ZZ TOP: Dusty Hill Will Rise Again


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We haven't heard the last from ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill, who passed away Wednesday in his sleep at the age of 72.

Speaking to Variety, Billy Gibbons says Hill sings lead on some of the songs on the new album the band has been working on.

"I handed Dusty a couple of lyric sheets and I said, 'Hey, see if you can make heads or tails out of this.' He said, 'Can I sing it?' I said, 'Dusty, you could sing the calendar if you wanted to — people would love it.' He goes, 'Hey, that’s not a bad idea. If we ever get back to go to work, can we add the calendar into the show? I know all the words.' I said, 'Get in there. Go sing.' So, yeah, we’ve got a couple of things [with Dusty singing lead] that’ll make sense."

There's still no word on when they plan to finish or release the album.

ZZ will resume their tour tonight (Friday) in Tuscaloosa, Alabama with their longtime guitar tech Elwood Francis on bass.

Hill's funeral will be held next week.


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