Necessity Is a Mother Tour

Necessity Is a Mother Tour
Necessity Is a Mother Tour
Concert tour by ZZ Top
Location North America, Asia, Europe
Start date September 5, 2009 (2009-09-05)
End date October 28, 2009 (2009-10-28)
Legs 3
Shows 28
ZZ Top tour chronology
Aerosmith/ZZ Top Tour
Necessity Is a Mother Tour
Double Down Live Tour

The Necessity Is a Mother Tour was a concert tour by rock band ZZ Top. Launched in the wake of the cancelled Aerosmith/ZZ Top Tour, the tour's concerts were performed in theatres and arenas from September through November 2009. Band members Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill dressed in black biker jackets, along with similar hats and boots. The Necessity Is a Mother Tour consisted of three legs and 28 shows.


Concert overview

Out of the 28 shows performed, each had a similar set list, with 20-23 songs performed. The concerts usually began with techno music played through the PA system, during which the band would walk on stage and begin the show.

Main set

Each show opened with a performance of "Got Me Under Pressure." Following "Got Me Under Pressure," the band performed "Waitin' for the Bus," "Jesus Just Left Chicago," "Pincushion," "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide," Willie Brown's "Future Blues," "Cheap Sunglasses," and "Mexican Blackbird." "My Head's In Mississippi" was only featured as a snippet usually before segueing into "I Need You Tonight." "Brown Sugar" and "Party on the Patio" were played in many shows. "Foxy Lady" and "Just Got Paid" were always part of the main set. "Gimme All Your Lovin'," "Sharp Dressed Man," and "Legs" were also performed.


The encores typically started with a medley of "La Grange," "Sloppy Drunk Blues," and "Bar-B-Q." The show usually closed out with "Tush." "Jailhouse Rock" and "Tube Snake Boogie" were also occasionally performed.

Additional songs

A total of 26 different songs were played throughout the tour. John Lee Hooker's cover of One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" was played at the show in Mannheim, Germany. Elmore James' "Dust My Broom" was performed at the concert in Boston.

Tour dates

Date City Country Venue
North America
September 5, 2009 Detroit United States The Fillmore
September 6, 2009 Christmas Kewadin Casino
September 7, 2009
September 9, 2009 South Bend Morris Performing Arts Center
September 10, 2009 Indianapolis Murat Shrine
September 11, 2009 Roanoke Roanoke Civic Center
September 13, 2009 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club
September 14, 2009
September 15, 2009 Boston Orpheum Theatre
September 17, 2009 Salamanca Seneca Allegany Casino and Hotel
September 18, 2009 New York City Beacon Theatre
September 19, 2009 Atlantic City House of Blues
September 20, 2009 Reading Sovereign Center
September 25, 2009 Singapore Singapore F1 Rocks
October 8, 2009 Amsterdam Netherlands Heineken Music Hall
October 9, 2009 Essen Germany Grugahalle
October 10, 2009 Mannheim SAP Arena
October 12, 2009 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle
October 14, 2009 Bratislava Slovakia Sibamac Arena
October 15, 2009 Budapest Hungary Budapest Sports Arena
October 16, 2009 Ljubljana Slovenia Tivoli Hall
October 18, 2009 Belgrade Serbia Belgrade Arena
October 20, 2009 Bucharest Romania Sala Polivalentă
October 21, 2009 Sofia Bulgaria Akademik Stadium
October 22, 2009 Skopje Macedonia Boris Trajkovski Sports Center
October 24, 2009 Athens Greece Tae-Kwon-Do Sports Pavilion
October 27, 2009 Wolverhampton England Wolverhampton Civic Hall
October 28, 2009 London Wembley Arena


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