Former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones will mount a U.S. theater
tour in October in support of his first solo album,
Zooma, which was released Tuesday.
While his ex-bandmates Robert Plant and Jimmy Page have in recent years
revisited the blues and Eastern sounds that vaulted Zeppelin to fame in
the 1970s, Jones has ventured into more experimental territory. He produced
the Butthole Surfers' Independent Worm Saloon (1993) and has toured
with and produced avant-garde singer Diamanda Galas. He's also worked
with R.E.M., Lenny Kravitz, Peter Gabriel and others.
In addition to the title track (RealAudio
excerpt), Zooma includes "Snake Eyes" (RealAudio
excerpt), which melds blues with full orchestration.
But despite Jones' varied recent history, one promoter predicted the tour,
which wraps up Nov. 1 in Las Vegas, primarily would attract devotees of his old band.
"First and foremost, it's going to be Zeppelin fans," Sam Kinken of New
York promoters Delsner-Slater, said. "From what I've heard, he's going
to play a couple of Zeppelin tracks along with the new album. But he was
a great session musician [in the 1960s], so he could pull anything out
of his repertoire."
John Paul Jones Tour Dates:
Oct. 12; Northampton, Mass.; Pearl Street
Oct. 13; New Haven, Conn.; Toad's Place
Oct. 15; Boston, Mass.; Paradise
Oct. 16; New York, N.Y.; Irving Plaza
Oct. 17; Philadelphia, Pa., Theater of the Living Arts
Oct. 19; Cleveland, Ohio; The Odeon
Oct. 20; Chicago, Ill.; Park West
Oct. 23; Englewood, Colo.; Ogden Theater
Oct. 25; Seattle, Wash.; Moore Theater
Oct. 26; Portland, Ore.; Aladdin Theater
Oct. 28; San Francisco, Calif.; The Fillmore
Oct. 29; Los Angeles, Calif.; House of Blues
Oct. 30; Anaheim, Calif.; Sun Theater
Nov. 1; Las Vegas, Nev.; The Joint