ZZ Top Tour On Hold
Too old to rock and roll? Hip injury puts ZZ Top concert tour on hold — again
Let's be honest: You never want to admit that you're favorite musicians are getting "too old." Whether it's 71-year-old Mick Jagger, 72-year-old Paul McCartney or 67-year-old Iggy Pop, you want them to go on playing their music and bounding around the stage as they always have.
Unfortunately, ZZ Top's Dusty Hill may have finally reached the age where continuing to perform live isn't exactly a walk in the park.
This isn't the first time Hill's health has caused tour delays for the group — not even this year.
The 65-year-old bassist and co-lead vocalist for Houston's iconic bluesy rock band apparently slipped and severely injured his hip while aboard the group's tour bus on Tuesday night, according to a press release from LiveNation. As a result of Hill's injury, which reportedly required immediate medical attention, ZZ Top's tour dates through Sept. 13 have been temporarily suspended until further notice, including the band's Sept. 12 performance at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.
Although all of the band's August dates have been canceled — Jeff Beck, ZZ Top's opener, will still perform on those dates — LiveNation indicated that ticket holders for the six suspended performances between Sept. 6 and 13 "should retain their tickets pending the possibility of rescheduling these concerts."
This isn't the first time Hill's health has caused tour delays for the group — not even this year. ZZ Top's 2014 tour was supposed to kick off in late July, but Hill required surgery to remove two kidney stones and subsequently needed several weeks to recover. At that time, the tour was rescheduled to begin on Aug. 8.
Since that date, the band played 13 shows before Hill's unfortunate hip injury on Aug. 26.
"Yes, a bit of a temporary setback for the Dust, however, he's patched up and on the way to the mend," guitarist Billy Gibbons said in an email Thursday, according to USA Today. "He'll do well to favor the hip for the four- to five-week period to fully recover, allowing the return to the touring trail. Our disappointment in sidelining the tour with Jeff Beck will be short as the move to reschedule the appearance dates is already in motion."
If Gibbons estimate on Hill's recovery time is accurate, it looks like ZZ Top's performance in The Woodlands isn't likely to be rescheduled for several months.