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Dusty Hill death – Billy Gibbons introduces Elwood Francis as ZZ Top take to stage for first time since bassist tragedy

ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill has died after suffering hip issues — but his band member Billy Gibbons said the "show must go on" as the bassist will be replaced with Elwood Francis.

Speaking to Variety on Thursday afternoon, Gibbon's said: "The show must go on. Don’t forget it."

Elwood Francis is taking Hill's place as ZZ Top's guitarist, copying Hill's iconic beard as well.

Gibbon's interview comes as the remaining ZZ Top band members will resume their tour on Friday, Variety reported.

The 72-year-old rock icon passed away in his sleep at his home in Houston, Texas, the band confirmed on Wednesday.

Hill recently suffered from a hip injury that forced him to drop out of several shows over the past week. However, it is not clear if that is related to his sudden death.

Read our Dusty Hill live blog for the latest news and updates...

  • DUSTY HILL'S NET WORTH

    According to Celebrity Net Worth, Hill had an estimated net worth of $60 million.

    His extensive worth comes from his career as a musician.

    In the United States alone, ZZ Top has sold over 25 million albums over the years.

    Their best-selling album is Eliminator that was released in March 1983, the album contains five hit singles that the band still performs today.

  • STEVE MILLER BAND SHARES MESSAGE AFTER HILL'S DEATH

    The Steve Miller Band tweeted out in honor of Dusty Hill following his death.

    The band wrote: "We know the new ZZ TOP will be inspirational, sensational, brilliant and different and that’s the way it's gotta be but we will always love the original ZZ TOP.. so long Dusty."

  • RICK NIELSEN TWEETS TRIBUTE

    Rick Nielsen, the singer-songwriter and lead guitarist of Cheap Trick, tweeted out a tribute and a video montage of pictures of himself with ZZ Top members.

  • BLACK SABBATH GUITARIST PAYS TRIBUTE

    Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi paid tribute to Dusty Hill, saying he will be "greatly missed".

  • ZZ TOP'S ALABAMA CONCERT

  • TUSCALOOSA NEWS SHARES PHOTOS FROM ZZ TOP CONCERT

    ZZ Top performed in Alabama on Friday days after the passing of Dusty Hill.

  • GIBSON GUITARS PAYS TRIBUTE

    Gibson - an American manufacturer of guitars - also paid tribute to the late Dusty Hill.

  • FLEA PAYS TRIBUTE

    Flea, the bassist and founding member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, paid tribute to the late Dusty Hill.

  • FAN RECALLS MEETING DUSTY HILL

    A fan of Dusty's recalled meeting him in the 90s when he served him at an event.

    "I didn't want to fan out, so I asked for his ID as he came to the counter. Both times, he kind of glanced at me over his sunglasses & beard with a look of 'Are you KIDDING?'"

  • WHO ARE DUSTY HILL'S CHILDREN?

    At the time of his death, the legendary bassist was married to his long-time girlfriend, Charleen McCrory.

    Despite McCrory and Hill's decade-plus long relationship, the two never had children together.

    However, Hill had a daughter, Charity Hill, from a previous relationship before his rock and roll days.

  • WAS DUSTY HILL MARRIED?

    Since 2002, Hill was married to Charleen McCrory.

    McCrory is a former actress who starred in the 1996 film Alien Vows.

    After a decade-long relationship, the two married in Houston, TX.

    McCrory is known for staying out of the spotlight despite her high-profile relationship and not much information is available on her.

  • BOOTSY COLLINS: DUSTY WAS A 'LEGEND OF THE ROCK & ROLL EMPIRE'

    Musician Bootsy Collins paid tribute to the late star.

    "We lost another loving Giant legend of the Rock & Roll Empire, Mr. Dusty Hill," Collins wrote.

  • BANDMATES’ STATEMENT ON DUSTY HILL’S PASSING

    “We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX,” bandmates Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard wrote in a statement.

    “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,’” Gibbons and Beard continued.

    “We will forever be connected to that ‘Blues Shuffle in C.’ You will be missed greatly, amigo.”

  • KISS SINGER PAUL STANLEY CALLED DUSTY HILL AN ICON

    KISS singer Paul Stanley paid tribute to Dusty Hill as well.

