ZZ Top recently announced that the band’s bassist, Dusty Hill, passed away in his sleep at his home in Texas.
ZZ Top took to Instagram on Wednesday, 28 July 2021, to post a photo of Dusty Hill and captioned it, “We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home 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’. We will forever be connected to that ‘Blues Shuffle in C’. You will be missed greatly, amigo.”
People of interest and personalities in the music industry started sharing tributes to Hill shortly after the news of his death was announced. Comedian, Rob Delaney tweeted, “Rest in Piece Dusty Hill, I love you forever. Your bass was so loud at one show it made my wife throw up. You were half of rock n roll’s greatest ever rhythm section and a hell of a songwriter.”
Singer and songwriter, Jason Isbell, also revealed on Twitter that it was very sad to hear about Hill, adding, “An all-time great bass player, and a rock and roll institution. Breaks my heart.” Among those paying tribute was Texas Governor, Greg Abbott who stated, “Today we lost a great friend and a remarkable Texan. ZZ Top’s bassist, Dusty Hill died at 72. Truly a music legend.”
The Instagram announcement has since been flooded with comments from fans and celebrities alike, who shared their support for the band. One fan wrote, “What a terrible couple of days for music fans of all genres. Dusty was amazing. Rest in Power, bass god!”
Dusty joined ZZ Top in 1970, a year after they released their first single. The trio line-up remained the same for more than half a century, as ZZ Top progressed from heavy blues to its experimental synthesizer sound of the 1980’s. They became recognizable worldwide for their distinctive look; Stetson hats, long beards, and sunglasses.
The band also gained fame for their popular music videos, including Gimme All Your Lovin’ and Sharp Dressed Man, which won three MTV Video Music awards.
ZZ Top has released 15 studio albums. However, in September 2019, Hills stated in an interview with Ultimate Classic Rock that there is a good chance that the band will release a follow-up to La Futura. The new album may be delayed or cancelled entirely due to Hill’s death.