Like most, I’m pretty shocked and bummed out that we lost another one of the most important rock musicians… Dusty Hill… known as the bassist and founding member for blues rock band, ZZ Top. Dusty played bass in the band yes but he also sung some backup vocals and he even sung the lead in some ZZ Top songs.
ZZ Top is one of baddest rock bands on the planet, I’m definitely a fan and the funny thing is, I’ve been buying more of their albums lately. So far, I’ve got 6 of their albums in my music collection: “ZZ Top’s first Album”, “Tres Hombre”, “Afterburner”, “Eliminator”, “Deguello” and “La Futura”.
Dusty’s bass playig in the band was something special for sure…. an in the pocket player who knew how to groove. They were also one of the best live performers.
On stage, they were the type where they improvise and jam a lot so they never played their hits the same way twice. Even though Billy Gibbons just announced the band will continue on without Dusty, the band will no longer sound the same without Dusty, in my opinion ’cause Dusty is ZZ Top… he created the band’s signature sound. Dusty is irreplaceable. Sure, a different bass player could probably learn their hits note for note but someone else will not sound like Dusty. Dusty sounded like himself.
He’s gonna be missed for sure. Thanks for the badass playing, Dusty and RIP.
So I watched the ZZ Top documentary on Netflix over last weekend and it was a very well-made documentary. Freakin’ loved it actually. I’ve seen a lot of music documentaries and that one was one of the best ones I’ve seen. Very well filmed and well-directed. It’s just a short hour and a half long documentary that shows the life and career of three musicians known as ZZ Top.
I’ve been a fan of this band for a long time but don’t have too many albums by them, though. Watching that documentary made me want to get more of their music and I just purchased “Eliminator” and “Tres Hombre” albums from Itunes earlier today. Other albums I own by them are “La Futura” (their latest album they released in 2012) and “Deguello” (1979).
I’ve always respected this band so much and of course, it was MTV who helped put this band on the map ’cause they wouldn’t have survived in the industry for this long if it wasn’t for their music videos. A lot of iconic bands over the years have broken up ’cause they either had members that passed away or just wanted to retire but not ZZ Top. They are one band who had the same three guys for over 50 years and they are still going today. They are still going today… making records and still going on some pretty extensive tours too. Yes, they are aging but nothing is slowing these guys down.
They are another band who hasn’t changed their style and sound of music over the years. They’ve always had that tight blues rock sound every album. All three guys are talented as hell musicians. Billy is a great guitar player, Dusty is a great bassist and Frank is a great drummer. These guys play for real too… they play for real in the studio and live on stage. They don’t fake anything. When they play live concerts, there will be no miming to a recording. If you want proof of that, watch that documentary and you will see.
The band is currently on tour right now actually and their support act for this tour is Def Leppard (who I’m also a big fan of).
The question is when will ZZ Top release a new studio album? I think they will at some point but probably after the tour ’cause remember now bands release studio albums after a tour nowadays. I do love the band and I’ve always wanted to see the band myself but they aren’t coming in my area which is kind of a bummer.
Their documentary is worth watching and you should check it out. You don’t have to be a die-hard fan to watch it. It can be for newer fans. That documentary will help make you respect that band even more, trust me.
ZZ Top the legendary rockers known for their long bushy beards, weird custom made guitars, and their signature hand movements is planning to return to the studio to record their first album since 2003’s “Mescalero”. The band has signed a deal with Rick Rubin’s label American, the same label that Johnny Cash recorded in. The band is planning to go back to old school ZZ Top in the 80’s during the “La Grange” era.
Look like rock is trying to make a comeback to the mainstream. I hope so. I’m sick of pop music taking over mainstream.
ZZ Top rules. They were great back in the old days, hopefully they don’t dissapoint in the new album too. I always respected Billy Gibbons as a guitarist. He’s one of the most unique and underrated guitarist today.
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