ZZ Top Cancels Show After Dusty Hill’s Sudden Death
He Will Be Missed
ZZ Top has canceled their show in Simpsonville, S.C., following the death of bassist Dusty Hill. At a recent concert on July 23 in New Lenox, Illinois, the band played without Hill after he had to seek treatment for his “hip issue”. He was then replaced by their longtime guitar tech Elwood Francis. ZZ Top even took to social media to make the announcement that “Per Dusty’s request, the show must go on!”
After news of Hill’s death broke, ZZ Top surviving members Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard issued a statement.
“We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX,” they said. “We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence your good nature and enduring commitment to providing monumental bottom to the ‘Top. We will forever be connected to that “Blues Shuffle in C.” You will be greatly missed amigo.”
Hill wasn’t introduced to Beard by ZZ Top’s original bassist. He played with the band for the first time on February 10, 1970 at a Knights of Columbus Hall outside of Houston. This served as the debut of the trio’s classic lineup.