Sonic Reducers | ZZ Top Bassist Dusty Hill, RIP

The veteran musician has died at age 72. We have something to say about that.

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It’s a sad day for ZZ Top fans: Dusty Hill died today in his sleep at home at age 72, a few days after leaving the band’s ongoing tour, reportedly to take care of a medical issue involving his hip.

Along with being the long-serving band’s founding bassist, Hill also sang several of the group’s hits, including their breakthrough single Tush. Is this the end of ZZ Top? Should it be? Eric Alper and I ponder these questions and plenty more in today’s edition of Sonic Reducers. Join us as we mourn Hill’s death, celebrate the band’s colourful and influential career, ponder their future, and marvel at the unusual day job Dusty got when the group when on hiatus in the ’70s. Sonic Reducers: One topic. Two music nerds. Five minutes. Everything you need to know. RIP, Dusty.