ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons Says Dusty Hill Was Supportive Of His Solo Projects
ZZ Top founder Billy Gibbons opened up about his late friend and bandmate, Dusty Hill, and his ideas about Gibbons’ solo works. He highlighted that both Hill and Frank Beard always supported him throughout the whole process in his interview with Raised on Radio.
Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard became a perfect trio that inspired young generation musicians thanks to their iconic ZZ Top records. They continued to play for more than fifty years until Beard and Gibbons announced that Hill passed away in his sleep on July 28, 2021, without revealing the cause of his death. His longtime friends and bandmates stated that the bassist would always be missed by both them and their fans.
Following Hill’s death, some of their fans thought they would disband because they would struggle to find a person who could replace a bassist like Hill after many years of playing together. However, the remaining ZZ Top members unveiled that the late bassist wanted them to continue making music and hire their guitar technician Elwood Francis to replace him. So as it can be understood from Dusty Hill’s words, he always supported his friends.
During the conversation, Gibbons drew attention to Dusty Hill and Frank Beard’s endless support and encouragement while he was working on solo projects, especially his third solo studio album entitled ‘Hardware’ released on June 4, 2021, featuring former Guns N’ Roses’ drummer Matt Sorum. The singer added that they agreed to listen to his songs and share their thoughts and encouraged their bandmate to explore new things with his solo career.
Here’s what the host said:
“With over 50 years of making albums with ZZ Top under his belt. He’s found the relatively new experience of solo projects a chance to reset creatively.”
Gibbons responded as follows:
“The solo excursions do present an opportunity to enter that nether world of places that we’ve not experienced. It does offer a bit of refreshment, you kind of a go back to square one. I like the fact that Frank and Dusty are very supportive, saying ‘Hey, yeah go to work.’ I said, ‘Well, while I’m working, I’ll send you some ideas.’ They said, ‘Great.’ So in essence, the clock keeps ticking, and we still find our ways into enjoying that balance.”
You check out the interview below.