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ZZ Top will press on following the death of bassist Dusty Hill, at the request of Hill, himself.

In a statement from Billy Gibbons, he said, “As Dusty said upon his departure, ‘Let the show go on!’ And … with respect, we’ll do well to get beyond this and honor his wishes…Dusty emphatically grabbed my arm and said, ‘Give Elwood the bottom end and take it to the Top.’ He meant it, amigo. He really did.”

The Elwood mentioned in the statement is Elwood Francis, ZZ Top’s veteran guitar tech. Francis filled in for Hill on some recent ZZ Top gigs after Hill exited the tour. On July 23, the band said in a statement that Hill was “…on a short detour back to Texas, to address a hip issue.”

Hill died yesterday (July 28) in his sleep in his Houston, Texas home at the age of 72. An exact cause of death is not currently known.

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