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ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill has died after suffering hip issues — but his band member Billy Gibbons said the "show must go on" as the bassist’s funeral is expected to take place next week.

Speaking to Variety on Thursday afternoon, Gibbon's said: "The show must go on. Don’t forget it."

His interview comes as the remaining ZZ Top band members will resume their tour on Friday, Variety reported.

The 72-year-old rock icon passed away in his sleep at his home in Houston, Texas, the band confirmed on Wednesday.

Hill recently suffered from a hip injury that forced him to drop out of several shows over the past week. However, it is not clear if that is related to his sudden death.

Elwood Francis is taking Hill's place as ZZ Top's guitarist, copying Hill's iconic beard as well.

Read our Dusty Hill live blog for the latest news and updates...

GIBBONS TALKED ABOUT 'WATERWORKS' AFTER HILL'S DEATH

Gibbons also talked about the waves of emotions he felt after Hill passed.

"I had a couple of moments with the waterworks coming and going, and I really felt a sense of relief. I said, 'Gee whiz, maybe I am human after all.'

"This is coming from a very deep and glorious place, with respect to knowing that after 50 years with the guy, we were all joined at — no pun intended — joined at the hip.

"But knowing that we can take his wishes forward and give him all due respect… You know, he was adamant. He said, 'I’m going to go down and see what’s up. In the meantime,' he said, 'the show must go on. Don’t forget it.' And he was pointing his finger and shaking it," Gibbons recalled.

GIBBONS SPOKE ON DUSTY HILL'S CAUSE OF DEATH

Gibbons was also asked about Dusty Hill's cause of death, and he said it seems the star just died in his sleep.

"That’s about all they can determine. Let’s face it, you don’t necessarily pass away from a broken shoulder or broken hip. Although the attending physician had earlier warned him that bursitis was not uncommon, even arthritis, and they said it’s not a very comfortable place to be.

"And I could tell that he was moving a little slow. He said, 'Boy, this shoulder and hip are really starting to become a problem.' But, as of this juncture, yeah, it was off to dreamland and beyond," Gibbons said.

'ROUGH GO WITH BROKEN SHOULDER AND BROKEN HIP'

Gibbons went on to say that Hill did the first two dates of the tour with the band before taking some time off to focus on his health.

"Well, it’s no secret that over the past few years he had a pretty rough go with a broken shoulder, followed with a broken hip. And he had some problems with some ulcers.

"So he’s been kind of tiptoeing through keeping himself ship-shape, best he could. But I think that this was a real challenge. And by throwing in the towel, it might’ve caught up with him. Who knows?"

ZZ TOP'S BILLY GIBBONS TALKS ABOUT DUSTY HILL'S 'SUDDEN' DEATH

On Thursday, Variety spoke with Billy Gibbons, one of the remaining members of ZZ Top.

“Passing through the grieving process, I can tell you it’s no less than anyone else that loses a good friend or a close associate. And at the same time, knowing that this came up so suddenly — going to bed and not waking up… That was the luck of the draw. He was in, and he was out," Gibbons said.

FANS SHARED PHOTOS FROM ALABAMA CONCERT

One fan commented on a ZZ Top member's furry guitar.

ZZ TOP PLAYED IN TUSCALOOSA ON FRIDAY

Fans posted pictures and videos from Friday's ZZ Top concert.

FAN POSTED PICS FROM ALABAMA CONCERT

Fans of ZZ Top posted pictures from the Alabama concert on Friday.

"It was a great show!" one fan wrote.

'THE SHOW MUST GO ON' DUSTY HILL SAID

Gibbons told Variety that the band would play their Friday show after cancelling Wednesday's show.

"We did elect to postpone last night’s performance out of just respect and trying to get our wits together. I think everybody was relieved that we had a little bit of time to regroup and think things through.

"But at the same time, everybody was ready, standing on point. And they said, 'Come on. You heard Dusty’s directive as he was bowing out to go off the deck. He turned and pointed and he said, ‘Come on. The show must go on.'

