ZZ TOP leader Billy Gibbons spoke to Variety about the death of the band’s longtime bassist Dusty hill. On Wednesday it was revealed that hills died in his sleep at his home in Houston of undetermined causes. Thursday, the remaining members Gibbons and Frank Barbe announced that their recently launched tour would resume on Friday, featuring their three-decade guitar tech François Elwood to fill.
Gibbons says that hills played the first two shows of the tour. “And then he asked to be fired”, Bowl recalled. “He said, ‘Yeah, let me go check this out.’ And sure, I said, “Hey, man, health is number one. Go do your thing. And I could say through those first two valiant attempts, if he didn’t give himself 110%, he was the first to kind of say, ‘Damn. Let’s take care of this. ‘ “
He continued, “It’s no secret that over the past few years he has struggled with a broken shoulder, followed by a hip fracture. And he had some trouble with ulcers. form, as best he could. But I think it was a real challenge. And throwing in the towel, maybe it caught up to him. Who knows ? I’m just glad he’s in a good position. “
Asked if there is an official cause of death now, or is it just Dusty really fell asleep and didn’t wake up, Bowl said: “That’s about all they can figure out. Let’s face it, you don’t necessarily die from a broken shoulder or hip. Although the attending physician warned him earlier that bursitis was not uncommon, even arthritis, and they said it was not a very comfortable place. And I could tell he was moving a bit slowly. He said, “Boy, that shoulder and that hip is really starting to become a problem. But, at this point, yes, it was off to Dreamland and beyond. “
Funeral arrangements for hills have not yet been publicly announced.
ZZ TOP played without hills Last Friday night (July 23) at Village Commons in New Lenox, Ill., after being forced to return to Texas to deal with a hip problem.
July 21, ZZ TOP canceled concert in Evansville, Indiana due to “group health issue,” local media reports Evansville Mail & Press.
ZZ TOP kicked off their last tour two weeks ago in Manchester, Iowa. The trek, baptized “A celebration with ZZ Top”, will continue in August with dates in the South, Midwest and Old West.
When ZZ TOP announced the tour, hills – who joined the band a year after their formation in 1969 – commented: “They closed the door right after our 50th anniversary tour and now it’s open again. We are so excited to go out and play our music for everyone. ”
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