Billy Gibbons discusses how late bassist Dusty Hill will be included on ZZ Top’s next record.
According to Billy Gibbons, late bassist Dusty Hill will be featured on ZZ TOP’s upcoming album, which might be released as early as Christmas.
ZZ Top’s bassist, who had been with the band for nearly 50 years, died in his sleep last week. However, it was Dusty Hill’s wish that the show go on, and guitar tech Elwood Francis has been filling in for him in recent live shows both before and after his death. Apart from shows, ZZ Top has been hard at work on their first new record in nearly a decade.
Following Dusty’s untimely passing, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top spoke with Variety.
The 71-year-old revealed that they had been examining a few of raw tracks that were starting to come together in the last few months.
When asked how far they’d gotten with the late bassist on the album, Billy replied, “It’s going to require some completion work.”
“I think it was fate that I handed Dusty a couple of lyric sheets and said, ‘Hey, see if you can make heads or tails out of this.’”
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“He said, ‘Can I sing it?'” Billy continued. ‘Dusty, if you wanted to, you could sing the calendar — people would love it,’ I added.
“Hey, that’s not a bad idea,” he says. Can we include the calendar into the performance when we return to work? All of the words are familiar to me.’
‘Get in there,’ I said. ‘Go ahead and sing.’ So, yeah, we’ve got a few of ideas that will make sense [with Dusty singing lead].”
“The last laugh has yet to be heard,” Billy remarked of ZZ Top’s first album since 2012’s La Futura, in an interview with Classic Rock in May.
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“While we were working on [my new solo album]Hardware, I was sending roughs that might not have been appropriate for that, but were definitely appropriate for the ZZ thing,” Billy explained.
“It’s time for me to tiptoe out of Hardware and back into ZZ, which is currently in progress.”
The ZZ Top frontman wouldn’t say when the new album would be released, but he did say, “If it was this year, it would be.” Brinkwire Summary News