Clips & Pix: ZZ Top/Tush

I’m still somewhat in disbelief about the sudden death of Dusty Hill at age 72, which was announced earlier today on ZZ Top’s website. According to the statement, Hill who had been the band’s bassist for more than 50 years died in his sleep. No cause of death was given.

Not surprisingly, word has spread quickly, and multiple media outlets like The Associated Press, USA Today, CNN and Rolling Stone, have already reported the sad news. I received a push notification on my phone to the aforementioned CCN story late this afternoon while being at work.

Referring to another statement on ZZ Top’s website from last week, CNN reported that Hill recently had been sidelined due a hip issue and that at Hill’s request, the band’s longtime guitar technician Elwood Francis had stepped in, as this apparently all happened while the band was touring.

Instead of writing yet another obituary, I’d like to pay tribute to Hill with the above live clip of one of ZZ Top’s best known tunes: Tush. Not only is it one of my all-time favorite songs by the Texan rockers, but it also happens to feature Hill as lead vocalist, a role typically taken by guitarist Billy Gibbons.

Tush, credited to Gibbons, Hill and drummer Frank Beard, is the final track of ZZ Top’s fourth studio album Fandango! from April 1975. It’s one of the tightest blues rockers I know and, as such, a perfect closer.

The final words of this post shall belong to ZZ Top. Here’s the statement from their website:

We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX. We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature, and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the ‘Top’. We will forever be connected to that “Blues Shuffle in C.”

You will be missed greatly, amigo.

Frank & Billy

Sources: Wikipedia; ZZ Top website; CNN; YouTube

10 thoughts on “Clips & Pix: ZZ Top/Tush”

  1. Christian this is so sad…I saw an article this morning saying the tour was pushing through although Dusty had the injury and his spot was taken by the guitar tech.
    They are probably the longest-running band with the same lineup ever.

    At least it was peaceful. I got to see them on the Eliminator tour…I’m just shocked. I have to wonder if the injury played a part…but it doesn’t matter.

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    1. It’s hard to believe. I had not heard of Hill’s latest hip injury but somewhere read he had ongoing hip issues.

      Perhaps touring had taken its toll. I can only imagine the physical challenges, especially as you get older.

      I saw ZZ Top once in May 2018, together with John Fogerty. While they played great songs, frankly, to me they came across as a bit distanced. John Fogerty was warm and outgoing, which made ZZ Top’s cool performance even more obvious.

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      1. Yea it’s not easy traveling v at that age. They must really have enjoyed playing a lot to tour at that age. We know they didn’t need the money. It’s a sad day for rock and roll…I cant believe they have been around for over 50 years.
        I feel bad for his family of course but also his band mates.

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    1. Yep. And it appears it all happened very suddenly.

      Every time a well known music artist of the older generation passes away, it makes me think how many other artists we love are well into their ’70s or even their ’80s.

      The next 5-10 years are going to be tough. Sadly, it’s inevitable. The only consolation is their music will remain.

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  2. Tush is probably about my fourth favorite ZZ Top song, although I think at one time it was my favorite.
    It probably goes like this now:
    Cheap Sunglasses
    Sharp Dressed Man
    La Grange, or Gimme All Your Lovin

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