ZZ Top ‘will continue after Dusty Hills death’ – Billy Gibbons confirms bassists wishes

Dusty Hill: ZZ Top star discusses his bass playing in 2012

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Yesterday, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard confirmed the tragic news that their bassist Dusty Hill had died aged 72 in his sleep. Last week, the late rocker had pulled out of a concert as he was recovering from a hip injury and was replaced by the band’s guitar tech Elwood Francis. And now Billy has confirmed ZZ Top will not be breaking up, suggesting that Elwood could well be on the way to being the band’s new bassist as early as tomorrow, when they’re next set to perform in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

SiriusXM radio host Eddie Trunk wrote on Twitter that Billy texted him the news ZZ Top would continue, which has been confirmed by the band’s publicist Bob Merlis.

Eddie tweeted: “Received this just now via text from @BillyFGibbons regarding passing of Dusty Hill @ZZTop. Billy told me okay to share w/fans.”

Billy wrote: “As Dusty said upon his departure, ‘Let the show go on!’

“And…with respect, we’ll do well to get beyond this and honour his wishes.”

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