"So here we are. Tomorrow night, we’ll kind of pick up sticks and carry it on. I may grab his stage hat and throw it over his microphone, and I’ll sing one for the Dust."

WHAT WAS DUSTY HILL'S CAUSE OF DEATH?

TMZ reported that his former bandmates, Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard, announced his death but did not reveal a specific cause.

"We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX. 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,'" they wrote.

"We will forever be connected to that "Blues Shuffle in C, you will be missed greatly, amigo."

WHAT WAS DUSTY HILL'S NET WORTH?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Hill had an estimated net worth of $60million.

His extensive worth comes from his career as a musician.

In the United States alone, ZZ Top has sold over 25 million albums over the years.

Their best-selling album is Eliminator that was released in March 1983, the album contains five hit singles that the band still performs today.

FOO FIGHTERS PAY TRIBUTE

On July 29, the Foo Fighters remembered ZZ Top's Dusty Hill following his death.

The band's drummer, Taylor Hawkins, was seen on stage wearing a T-shirt that read "Dusty RIP," NME reported.

ZZ Top confirmed that their bassist, Dusty Hill, had died in social media posts on Wednesday.

The devastating post was signed by Hill’s bandmates, Frank and Billy.

'LEGENDARY MUSICIAN'

Singer, songwriter Travis Tritt also took to Twitter to remember the late ZZ Top member.

He wrote: "Very sad to hear of the passing of @zztop bass player and co-lead singer Dusty Hill.

"Legendary musician and all around great dude that has gone too soon!

"He will be sorely missed. Deepest condolences to his family, friends and fans. #RIPDustyHill"

Very sad to hear of the passing of @zztop bass player and co-lead singer Dusty Hill. Legendary musician and all around great dude that has gone too soon! He will be sorely missed. Deepest condolences to his family, friends and fans. #RIPDustyHill pic.twitter.com/fTmXofqV9G

— Travis Tritt (@Travistritt) July 29, 2021

GIBBONS TALKED ABOUT 'WATERWORKS' AFTER HILL'S DEATH

Gibbons also talked about the waves of emotions he felt after Hill passed.

"I had a couple of moments with the waterworks coming and going, and I really felt a sense of relief. I said, 'Gee whiz, maybe I am human after all.'

"This is coming from a very deep and glorious place, with respect to knowing that after 50 years with the guy, we were all joined at — no pun intended — joined at the hip.

"But knowing that we can take his wishes forward and give him all due respect… You know, he was adamant. He said, 'I’m going to go down and see what’s up. In the meantime,' he said, 'the show must go on. Don’t forget it.' And he was pointing his finger and shaking it," Gibbons recalled.

GIBBONS SPOKE ON DUSTY HILL'S CAUSE OF DEATH

Gibbons was also asked about Dusty Hill's cause of death, and he said it seems the star just died in his sleep.

"That’s about all they can determine. Let’s face it, you don’t necessarily pass away from a broken shoulder or broken hip. Although the attending physician had earlier warned him that bursitis was not uncommon, even arthritis, and they said it’s not a very comfortable place to be.

"And I could tell that he was moving a little slow. He said, 'Boy, this shoulder and hip are really starting to become a problem.' But, as of this juncture, yeah, it was off to dreamland and beyond," Gibbons said.

'ROUGH GO WITH BROKEN SHOULDER AND BROKEN HIP'

Gibbons went on to say that Hill did the first two dates of the tour with the band before taking some time off to focus on his health.

"Well, it’s no secret that over the past few years he had a pretty rough go with a broken shoulder, followed with a broken hip. And he had some problems with some ulcers.

"So he’s been kind of tiptoeing through keeping himself ship-shape, best he could. But I think that this was a real challenge. And by throwing in the towel, it might’ve caught up with him. Who knows?"

