ZZ Top’s bassist hints at new album

By mbrooks on September 5, 2019
FILE – Musicians Dusty Hill (L) and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top perform onstage during day two of 2015 Stagecoach, California’s Country Music Festival, at The Empire Polo Club on April 25, 2015 in Indio, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Stagecoach)

By Matthew Brooks

ZZ Top is all about longevity. It has been playing for 4o years. It has kept the same band members throughout that time. Even their beards are long.

The band has a long list of studio albums, fifteen in total.

The last album was La Futura, released in 2012.

And there may be a sixteenth soon.

ZZ Top’s bassist, Dusty Hill, tells Ultimate Classic Rock that “there’s a good chance” the band will bring forth another album.

“We’ve got a lot in the can,” Hill says. “It depends on how we would want to put it together or redo it or whatever. Because it’s years of stuff. We just record everything, and then we go, ‘Well, no, this didn’t quite feel right, right now.'”

Few fans could complain about a band releasing material it has been sitting on until the band felt it got it right. Or, that’s what it sounds like Hill was suggesting.

“Since we did our own writing for so long, we’ll start writing a song, and one piece will kind of start standing out on its own and that turns into a separate song. So the original song was good, but we just discarded it to go on with the other one. Suffice to say, we’ve got a lot in the can and we keep talking about it.”

In the meantime, Hill could take up solo work. He probably couldn’t get away with working anonymously at an airport. That is just what he did during a band hiatus in the 1970s.

ZZ Top ascended to the ranks of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.



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