ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill Dies at 72, Remembered by Band Mates, Peers and Musicians


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Dusty Hill, bassist of Texas rock legends ZZ Top, has died at the age of 72 , according to a statement released by his band mates Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard on Wednesday.

The band’s social media pages shared the following:

"We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX. …

Posted by ZZ Top on Wednesday, July 28, 2021

The message:

“We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX.  We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the ‘Top’. We will forever be connected to that “Blues Shuffle in C.” 

“You will be missed greatly, amigo.”

Hill joined ZZ Top in 1970 and remained a key member of the group for more than 50 years prior to his passing.

Rolling Stone put up a story featuring Hill and his band mates performing “Gimme All Your Lovin” at his final ZZ Top concert, which took place on July 18 in Louisville, Kentucky:

After word of his passing spread around the internet, many of Hill’s musical colleagues, friends, peers and those he influenced paid their respects on social media. The list of those mourning his passing was lengthy, and included:

Ozzy Osbourne:

Paul Stanley of KISS:

Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan posted on his Instagram Story, which he then doubled on Twitter:

Lita Ford:

Queen’s Brian May:

 

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The Allman Brothers Band:

Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath:

Bootsy Collins:

The Doors:

Garbage:

Gibson Guitars:

Hill recently underwent treatment for a hip injury that forced the postponement of some ZZ Top events, though it’s unclear at this point whether that had any connection with his death.

Last week, the band shared this on Facebook:

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”.

The members of ZZ Top, Billy, and Frank, would like to share that Dusty, their fearless Bass player, is on a short…

Posted by ZZ Top on Friday, July 23, 2021

May Dusty Hill rest in peace.

Comments

  • Snit Fitzpatrick says:

    Houston is a sad place today but as I go about my business and looking around I’ll always have great memories of Dusty and the times I saw the band and/or him here in H-Town

  • Debra Domino says:

    So glad I got to see and hear ZZTop play in 2019 . RiP Billy wish I could hear that band in the sky. My condolences to the ZzTop family Billy’s family and friends. Hugs and Prayers for peace.

  • David says:

    Wow! A true rock legend. Peace, love and joy to Dusty’s family and all the ZZ Top crew.

  • DARYL JONES says:

    R I P …Dusty. ….legend and kickass band member!….. I’m glad to have seen you a couple times


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