Ex–Led Zep Bassist John Paul Jones To Tour U.S. For First Solo Disc

Outing to hit theaters across the country in October, wrap up Nov. 1.

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