Foo Fighters pay tribute to late ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill at Cincinnati show

L-R: Dusty Hill, Dave Grohl, Billy Gibbons; Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

When Foo Fighters performed in Cincinnati on Wednesday night, they took some time to pay tribute to ZZ Top bass player Dusty Hill, whose death at age 72 was announced a few hours before the band took the stage.

Drummer Taylor Hawkins wore a t-shirt reading “Dusty RIP” and, as a video that’s now been posted online shows, Hawkins also sang ZZ Top’s “Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers” during the band introduction part of the concert, after guitarist Chris Shiflett began playing the tune. Shiflett then kicked into the ZZ Top classic “La Grange,” although frontman Dave Grohl unsuccessfully struggled to remember the words.

“That’s all you’re gonna get,” he joked. “But that was for Dusty, everybody. Let’s give it up.”

Hill died in his sleep on Wednesday; a cause of death hasn’t been announced.  ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons has since said that the band plans to continue on.

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