Ozzy Osbourne Tributes ZZ Top Founder Dusty Hill After His Passing with Classic Photos

by Chris Haney
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On Wednesday, ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill passed away, and another rock legend in Ozzy Osbourne made sure to pay his respects to the famous musician.

Since news broke earlier today of Hill’s death, fans and other musicians have honored Hill on social media. Numerous musicians that know Dusty and his bandmates have reached out to share their condolences. The Black Sabbath lead singer posted his own heartfelt tribute to Hill on Twitter as well.

Ozzy extended his thoughts to ZZ Tops’s other two members: Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard. Additionally, he said his thoughts go out to “all the ZZ Top fans around the world.”

Osbourne also shared a couple of pictures of himself and Dusty Hill. The photos are from the second annual VH1 Rock Honors from 2007, which took place at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event just so happened to honor both ZZ Top and Ozzy Osbourne along with the bands Heart and Genesis. The event paid homage to all three of the bands and Ozzy for influencing the sound of rock music.

ZZ Top Bassist Dusty Hill Passes Away at Age 72

On July 28, Dusty Hill passed away at his home in Houston, Texas, according to TMZ. The ZZ Top bassist died at the age of 72.

TMZ also reported that Hill recently suffered from a hip-related issue. The band was forced to pause their current tour because of the health problem. ZZ Top offered up more information about his hip issue in a July 23rd Facebook post. They said the musician went back to Houston to seek treatment for his hip.

“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 Facebook post read. “They await a speedy recovery and have him back pronto.”

In addition, the band continued their tour with an alternate lineup. ZZ Top’s guitar tech for the last two decades, Elwood Francis, filled in for Hill on the bass. Hill himself suggested that the band continue the tour, and told them that “the show must go on.”

“And with Elwood to our right, rest assured ZZ Top will deliver their good time, signature show,” Billy Gibbons said. “Billy’s big guitar, crushing drums from Mr. Beard, and Elwood securing the bottom end continues the delivery with those famous three chords we all dig.”

ZZ Top is no different than any other bands in the last year. They had to cancel or postpone tour plans because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, they geared back up this summer and hit the road to play for their adoring fans. The tour includes stops across America in July and August, and they’re supposed to headline Oklahoma’s Born & Raised festival in September. There’s no word yet on if the shows will continue at this point.