ZZ Top took to social media today to confirm the passing of original bassist and founding member Dusty Hill. The Texas trio is one of the few bands that have weathered the rock age with all original members in their lineup.
“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.'”
The band says he died today in his sleep at home in Houston. He was 72.
The band had revealed last week that Hill suffered a hip injury which resulted in his departure from their planned tour, which included a Las Vegas residency. A news release said longtime guitar-tech for the band, Elwood Francis, would be handling bass duties. It remains to be seen if Elwood will be installed as the new member of the band.
ZZ Top is scheduled to play a show at the Azura Amphitheatre in Bonner Springs in a little over a week on Sunday, August 8th. That show includes special guests George Thorogood and Willie Nelson.
They kicked off the latest tour less than two weeks ago in Manchester, Iowa. The trek, dubbed “A Celebration With ZZ Top”, is scheduled to continue in August with dates in the South, Midwest and Far West. A residency at The Venetian Theater in Las Vegas that had been postponed from last year is now set to start in early October.