Following ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill’s recent death, Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson has shared a hilarious story about the musician previous to giving his eulogy.
Phil and his son Jase Robertson spoke about Hill during their most recent Unashamed podcast. Both shared about their time meeting the members of ZZ Top. At Duck Dynasty‘s peak, the Robertsons used the band’s famous single “Sharp Dressed Man” as the show’s theme song. In addition, the band members even made an appearance in the show’s last episode.
As it turns out, Hill’s wife asked Phil to give her husband’s eulogy in Houston, Texas on Saturday, August 7. The father and son duo revisited the Robertson family’s relationship with the band on their podcast. While speaking about their connection to ZZ Top, Phil shared an amusing story of the celebrity’s meeting. The band members requested a rather specific meal to be prepared during their visit to Monroe, Louisiana.
“We had a meeting with them one time, Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill. And they came down, and they requested that we have squirrel. They wanted to eat some squirrels,” Phil Robertson explained. “Which I thought, I figured they’re guitar pickers, I figured they were top of the line, but now I know they are. So Miss Kay fixed them a big pot of squirrel and dumplings. So we had squirrel and dumplings.”
ZZ Top Bassist Dusty Hill Passes Away at Age 72
The music world lost Dusty Hill on July 28th when he passed away in his hometown of Houston, Texas. The longtime ZZ Top bassist died at the age of 72.
At the time, reports pointed out that Hill recently suffered from a hip-related issue. However, his cause of death was undisclosed upon his passing. Although he had some health issues over the years, even his bandmates weren’t quite sure of the specific cause of the bassist’s death.
Previous to Hill’s passing, ZZ Top was forced to pause their current tour because of his hip condition. The band revealed more details about his hip issue in a July 23rd Facebook message. They said the beloved bassist travelled back to Houston so he could address the issue with 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.”
Additionally, at the request of Hill himself, the band continued their tour using a fill-in. ZZ Top’s guitar tech for the last 20 years, Elwood Francis, took Hill’s place on the bass. Ever the professional, Hill suggested the change, which would allow the band to continue to tour. The iconic bearded bassist said 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.”