ZZ Top’s long-term bassist, Dusty hills, It’s dead…TMZ learned.
Dusty died at his home in Houston, Texas-according to his band members, Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard.
They wrote: “Today we are saddened by the news that our partner Dusty Hill passed away in his sleep at his home in Houston, Texas. Together with ZZ Top fans around the world, we will miss your firm presence and your kindness. Nature and a lasting commitment to provide a huge bottom for the’top’. We will always be associated with the “Bruce Shuffle in C”. The boys added, “You will miss it very much, friend. “
It is unclear whether Dusty’s death is related to another recent health panic he suffered-namely a hip injury that the band said he had to resolve in the past week or so, forcing him to withdraw from a series of shows in the United States and his band members.
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ZZT talked about the frustration on Facebook not long ago, writing… “The members of ZZ Top, Billy and Frank wanted to share that their fearless bassist Dusty was taking a short detour back to Texas with a hip problem. They had a hip problem. Waiting for his quick recovery, so that he can recover soon.” They used Elwood Francis …Who has been playing for him.
The team has not yet spoken about Dusty’s death. They plan to hold a show in Simpsonville, South Carolina on Wednesday night-but we are told that in light of this tragic news, the show will be cancelled.
Dusty is one of the original members of ZZ Top-has been their lead bassist and secondary vocalist since the rock band was founded in 1969. He is also half the trio of two famous men with beards and sunglasses who helped make-up…obviously Billy is the other.
They started out in the blues style, but eventually adopted traditional rock music… They persisted and helped them enter the mainstream in the 70s and 80s. ZZ Top has produced as many as 15 albums in their story career…and also decorated them carefully-they have been the backbone of this genre for decades.
In addition to being selected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, ZZ Top has also received honors and recognition from different music organizations, especially in their hometown of Texas. They have also achieved great commercial success… Several of their records won gold, platinum, multi-platinum and even a diamond in the iconic “Eliminator” in 1983.
That one may be their biggest hit so far, “Gimme All Your Lovin'”, and other songs such as “Sharp Dressed Man”, “Legs”, and “Got Me Under Pressure”.
Although no new album has been produced since 2012, ZZ Top-including Dusty himself who has appeared on stage countless times over the years-continues to tour and entertain audiences around the world.
The last time we talked to Dusty and Billy on “TMZ Live” was in 2019, when they had just finished their press conference to promote a documentary covering their lives and careers. Once humorists, the guys are joking that they just saw (or didn’t, to be more precise) in terms of editing.
Dusty’s last words in our clip are now very timely-he told us that he has “lived” the content covered by the document, so seeing the earlier version did not affect them much.
He did survive. The dusty is 72.