Dusty Hill dead – ZZ Top plays first concert since bassist's death as 'Dusty wanted band to continue'

ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill has died after suffering hip issues — but his band member Billy Gibbons said the "show must go on" as the bassist’s funeral is expected to take place next week.

Speaking to Variety on Thursday afternoon, Gibbon's said: "The show must go on. Don’t forget it."

His interview comes as the remaining ZZ Top band members will resume their tour on Friday, Variety reported.

The 72-year-old rock icon passed away in his sleep at his home in Houston, Texas, the band confirmed on Wednesday.

Hill recently suffered from a hip injury that forced him to drop out of several shows over the past week. However, it is not clear if that is related to his sudden death.

Elwood Francis is taking Hill's place as ZZ Top's guitarist, copying Hill's iconic beard as well.

Read our Dusty Hill live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Katie Balevic

    FAN POSTED PICS FROM ALABAMA CONCERT

    Fans of ZZ Top posted pictures from the Alabama concert on Friday.

    "It was a great show!" one fan wrote.

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    A post shared by Jamon Matthew Fannin (@fandango02)

  • Katie Balevic

    ZZ TOP PORTRAIT

    The members of ZZ Top posed backstage at the Metro Center in Rockford, Illinois in 1984.

    Pictured are, from left, Dusty Hill, Billy Gibbons, and Frank Beard. 

    Credit: Getty Images – Getty
  • Katie Balevic

    PHOTOS OF ZZ TOP'S FRIDAY CONCERT

    Tuscaloosa News shared a series of photos from ZZ Top's Friday concert.

  • Katie Balevic

    DUCK DYNASTY STAR REMEMBERS DUSTY HILL

    Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson told Fox News on Thursday about how Dusty Hill’s passing has led him to recount the past.

    Thinking about their last encounter, Robertson said: “Our beards bowed down when we got in their presence because they had been running that look way longer than we had, that’s for sure.

    “When I was with them a couple of years ago, they were heading off to Europe to play for like two months or something, it was crazy.

    “And I was thinking at the time, not a lot of people have their 70th birthday and then take off to Europe to keep working and keep doing what they love to do.

    “And it’s just a tribute to him and their lives, their passion and what they had. They had something good and they kept it together, kept the look, kept everything.”

  • Katie Balevic

    HOW OLD WAS DUSTY HILL?

    ZZ Top's Dusty Hill, the long-bearded bassist for the million-selling Texas blues rock trio known for such hits as Legs and Gimme All Your Lovin', died this week.

    He was 72.

  • Katie Balevic

    HALL OF FAME INDUCTION

    ZZ Top was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, introduced by Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.

    "These cats are steeped in the blues, so am I," Richards said.

    He added: "These cats know their blues and they know how to dress it up.

    "When I first saw them, I thought, I hope these guys are not on the run, because that disguise is not going to work."

  • Debbie White

    ‘SHARED SOMETHING SIMILAR’

    “I think we shared with them something similar in that we kind of came from generally the same area and kind of came out of nowhere,” Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson told Fox News.

    He continued: “We just do what we love to do. And for those guys playing music – they got to this national spotlight and yeah, we shared that together and we would actually talk about that and how from little small towns around here and coming out and doing that.”

    “I think their longevity was just incredible. And so many of those bands in the ’80s came and went and you don’t even remember the names of many more, but we just kind of found that sound of what they liked.

    “I’ll never forget when ‘Sharp Dressed Man’ and those sounds came out, of course, I had no idea at the time that I would be connected to that song somehow – I couldn’t see it in a million years.”

  • Debbie White

    DUSTY WAS A JACK OF ALL MUSICAL TRADES

    Joseph Michael “Dusty” Hill was an American musician, singer, and songwriter.

    As one of the founding members of the band, Dusty was known as a jack of all trades as he played bass guitar, sang backing and lead vocals, and keyboards over the years.

