New details have been revealed about the shoulder injury ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill suffered prior to the band’s concert last Thursday in Lubbock, Texas. It turns out that Hill fractured his shoulder, and the Texas trio has now postponed all of its shows through a planned May 7 performance in Atlanta.
In a statement, ZZ Top manager Carl Stubner reports that Hill’s injury occurred when he tripped while preparing to go on stage at the Lone Star Events Center in Lubbock.
“It was very dark back there and the step — really a half-step — wasn’t lit so there’s no way he could’ve seen it,” explains Stubner. “We found out that others had missed it and stumbled earlier in the day. Maybe some strategic lighting could’ve prevented this, but that’s water under the bridge.”
He adds, “What’s important now is that Dusty and his medical team to do what’s necessary for a complete recovery.”
Meanwhile, Hill says, “My physicians told me that this type of injury is usually associated with contact sports. I’m not sure bass-playing qualifies as such but they’re doing their best to get me back in the game as soon as possible.”
The 66-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also thanks fans for sending well-wishes, adding, “We’re determined to enjoy a speedy recovery and to see you soon!”
The band has announced that it will be rescheduling the Atlanta show, as well as concerts in Shreveport and Lake Charles, Louisiana; Biloxi, Mississippi; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Augusta, Georgia; and Sarasota and Naples, Florida.
ZZ Top’s next scheduled gig is a joint May 28 show with Jimmy Buffett at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Keep checking ZZTop.com for the latest updates regarding the band’s 2016 tour itinerary.
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