I have a long history with that “Little old band from Texas” and when I heard the news that their bass player, Dusty Hill had passed away yesterday, I was crushed. Last week we heard that the band had to postpone a show, after Dusty had a “medical issue”, we later learned he had hip surgery and was resting at home in Houston. The band even had their guitar tech fill in on a few dates, with the word that Dusty said, “the show must go on”. Now what?
I first discovered ZZ Top in 1975 when they released their Fandango album, one side of which was recorded live at a concert in Texas. I had no idea so much sound could come from a 3 peace band. Have you ever heard their live version of Elvis Presley’s Jailhouse Rock? You better be sitting down. It’s that heavy.
Around that same time, I met John and Tim Tulucci at Lake Worth high school, along with Frank Axtell. They had a three piece band named Thrush, and they could play ZZ like nobody’s business…BUT..I could imitate Billy Gibbons, so somehow they let me sing with them, launching a 40 year career of me singing ZZ Top songs with all sorts of different bands ! In fact here I am with Jason Bonham and Joe Bonamossa at the iHeart theater doing, Waiting for the bus/Jesus Just Left Chicago :
When my longtime radio partner, Young Ron Brewer turned 50, I threw him a birthday party, and ZZ Top played, maybe you were at the Hard Rock Live that night?
Will the band go on? I hope so...they’re on tour now, and are scheduled to play multiple dates in Florida this fall. Here’s my top ten ZZ songs, in no particular order:
- Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings
- Waiting’ For The Bus/Jesus Just Left Chicago
- Heard It On The X
- Just Got Paid
- Arrested For Driving While Blind
- A Fool For Your Stockings
- I’m Bad I’m Nationwide
- Got Me Under Pressure
-Paul Castronovo; sad ZZ Top fan, radio guy.