  • Debbie White

    BAND PREVIOUSLY DETAILED HILL’S HIP INJURY

    Hill recently suffered from a hip injury that forced him to drop out of several shows over the past week.

    At the time, the band let fans know about the change to their line-up, explaining that Elwood Francis, their longtime guitar tech, would be filling in for Dusty while he was out with his hip injury.

    “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,” the statement said.

  • Debbie White

    WAS DUSTY HILL MARRIED?

    Since 2002, Hill was married to Charleen McCrory.

    McCrory is a former actress who starred in the 1996 film Alien Vows.

    After a decade-long relationship, the two married in Houston, TX.

    McCrory is known for staying out of the spotlight despite her high-profile relationship and not much information is available on her.

  • Debbie White

    GIBBONS SPOKE ABOUT DUSTY HILL'S CAUSE OF DEATH

    Gibbons was also asked about Dusty Hill's cause of death, and he said it seems the star just died in his sleep.

    "That’s about all they can determine. Let’s face it, you don’t necessarily pass away from a broken shoulder or broken hip. Although the attending physician had earlier warned him that bursitis was not uncommon, even arthritis, and they said it’s not a very comfortable place to be.

    "And I could tell that he was moving a little slow. He said, 'Boy, this shoulder and hip are really starting to become a problem.' But, as of this juncture, yeah, it was off to dreamland and beyond," Gibbons said.

  • Debbie White

    GIBBONS TALKED ABOUT 'WATERWORKS' AFTER HILL'S DEATH

    Gibbons has also talked about the waves of emotions he felt after Hill passed.

    "I had a couple of moments with the waterworks coming and going, and I really felt a sense of relief. I said, 'Gee whiz, maybe I am human after all.'

    "This is coming from a very deep and glorious place, with respect to knowing that after 50 years with the guy, we were all joined at — no pun intended — joined at the hip.

    "But knowing that we can take his wishes forward and give him all due respect… You know, he was adamant. He said, 'I’m going to go down and see what’s up. In the meantime,' he said, 'the show must go on. Don’t forget it.' And he was pointing his finger and shaking it," Gibbons recalled.

  • Debbie White

    'LEGENDARY MUSICIAN'

    Singer, songwriter Travis Tritt also took to Twitter to remember the late ZZ Top member.

    He wrote: "Very sad to hear of the passing of @zztop bass player and co-lead singer Dusty Hill.

    "Legendary musician and all around great dude that has gone too soon!

    "He will be sorely missed. Deepest condolences to his family, friends and fans. #RIPDustyHill"

  • Debbie White

    FOO FIGHTERS PAY TRIBUTE

    On July 29, the Foo Fighters remembered ZZ Top's Dusty Hill following his death.

    The band's drummer, Taylor Hawkins, was seen on stage wearing a T-shirt that read "Dusty RIP," NME reported.

    ZZ Top confirmed that their bassist, Dusty Hill, had died in social media posts on Wednesday.

    The devastating post was signed by Hill’s bandmates, Frank and Billy.

  • Debbie White

    WHAT WAS DUSTY HILL'S NET WORTH?

    According to Celebrity Net Worth, Hill had an estimated net worth of $60million.

    His extensive worth comes from his career as a musician.

    In the United States alone, ZZ Top has sold over 25 million albums over the years.

    Their best-selling album is Eliminator that was released in March 1983, the album contains five hit singles that the band still performs today.

  • Debbie White

    WHAT WAS DUSTY HILL'S CAUSE OF DEATH?

    TMZ reported that his former bandmates, Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard, announced his death but did not reveal a specific cause.

    "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,'" they wrote.

    "We will forever be connected to that "Blues Shuffle in C, you will be missed greatly, amigo."

  • Debbie White

    COMMERCIAL HIT

    The band broke through commercially with La Grange, a funky blues song in the style of Slim Harpos Shake Your Hips.

    This paid tribute to the Chicken Ranch, a notorious brothel outside of the Texas town of La Grange.

