The live performance got here simply two days after the founding bassist handed away in his sleep. Although Hill’s loss of life was surprising, he had been coping with several ailments in current weeks, together with leg and shoulder accidents.
“’I feel I’m on account of go go to the doctor to see if I can bounce again,’” Billy Gibbons recalled Hill telling him on the time he stepped away from touring. The frontman defined to Variety that Hill was clear about who ought to take his place. “’Within the meantime, I need you to seize our guitar technician, Mr. Elwood (guitar tech Elwood Francis) and take him out of that tech station and strap him up with my guitar and make him keep on with each single word.’ And I stated, ‘Nicely, if that’s your needs, I’ll respect that.’”
Regardless of the circumstances, ZZ Prime appeared in good spirits throughout their Tuscaloosa set. The trio began the night with a rambunctious rendition of “Bought Me Underneath Strain,” after which Gibbons addressed the gang.
“We’re gonna have an excellent time in right here tonight,” the frontman proclaimed because the viewers welcomed him and the band with thunderous applause. “Bought a brand new man up right here, as you already know. Dusty gave me the directive. My good friend, your pal, Elwood Francis is gonna maintain it down behind me.”
From there, the long-lasting band launched right into a set that includes a few of the most beloved songs from their greater than 50 yr profession.
Hill remained an omnipresence all through the efficiency. At varied moments, Gibbons talked about his departed comrade, whereas additionally praising Francis’ musicianship. “How ‘bout that Elwood, tearing up that backside there for Dusty,” Gibbons declared at one level within the set. “I’m gonna inform ya, that beard is actual, of us,” the frontman joked, earlier than echoing the story of how Francis ended up with ZZ Prime-style facial hair courtesy of the pandemic.
The evening ended with ZZ Prime coming again for an encore made up of “Brown Sugar,” “La Grange” and “Tush.”
Try fan filmed movies from the efficiency beneath. ZZ Prime is scheduled to proceed touring into 2022.
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