“We are devastated to hear about Dusty’s passing,” John writes in a Twitter post. He also says that he and his group were so blessed to share the stage with “the great” Dusty Hill and ZZ-Top many times. “And if that wasn’t Rock and Roll heaven. I don’t know what is.”
John Fogerty also reflects on the last performance with Dusty Hill as so heartbreaking.
Dusty Hill Suddenly Passes Away at 72
As previously reported, Dusty Hill passed away at his home in Houston, Texas at the age of 72. The bass guitarist, singer, and songwriter is the brother of Rocky Hill, a guitarist also in ZZ Top.
According to the band, Dusty Hill recently struggled with hip issues. It was recently announced that he was heading back to Texas to see a doctor. “The members of ZZ Top, Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard, would like to share that Dusty, their fearless Bass player, is on a short detour back to Texas to address a hip issue,” the post states. It also noted that Billy and Frank awaited a speedy recovery and have him back on stage pronto.
Billy and Frank then announced the tragic news on Facebook. “We are saddened by the news today that our compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston,” the duo writes. They also share that they will miss Dusty’s “steadfast” presence, his good nature, and enduring commitment to providing the “monumental bottom to the ‘Top.’
“We will forever be connected to that “Blues Shuffle in C,” they added.
ZZ Top Cancels Upstate South Carolina Show After Dusty’s Death
ZZ Top’s concert that was scheduled for Upstate South Carolina was canceled after Dusty’s death. According to Greenville Online, ticket refunds are available at the point of purchase. Tickets purchased on LiveNation.com and Ticketmaster.com will be refunded automatically.
CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park, the venue where the concert was set to take place, issued a statement.“Our box office will be open tonight until 7 pm and tomorrow from 11-6 pm. We will be issuing refunds for the ZZ Top show at our box office ONLY IF you purchased your tickets at our box office. Those that purchased online through TicketMaster will be automatically refunded within 10 business days.”
The venue then adds that those who wish to purchase tickets to other shows for its 2021 season may do so during our box office hours tomorrow to avoid the online fees. The band hasn’t announced any other cancellations at this time. According to Tallahassee’s WTXL, the band’s performance at Wild Adventure is still on for July 31st.