Fresh from their induction - by Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones - into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, ZZ TOP have announced that they are set to embark on a major North America tour this summer.

Internationally known as "that little ol' band from Texas," ZZ TOP will celebrate its thirty-fifth anniversary later this year. With the original line up of Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard intact, they can handily lay claim to being the longest-running intact road show in American rock history.

Prior to their embarking on the three month tour that will bring them before audiences in arenas and amphitheaters throughout the U.S. and Canada, ZZ TOP will perform Sunday, June 6th at The Cotton Bowl in Dallas with Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and other notable icons of the guitar including B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Bo Diddley and Buddy Guy. Their appearance is part of the Crossroads Guitar Festival to benefit Crossroads Centre Antigua, the treatment and education center founded in 1997 by Clapton,

ZZ TOP's Summer '04 Tour is in support of their current RCA release Mescalero which The Times of London reviewed as "an irreducible, blues-rock formula delivered with a cartoon bravado that puts even AC/DC in the shade." The Boston Herald called it "a heady set filled with chugga-chugga rhythms, Texas guitar swagger and gravely vocals" while Metronome's review noted "ZZ Top not only proves they're inimitable talent but their uncanny knack to stay as vital and entertaining as the day they formed." The Worcester Telegram enthused, "Mescalero thumps and bumps with some of the grittiest blues ZZ Top has played to date." Additionally, material included on the band's eighty track 4-disc boxed set retrospective Chrome, Smoke & BBQ from Warner Bros. will be featured in the band's tour sets.

"This is a great time in our history," stated Dusty Hill. "We were so honored to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and last year's tour was a great experience for us. We thought we'd just keep things rockin' this summer."

Noted Billy F Gibbons, "We're looking forward to hitting the trail again. As long as the audiences are happy with the same three guys doing the same three chords, we're there."