ZZ Top Will Continue to Perform Without Dusty Hill

ZZ Top front man Billy Gibbons says the show will go on without bassist Dusty Hill

One day after the Hill passed away at the age of 72, the band assured fans that the music will continue.

“As Dusty said upon his departure, ‘Let the show go on!’ And… with respect, we’ll do well to get beyond this and honor his wishes,” reports Variety. “Dusty emphatically grabbed my arm and said, ‘Give Elwood the bottom end and take it to the Top.’ He meant it, amigo. He really did.”

The band is scheduled to perform this Friday in Alabama.

In a statement released just after the news broke of Hill’s death, the band wrote: “We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX,” they said then in a statement. “We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the ‘Top,’ We will forever be connected to that ‘Blues Shuffle in C.’ You will be missed greatly, amigo.”