ZZ TOP'S BILLY GIBBONS TALKS ABOUT DUSTY HILL'S 'SUDDEN' DEATH

On Thursday, Variety spoke with Billy Gibbons, one of the remaining members of ZZ Top.

“Passing through the grieving process, I can tell you it’s no less than anyone else that loses a good friend or a close associate. And at the same time, knowing that this came up so suddenly — going to bed and not waking up… That was the luck of the draw. He was in, and he was out," Gibbons said.

WAS DUSTY HILL MARRIED?

Since 2002, Hill was married to Charleen McCrory.

McCrory is a former actress who starred in the 1996 film Alien Vows.

After a decade-long relationship, the two married in Houston, TX.

McCrory is known for staying out of the spotlight despite her high-profile relationship and not much information is available on her.

(L-R) Charleen McCrory, Dusty Hill, Billy Gibbons, Frank Beard

(L-R) Charleen McCrory, Dusty Hill, Billy Gibbons, Frank BeardCredit: AP:Associated Press

FOO FIGHTERS PAY TRIBUTE

On July 29, the Foo Fighters remembered ZZ Top's Dusty Hill following his death.

The band's drummer, Taylor Hawkins, was seen on stage wearing a T-shirt that read "Dusty RIP," NME reported.

ZZ Top confirmed that their bassist, Dusty Hill, had died in social media posts on Wednesday.

The devastating post was signed by Hill’s bandmates, Frank and Billy.

BANDMATES' STATEMENT ON DUSTY HILL'S PASSING

"We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX," bandmates Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard wrote 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,’” Gibbons and Beard continued.

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

BAND PREVIOUSLY DETAILED HILL’S HIP INJURY

Hill recently suffered from a hip injury that forced him to drop out of several shows over the past week.

At the time, the band let fans know about the change to their line-up, explaining that Elwood Francis, their longtime guitar tech, would be filling in for Dusty while he was out with his hip injury.

“The members of ZZ Top, Billy, and Frank, would like to share that Dusty, their fearless Bass player, is on a short detour back to Texas, to address a hip issue,” the statement said.

BOOTSY COLLINS: DUSTY WAS A 'LEGEND OF THE ROCK & ROLL EMPIRE'

Musician Bootsy Collins paid tribute to the late star.

"We lost another loving Giant legend of the Rock & Roll Empire, Mr. Dusty Hill," Collins wrote.

Danggit! We lost another loving Giant legend of the Rock & Roll Empire, Mr. Dusty Hill.🙏😧 Prayer's going out to his Family & Friends...Thx u for blessing us all with ur gifts. R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/ks06yMtwjq

— Bootsy Collins (@Bootsy_Collins) July 29, 2021

WHAT WAS DUSTY HILL’S NET WORTH?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Hill had an estimated net worth of $60million.

His extensive worth comes from his career as a musician.

In the United States alone, ZZ Top has sold over 25 million albums over the years.

Their best-selling album is Eliminator that was released in March 1983, the album contains five hit singles that the band still performs today.

KISS SINGER PAUL STANLEY CALLED DUSTY HILL AN ICON

KISS singer Paul Stanley paid tribute to Dusty Hill as well.

"I don’t know what to say but 'Thank you' and 'Rest however you damn well choose!'" Stanley tweeted.

WOW! Dusty Hill. What an icon. @ZZTop ’s bassist forever. So unique. Always a gentleman from the days of us opening for them through the recent days of them opening for us. I don’t know what to say but “Thank you” and “Rest however you damn well choose!” https://t.co/tHfjLy1xbj

— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) July 28, 2021

DUSTY WAS A JACK OF ALL MUSICAL TRADES

Joseph Michael “Dusty” Hill was an American musician, singer, and songwriter.

As one of the founding members of the band, Dusty was known as a jack of all trades as he played bass guitar, sang backing and lead vocals, and keyboards over the years.

BANDMATES’ STATEMENT ON DUSTY HILL’S PASSING

“We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX,” bandmates Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard wrote 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,’” Gibbons and Beard continued.

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

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