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Dusty Hill Replacement Has Epic Beard

Musicians Dusty Hill (L) and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top perform onstage during day two of 2015 Stagecoach, California's Country Music Festival, at The Empire Polo Club on April 25, 2015 in Indio, California.
(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Stagecoach)

ZZ Top is going to continue to tour following the death of Dusty Hill. Elwood Francis, a long-time guitar tech, will be replacing Hill and as luck would have it, he has a pretty epic beard.

Frontman Billy Gibbons explained, “When the lockdown was imminent, we all gathered for a band meeting, before things got too fierce. And I said, ‘Dusty, it looks like we’re not going to be able to go do much or go anywhere. What do you plan to do?’ And he said, ‘Well, I’ll tell you what I’m not going to do. And that’s cut the lawn. I’m not going to cut the grass.’”

Gibbons said he wouldn’t cut the grass either and Francis, who was also in the meeting, said, “Well, if you guys aren’t going to cut the grass, I’m not going to cut my whiskers.” And he hasn’t ever since! 

The band says Hill, who passed away this week, wanted them to go on without him.

Would you go see ZZ Top with their new bassist or are they a band that needs all the original members?


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