Billy Gibbons Confirms ZZ Top’s Sound Changed After Dusty’s Passing

ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons sat down with Rock Legends Cruise in the Royal Theater for a public interview, where he reminisced about the change in the sound of the band after the passing of his bandmate, Dusty Hill.

When asked where the band is in terms of a future album, Gibbons responded:

“Very good point. Someone said ‘Gee whiz. ZZ sound has remained the same.’ It’s slightly different in the fact that it’s become perhaps a little more focused and sharper. Dusty, as most folks know, played with his fingers. Elwood being a guitarist as well as a bass player, prefers to use a pick, which of course does make a little more sharp attack. It’s an interesting difference to see everything contained in the same manner with kind of an exciting new sharpness. And Frank, I don’t know what he’s doing.”

When asked if he would ever consider getting back to the studio to finish the recorded songs, he replied:

“If we can ever get off of this boat.”

Will ZZ Top Keep Performing?

In June 2023, Gibbons reminisced about Hill in an interview with Louder Sound, portraying him as both a bandmate and a family member whose impact on ZZ Top continues to resonate. By Hill’s wishes, Elwood Francis stepped in to fill the void, a transition that paid tribute to Hill’s legacy and injected a new energy into the band. Moreover, Gibbons played a crucial role in organizing a tribute for Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd. He previously shared that, following Rossington’s passing, he was approached to assist in putting together a tribute at the CMT Awards.

Despite losing an original member back in 2021 due to declining health, the band seemingly will keep playing under the name ZZ Top. Additionally, the rockers have started performing on new dates with Lynyrd Skynyrd. The tour, kicked off in Savannah, Georgia, on March 8, and is featuring special guests, Black Stone Cherry and the Outlaws.

You can watch the interview below.