ZZ Top fans were heartbroken when Dusty Hill passed away in July 2021. The loss of the band’s bassist left a void in the music industry, as well as in the hearts of ZZ Top fans across the globe. However, despite the tragedy, the band has decided to carry on and continue their legacy as a duo.
ZZ Top Moves Forward as a Duo: Adapting to the Loss of Dusty
The loss of Dusty Hill has been a difficult challenge for ZZ Top to overcome. The bandmates have been together for over 50 years, and Dusty was an integral part of their sound. However, Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard have decided to honor their friend by continuing to make music together.
In a statement released after Dusty’s passing, the duo wrote, "As we continue to mourn the loss of our fellow bandmate and friend, we take comfort in knowing that he is at peace and in the arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We know that Dusty would be proud that we are continuing to make music together in his memory."
Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard Continue ZZ Top Legacy Without Dusty Hill
Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard have been performing together since the late 1960s. Over the course of their career, they have released 15 studio albums, sold millions of records, and garnered countless fans around the world. Despite the loss of Dusty, the two remaining members are determined to keep their music alive.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Gibbons explained, "We’re not expecting a sympathy vote, and we’re not trying to replace Dusty. He was one-of-a-kind, and that’s what made him so special. But we’re going to keep the spirit of ZZ Top alive, and we’re going to keep making music that we hope our fans will love."
ZZ Top will never be the same without Dusty Hill, but his legacy lives on through the music he helped create. Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard are dedicated to continuing their journey as a duo, and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us in the future. The music industry has lost a true legend, but ZZ Top’s music will forever be a part of music history.