Zac Brown Band kicks off 'The Great American Road Trip Tour' in May and adds a new, eighth member Matt Mangano on bass. The tour announcement comes on the heels of ZBB selling out a two-night stand at Fenway Park without any support acts! This is a feat only accomplished by four other bands (Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band, The Police and The Rolling Stones).
Often praised for their "unparalleled musicianship" (VH1), which earns the band standing ovations at every awards show they play, ZBB's latest musical expansion will see long-time ZBB bassist and vocalist John Driskell Hopkins playing different instruments. Already known to "electrify with ear-grabbing vocals" (Billboard), Hopkins will continue to sing and play bass, but take on guitar, baritone guitar, ukulele, upright bass, and banjo in the band.
ZBB fans will recognize new member Matt Mangano from on-stage guest performances over the years and from his studio work on The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1 and Uncaged. Mangano was even a featured guest player on the band's first live CD/DVD release Pass the Jar… in 2010. Before playing with Zac Brown Band, Mangano toured as a guitarist with John Mayer and performed with singer/songwriters Darrell Scott and Dave Barnes.
Of the new line-up, Zac Brown said: "We're always growing as musicians and challenging ourselves to bring new things to our fans. Hop is an amazing talent and I can't wait for people to see what we've got coming for the live show."
The band's latest project The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1 was produced by Dave Grohl and released on Zac's Southern Ground Artists label. To date, the Zac Brown Band have earned three GRAMMY Awards, sold over 6 million albums and produced a historic series of eleven #1 hit singles.
Zac Brown Band - 'The Great American Road Trip Tour’:
5/24 - Lincoln, NE - Pinnacle Bank Arena - on sale now
5/29 - Tampa, FL - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater - on sale now*
5/30 - Tampa, FL - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater - on sale now*
5/31 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre - on sale now*
6/01 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre - on sale now*
6/05 - Orange Beach, AL - The Amphitheater at the Wharf - on sale now
6/06 - Pelham, AL - Oak Mountain Amphitheatre - on sale now
6/07 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood - on sale now
6/12 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion - on sale now
6/13 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center - on sale now
6/14 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center - on sale 4/18
6/19 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center - on sale now
6/20 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center - on sale now
6/21 - Forest Hills, NY - Forest Hills Stadium – SOLD OUT
6/22 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live - on sale now
6/27 - Boston, MA - Fenway Park - SOLD OUT
6/28 - Boston, MA - Fenway Park - SOLD OUT
7/03 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest - Marcus Amphitheater - on sale now
7/10 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center - on sale 4/18
7/12 - Burgettstown, PA - First Niagara Pavilion - on sale 4/18
7/13 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center - on sale now
7/16 - Paso Robles, CA - Midstate Fair - on sale now
7/20 - Lake Tahoe, NV - Harvey's Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena – SOLD OUT
8/02 – Camrose, Alberta, Canada – Big Valley Jamboree – on sale now
8/04 - Sturgis, SD - Buffalo Chip - on sale now
8/09 - Detroit Lakes, MN - WE Fest – on sale now
8/15 - Endicott, NY – Dick’s Sporting Goods Open – SOLD OUT
* With Kacey Musgraves
Check out the rest of ZBB's tour dates here.