Longtime ZZ Top bassist, Dusty Hill passed away today at 72 years old.
The legendary rock bassist passed away in his sleep in Houston earlier today, according to a statement from his bandmates Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard.
The band broke the news on their Facebook page with a tribute to the late, bearded rocker.
“The members of ZZ Top, Billy, and Frank, would like to share that Dusty, their fearless Bass player, is on a short detour back to Texas, to address a hip issue. They await a speedy recovery and have him back pronto.
Per Dusty’s request “The show must go on!”. With that directive, ZZ Top has put the services of Mr. Elwood Francis, their trusted guitar tech of the past two decades, into play with his slide guitar, bass guitar, and harmonica playing in full swing.
“And with Elwood to our right, rest assured ZZ Top will deliver their good time, signature show”, said Billy F Gibbons. “Billy’s big guitar, crushing drums from Mr. Beard, and Elwood securing the bottom end continues the delivery with those famous three chords we all dig”.
Dusty was one of the co-founders of ZZ Top all the way back in the ’60s. He was not only the bass player, but he also shared lead/background vocal duties with Billy Gibbons.
During his career, Dusty Hill performed on 15 albums. Several of them reaching the gold, platinum, multi-platinum, and even diamond status.
Check out one of their most famous songs, and one of their highest-charting songs of all time performed live.