    The band went on to have such hits as Tush in 1975, and the 1980s songs Sharp Dressed Man, Legs, Gimme All Your Lovin and Sleeping Bag.

    ZZ Top's 1976 Worldwide Texas Tour, with its iconic Texas-shaped stage festooned with cacti, snakes and longhorn cattle, was one of the decade's most successful rock tours.

    Their million-selling albums included Eliminator, Afterburner and Antenna.

  • Debbie White

    BAND'S EARLY DAYS

    Born Joe Michael Hill in Dallas, Dusty Hill, guitarist Billy Gibbons and drummer Frank Beard formed ZZ Top in Houston in 1969.

    They named themselves in part after blues singer Z.Z. Hill and influenced by the British power trio Cream.

    Their debut release, ZZ Tops First Album, came out in 1970.

  • Debbie White

    'LEGENDARY MUSICIAN'

    Singer, songwriter Travis Tritt also took to Twitter to remember the late ZZ Top member.

    He wrote: "Very sad to hear of the passing of @zztop bass player and co-lead singer Dusty Hill.

    "Legendary musician and all around great dude that has gone too soon!

    "He will be sorely missed. Deepest condolences to his family, friends and fans. #RIPDustyHill"

  • Debbie White

    WHO ARE DUSTY HILL’S CHILDREN?

    At the time of his death, the legendary bassist was married to his long-time girlfriend, Charleen McCrory.

    Despite McCrory and Hill’s decade-plus long relationship, the two never had children together.

    However, Hill had a daughter, Charity Hill, from a previous relationship before his rock and roll days.

  • Debbie White

    DUCK DYNASTY STAR REMEMBERS DUSTY HILL

    Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson told Fox News on Thursday about how Dusty Hill’s passing has led him to recount the past.

    Thinking about their last encounter, Robertson said: “Our beards bowed down when we got in their presence because they had been running that look way longer than we had, that’s for sure.

    “When I was with them a couple of years ago, they were heading off to Europe to play for like two months or something, it was crazy.

    “And I was thinking at the time, not a lot of people have their 70th birthday and then take off to Europe to keep working and keep doing what they love to do.

    “And it’s just a tribute to him and their lives, their passion and what they had. They had something good and they kept it together, kept the look, kept everything.”

  • Debbie White

    HALL OF FAME

    ZZ Top was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, introduced by Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.

    "These cats are steeped in the blues, so am I," Richards said.

    He added: "These cats know their blues and they know how to dress it up.

    "When I first saw them, I thought, I hope these guys are not on the run, because that disguise is not going to work."

  • Debbie White

    HOW OLD WAS DUSTY HILL?

    ZZ Top's Dusty Hill, the long-bearded bassist for the million-selling Texas blues rock trio known for such hits as Legs and Gimme All Your Lovin', died at the age of 72.

  • Katie Balevic

    WHAT WAS DUSTY HILL'S NET WORTH?

    According to Celebrity Net Worth, Hill had an estimated net worth of $60million.

    His extensive worth comes from his career as a musician.

    In the United States alone, ZZ Top has sold over 25 million albums over the years.

    Their best-selling album is Eliminator that was released in March 1983, the album contains five hit singles that the band still performs today.

  • Katie Balevic

    GIBBONS TALKED ABOUT 'WATERWORKS' AFTER HILL'S DEATH

    Gibbons also talked about the waves of emotions he felt after Hill passed.

    "I had a couple of moments with the waterworks coming and going, and I really felt a sense of relief. I said, 'Gee whiz, maybe I am human after all.'

    "This is coming from a very deep and glorious place, with respect to knowing that after 50 years with the guy, we were all joined at — no pun intended — joined at the hip.

    "But knowing that we can take his wishes forward and give him all due respect… You know, he was adamant. He said, 'I’m going to go down and see what’s up. In the meantime,' he said, 'the show must go on. Don’t forget it.' And he was pointing his finger and shaking it," Gibbons recalled.

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