ZZ Top Announces 2022 US Tour Without Dusty Hill
ZZ Top announced on their official Instagram account that their 2022 US tour would begin at the beginning of May and finish through the end of August. This time, the band will hit the road without their late member, Dusty Hill.
Bassist Dusty Hill passed away on July 28, 2021, at the age of 72. In 2014, Hill injured his hip when he fell on the band’s tour bus, which led the band to cancel some shows. He underwent surgery, but the problem with his hip continued. Thus, he had to leave the tour due to his ongoing health issue in 2021.
Upon Hill’s request, the band replaced him with their long-time guitar tech, Elwood Francis. Although the official cause of his death wasn’t revealed, it is thought to result from his ongoing health problems. The bassist had already recorded for ZZ Top’s upcoming album before his death, and as the band announced, the album named ‘Raw’ will be released on July 22, 2022.
The band decided to dedicate the album to their late band member, Dusty Hill. Besides the new album, the band will also embark on an extensive US tour in the spring and summer of 2022 without Hill. The first leg of the ‘Raw Whisky Tour‘ will start on May 27, 2022, in San Diego, California, and end on August 27, in Beaver Dam, Kentucky. More dates will also be announced very soon.
ZZ Top’s tour dates follow:
“May 06 – Niagara Falls, ON – Fallsview Casino Resort
May 29 – Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheatre
June 01 – Redding, CA – Redding Civic Auditorium
June 02 – Saratoga, CA – The Mountain Winery
June 05 – Jacksonville, OR – Britt Pavilion
June 07 – Bend, OR – Hayden Homes Amphitheater
June 08 – Walla Walla, WA – Wine Country Amphitheater
June 09 – Spokane, WA – First Interstate Center for the Arts
June 12 – Billings, MT – MetraPark – First Interstate Arena
June 14 – Grand Junction, CO – Las Colonias Park Amphitheater
June 17 – Tucson, AZ – Casino Del Sol’s AVA Amphitheater
June 19 – Colorado Springs, CO – Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts
June 21 – Loveland, CO – Budweiser Events Center
June 22 – Grand Island, NE – Fonner Park – Heartland Events Center
June 24 – Park City, KS – Hartman Arena
June 25 – Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheatre
June 26 – Little Rock, AR – First Security Amphitheater
June 29 – Rogers, AR – Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion
July 01 – Toledo, OH – Toledo Zoo & Aquarium – Amphitheater
July 02 – Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
July 05 – Fort Wayne, IN – Foellinger Theater
July 09 – Greenville, WI – Greenville Lion’s Park
July 22 – Boston, MA – Leader Bank Pavilion
July 23 – Watertown, NY – Watertown Fairgrounds Baseball Diamond
August 27 – Beaver Dam, KY – Beaver Dam Amphitheater”
You can check out the photos they posted on their Instagram account below.