ZZ Top Bassist Dusty Hill, 72, Struggled While Performing Before His Death

Dusty Hill passed away in his sleep last week at the age of 72.

The rocker, a founding member of the legendary 1970s rock group ZZ Top, had health problems before he died.

And according to footage obtained by TMZ, the Texas native had to sit down at a recent gig with his band. After the set, the star was helped off the stage.

He was not doing well: Dusty Hill died in his sleep last week at the age of 72. The rocker had health problems before he died because he injured his hip. And according to footage obtained by TMZ, the Texas resident had to sit down at a recent performance

The performance was with his bandmates Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard on July 18 at the Iroquois Amphitheater in Louisville, Kentucky.

Hill sat on a large speaker throughout the show and had to be helped off the stage, according to the site.

Hill had to abort subsequent ZZ Top shows due to a hip injury.

At the time, the band said its longtime guitar tech, Elwood Francis, would fill in on bass, slide guitar, and harmonica.

Onstage: The performance was with his bandmates Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard on July 18 at the Iroquois Amphitheater in Louisville, Kentucky;  seen in 2019

Onstage: The performance was with his bandmates Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard on July 18 at the Iroquois Amphitheater in Louisville, Kentucky; seen in 2019

It is unknown if his death is related to his recovery from the injury.

This video surfaced after ZZ Top paid tribute to Hill at their first concert since his death.

Dusty was recognized by guitarist Gibbons as the rockers of Sharp Dressed Man on Friday in Alabama.

Billy explained how Dusty had wanted the band to continue playing and introduced his replacement Elwood Francis to the audience.

A Tribute: This video surfaced after ZZ Top paid tribute to Hill at their first concert since his death.  Dusty was recognized by guitarist Gibbons as the rockers of Sharp Dressed Man on Friday in Alabama.  Stock photo from 2015

A Tribute: This video surfaced after ZZ Top paid tribute to Hill at their first concert since his death. Dusty was recognized by guitarist Gibbons as the rockers of Sharp Dressed Man on Friday in Alabama. Stock photo from 2015

After the opening melody, he said to the audience, “We’re going to have a good time here tonight.

“I have a new man here, as you know. Dusty gave me the directive. My friend, your mate, Elwood Francis is going to hold him behind me.’

Later on in the show, Gibbons added, “How about that Elwood ripping that bum for Dusty over there.”

Dusty was forced to stop some shows in the US a few weeks ago after sustaining a hip injury and earlier this week it was confirmed that he had died in his sleep in Texas.

Hard to share:

Hard to share: “We are saddened by the news today that our compadre, Dusty Hill, passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX,” the note began.

The three of us: Their signature was a very long beard of two of the band members, Hill and Gibbons.  From left: Gibbons, Beard and Hill in 2016

The three of us: Their signature was a very long beard of two of the band members, Hill and Gibbons. From left: Gibbons, Beard and Hill in 2016

Billy admits that the “waterworks (have) come and go” since Dusty’s passing, but spoke of the musician’s desire to see the group—which includes Frank Beard—continue.

The 71-year-old rocker said: “I had a few moments with the waterworks coming and going, and I really felt a sense of relief. I said, “Gosh, maybe I’m human after all.” This comes from a very deep and glorious place, regarding the knowledge that after 50 years with the man we were all together – no pun intended – at the hip.

“But knowing that we can carry out his wishes and give him all the respect… You know, he was adamant. He said, “I’m going down to see what’s going on. In the meantime, the show must go on. Don’t forget.” And he pointed his finger and shook it.’

Hill is seen to the left of bandmate Billy Gibbons during a performance in Paris in 2012

Hill is seen to the left of bandmate Billy Gibbons during a performance in Paris in 2012

The news of his death was shared by his bandmates last week.

“We are saddened by the news today that our compadre, Dusty Hill, passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX,” the note began.

“We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, good character and enduring dedication to giving that monumental bottom to the ‘Top’.

“We will be forever connected to that Blues Shuffle in C. You will be greatly missed, amigo.”

Born Joe Michael Hill in Dallas, he, Gibbons, and Beard formed ZZ Top in Houston in the late 1970s.

As far as Dusty distances himself from recent shows, the band shared the news on social media.

The trio: The news was shared on Wednesday by his bandmates, Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard.  The image above shows the band in 1984. From left to right: Hill, Gibbons and Beard

The trio: The news was shared on Wednesday by his bandmates, Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard. The image above shows the band in 1984. From left to right: Hill, Gibbons and Beard

ZZ Top members Billy and Frank would like to share that Dusty, their intrepid bassist, is making a short detour to Texas to tackle a hip problem.

“They are waiting for a speedy recovery and will have him back immediately.”

Dusty goes way back with the band. He was one of the founding members of ZZ Top in 1969.

Hill was the lead bassist and secondary vocalist for the supergroup with the hit song Legs.

They became popular in the 70s and did very well in the 80s. Their signature was very long beards on two of the band members, Hill and Gibbons.

Tops: ZZ Top released Tres Hombres in 1973, which reached the number 8 position on the Billboard 200 album chart.  Their top hits were La Grange and Jesus Just Left Chicago.  The band can be seen above in this undated file photo.  From left: Beard, Gibbons and Hill

Tops: ZZ Top released Tres Hombres in 1973, which reached the number 8 position on the Billboard 200 album chart. Their top hits were La Grange and Jesus Just Left Chicago. The band can be seen above in this undated file photo. From left: Beard, Gibbons and Hill

Older Days: Hill of ZZ Top relaxes in the locker room after performing at the Georgia Southern College Coliseum in Statesboro, Georgia in 1973

Older Days: Hill of ZZ Top relaxes in the locker room after performing at the Georgia Southern College Coliseum in Statesboro, Georgia in 1973

Last week, the band announced on social media that Hill had a 'hip problem' forcing them to replace him on a recent show.

Last week, the band announced on social media that Hill had a ‘hip problem’ forcing them to replace him on a recent show.

ZZ Top released Tres Hombres in 1973, which reached number 8 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

Their top hits were La Grange and Jesus Just Left Chicago.

On their album Eliminator they had the huge hits Gimme All Your Lovin’ and Sharp Dressed Man as well as Legs.

ZZ Top’s discography counts 15 albums, several of which have won awards.

In 2004, ZZ Top was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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