Billy Gibbons Reveals That ZZ Top Is Worried Of Their Future After Dusty’s Death
Dusty Hill and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top during 2007 VH1 Rock Honors - Show at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top recently admitted in an interview that the remaining band members are worried about the band’s future after the death of Dusty Hill.
Remembering the late bassist, Hill has made a lot of contributions to ZZ Top. He played the bass along with doing some vocal and keyboard parts in a span of almost 50 years. He made a major contribution to the band’s success with their hit albums. However, starting year 2000, he suffered from many illnesses.
At first, he was diagnosed with Hepatitis C and then followed by an injury to his hip during a 2014 tour. During his break, he insisted the band to continue doing shows with guitar tech Elwood Francis. Fast forward to 2021, the musician passed away and Francis became the permanent member. Since Hill’s passing, the remaining members have always talked about how they miss their bandmate.
For Gibbons, they did not only lose a musician, but also a friend. On the other hand, he also shared with pride that Francis joining the band gave them a new direction. Gibbons explained:
“Well, it was an unexpected reality that landed not only in my lap but allowed me to hunker down and get serious with Mister Beard. And the two of us both agreed that as an honor to the legacy of the band, we felt it would be more suitable to try to pick up sticks and carry on rather than just throw in the towel. And fortunately, with the arrival of Elwood Francis, that possibility became a reality. And here we are today having as much fun up there on stage as we ever have.”
Gibbons also gave a hint that their upcoming shows would be thrilling. One of it includes sharing the stage with Jeff Beck and Ann Wilson for the promotional tour of their album.