The music world was shocked Wednesday after ZZ Top announced that longtime bassist and vocalist Dusty Hill has died at age 72.
In ZZ Top, Dusty, drummer Frank Beard and guitarist/vocalist Billy Gibbons were the longest-continuing lineup of any act in musical history. Earlier this month, the band launched its 50th anniversary celebration tour, which was booked through next spring.
Dusty left the tour earlier this week to address a “hip issue” and reportedly passed away in his sleep Wednesday in Houston, Texas.
“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,'” Beard and Gibbons wrote in a tribute to Dusty. “We will forever be connected to that ‘Blues Shuffle in C.’ You will be missed greatly, amigo.”
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Dusty was a beloved bassist, songwriter and personality in ZZ Top. News of his death drew tributes from fellow bassists, rockers and beyond.
“Ahhhh man, I love Dusty Hill. A true rocker. What a straight jammer,” Flea wrote in a Tweet.
Singer-songwriter Christopher Cross explained that Dusty was a personal friend “A great musician and a rock icon. My condolences and prayers go out to his wife Charlene, his family, and to Billy, Frank and to the entire ZZ Top organization.”
Peter Frampton wrote that the news was “so sad,” while Top contemporaries George Thorogood & the Destroyers added condolences to Dusty’s family and friends.
“RIP buddy!!” added Pantera bassist and fellow Texan Rex Brown. “I’m far beyond words right now..”
More reactions below…
Ahhhh man, I love Dusty Hill. A true rocker. What a straight jammer https://t.co/k6L53JlhW6
— Flea (@flea333) July 28, 2021
So sad to learn about Dusty Hill. RIP
— Peter Frampton (@peterframpton) July 28, 2021
Our condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Dusty Hill. We are also thinking of our brothers in the band & crew for ZZ Top. 🙏🎸♥️ pic.twitter.com/2fTYg9mB9x
— Thorogood&Destroyers (@thorogoodmusic) July 28, 2021
— Slash (@Slash) July 28, 2021
I hate that my social media has become more of an obituary but such is life, young or old, we are but mere mortals when our time comes.
— Jeff Scott Soto (@jeffscottsoto) July 28, 2021