Sunglasses, a long beard and a bass guitar are on hand. So Dusty Hill stood on stage for many years and shook the stages of this world. Hill has now passed away at the age of 72.
“We are saddened by today’s news that our friend Dusty Hill has passed away in his sleep at his home in Houston, Texas,” other band members Billy Gibbons (71) and Frank Bird (72) shared on ZZ Top on Wednesday with. At first there was no more information.
ZZ Top was founded in the summer of 1969 in Houston/Texas. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the old blues masters in 2019, Hills and Gibbons’ long beards have long been trademarks of cult musicians—just like the band’s signature guitar tracks. “Some people wear fake beards to camouflage, unfortunately we couldn’t,” Hill joked in an interview. “Wherever you go, you immediately attract a crowd.”
Update their rock sound with synthesizer
The biggest turning point in their career came in the 1980s when Gibbons first tried out an all-new Fairlight synthesizer. After the first electronic trials on the only moderately successful “El Loco” (1981), ZZ Top hit a milestone two years later – but not everyone liked it.
They updated their rock sound with synthesizers, drum machines and sequencers, reinvented themselves and in 1983 released the powerful, pulsating “eliminator”. Die Hard Blues fans accused the group of treason. But the sales figures prove correct. “Eliminator” remains the most commercially successful album of Little Ol’ Band From Texas. (SDA/JM)
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