Rock fans have seen the loss of musicians from two iconic bands over the summer.
Dusty Hill, ZZ Top’s bassist for over 50 years, died at the end of July at the age of 72. Hill was suffering from a hip injury and, two performances on ZZ Top’s North American tour, decided to leave to see a doctor. He requested that the band’s longtime guitarist Elwood Francis replace the bassist during his absence.
In an interview with Variety magazine, the band’s guitarist, Billy Gibbons, repeated what Dusty had said before he left for Texas: âThe show has to go on. After Hill’s death on July 28, Gibbons confirmed that Francis would take on the role of bassist in the band.
Almost 60-year-old Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts died on August 24 in a London hospital at the age of 80. According to his spokesperson, Watts had undergone an unnamed but successful medical procedure, and his doctors had advised him to sit the next tour of the group to allow him to rest.
At Watts’ request, Steve Jordan stepped in as the band’s drummer for their No Filter tour. Jordan was part of a side project that Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was doing.
Famous rock ‘n’ roll bands that have been around for decades like ZZ Top and the Rolling Stones are reaching the point where their members age and disappear.
Ultimately, their music will live on. But seeing them live will not be the same.