    "I don’t know what to say but 'Thank you' and 'Rest however you damn well choose!'" Stanley tweeted.

  • FANS SHARED PHOTOS FROM ALABAMA CONCERT

    One fan commented on a ZZ Top member's furry guitar.

  • GIBBONS TALKED ABOUT 'WATERWORKS' AFTER HILL'S DEATH

    Gibbons also talked about the waves of emotions he felt after Hill passed.

    "I had a couple of moments with the waterworks coming and going, and I really felt a sense of relief. I said, 'Gee whiz, maybe I am human after all.'

    "This is coming from a very deep and glorious place, with respect to knowing that after 50 years with the guy, we were all joined at — no pun intended — joined at the hip.

    "But knowing that we can take his wishes forward and give him all due respect… You know, he was adamant. He said, 'I’m going to go down and see what’s up. In the meantime,' he said, 'the show must go on. Don’t forget it.' And he was pointing his finger and shaking it," Gibbons recalled.

  • GIBBONS SPOKE ON DUSTY HILL'S CAUSE OF DEATH

    Gibbons was also asked about Dusty Hill's cause of death, and he said it seems the star just died in his sleep.

    "That’s about all they can determine. Let’s face it, you don’t necessarily pass away from a broken shoulder or broken hip. Although the attending physician had earlier warned him that bursitis was not uncommon, even arthritis, and they said it’s not a very comfortable place to be.

    "And I could tell that he was moving a little slow. He said, 'Boy, this shoulder and hip are really starting to become a problem.' But, as of this juncture, yeah, it was off to dreamland and beyond," Gibbons said.

  • 'ROUGH GO WITH BROKEN SHOULDER AND BROKEN HIP'

    Gibbons went on to say that Hill did the first two dates of the tour with the band before taking some time off to focus on his health.

    "Well, it’s no secret that over the past few years he had a pretty rough go with a broken shoulder, followed with a broken hip. And he had some problems with some ulcers.

    "So he’s been kind of tiptoeing through keeping himself ship-shape, best he could. But I think that this was a real challenge. And by throwing in the towel, it might’ve caught up with him. Who knows?"

  • ZZ TOP'S BILLY GIBBONS TALKS ABOUT DUSTY HILL'S 'SUDDEN' DEATH

    On Thursday, Variety spoke with Billy Gibbons, one of the remaining members of ZZ Top.

    “Passing through the grieving process, I can tell you it’s no less than anyone else that loses a good friend or a close associate. And at the same time, knowing that this came up so suddenly — going to bed and not waking up… That was the luck of the draw. He was in, and he was out," Gibbons said.

  • ZZ TOP PLAYED IN TUSCALOOSA ON FRIDAY

    Fans posted pictures and videos from Friday's ZZ Top concert.

  • FAN POSTED PICS FROM ALABAMA CONCERT

    Fans of ZZ Top posted pictures from the Alabama concert on Friday.

    "It was a great show!" one fan wrote.

  • ZZ TOP PORTRAIT

    The members of ZZ Top posed backstage at the Metro Center in Rockford, Illinois in 1984.

    Pictured are, from left, Dusty Hill, Billy Gibbons, and Frank Beard. 

  • PHOTOS OF ZZ TOP'S FRIDAY CONCERT

    Tuscaloosa News shared a series of photos from ZZ Top's Friday concert.

  • DUCK DYNASTY STAR REMEMBERS DUSTY HILL

    Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson told Fox News on Thursday about how Dusty Hill’s passing has led him to recount the past.

    Thinking about their last encounter, Robertson said: “Our beards bowed down when we got in their presence because they had been running that look way longer than we had, that’s for sure.

    “When I was with them a couple of years ago, they were heading off to Europe to play for like two months or something, it was crazy.

    “And I was thinking at the time, not a lot of people have their 70th birthday and then take off to Europe to keep working and keep doing what they love to do.

    “And it’s just a tribute to him and their lives, their passion and what they had. They had something good and they kept it together, kept the look, kept everything.”

  • HOW OLD WAS DUSTY HILL?

    ZZ Top's Dusty Hill, the long-bearded bassist for the million-selling Texas blues rock trio known for such hits as Legs and Gimme All Your Lovin', died this week.

    He was 72.

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