a boxed set. Gibbons told Billboard.com last year that "organizers of that package have dug out some previously unreleased sides and found some live material that none of us even knew existed. There's also some oddball stuff, extended versions, different mixes, and remix versions. By and large, it should be fun to listen to."

The collection was originally thought to be ready for release this year, but a group spokesperson says the set won't happen for "some time."

Here are the dates for the Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers tour:

April 25: Bossier City, La. (CenturyTel Center)
April 26: Pelham, Ala. (Oak Mountain Amphitheater)
April 29: Selma, Texas (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
April 30: Laredo, Texas (Laredo Entertainment Center)
May 2: Jackson, Miss. (Mississippi Coliseum)
May 3: Oklahoma City (Ford Center)
May 7: West Palm Beach, Fla. (Coral Sky Amphitheater)
May 9: Raleigh, N.C. (Alltel Pavilion)
May 10: Charlotte, N.C. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
May 11: Virginia Beach, Va. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
May 13: Bristow, Va. (Nissan Pavilion)
May 14: Columbus, Ohio (Germain Amphitheater)
May 16: Burgettstown, Pa. (Post-Gazette Pavilion)
May 17: Noblesville, Ind. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
May 18: Cleveland, Ohio (Tower City Amphitheater)
May 20: Mansfield, Mass. (Tweeter Center)
May 21: Camden, N.J. (Tweeter Center)
May 23: Clarkston, Miss. (DTE Energy Music Theater)
May 24: Tinley Park, Ill. (Tweeter Center)
May 25: East Troy, Wis. (Alpine Valley)
May 27: Cincinnati (Riverbend Music Theater)
May 30: Antioch, Tenn. (AmSouth Amphitheater)
May 31: Maryland Heights, Mo. (UMB Bank Pavilion)
June 1: Bonner Springs, Kan. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
June 3: Albuquerque, N.M. (Journal Pavilion)
June 4: Phoenix (Cricket Pavilion)
June 6: Marysville, Calif. (Sleep Train Amphitheater)
June 7: Devore, Calif. (Glen Helen Blockbuster Pavilion)
June 8: Mountain View, Calif. (Shoreline Amphitheater)
June 12: Tulsa, Okla. (Tulsa Convention Center)
June 13: Austin, Texas (Frank Erwin Center)
June 14: Dallas (American Airlines Center)

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