ZZ Top End Tonnage Tour Due to Dusty Hill Ailment

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The Little Ol’ Band From Texas announced today (Oct. 17) that they have “temporarily suspended” the remaining 2017 dates of their Tonnage tour, citing a “tummy ailment” to “cornerstone bass guitarist Dusty Hill.”

Shortly after 1:30 p.m. Central, ZZ Top posted this announcement on their Facebook page:

“Upcoming scheduled dates on ZZ Top’s current tour are temporarily suspended and are arranged for immediate rescheduling. ZZ’s cornerstone bass guitarist, Mr. Dusty Hill, is addressing a tummy ailment and is following a directive to lay low for the next few weeks. Whew!

The band rocks 2018 and to then blow it out in 2019 as they celebrate a big “50”…! Once-in-a-millennium.”

The group spent July touring Europe and the U.K. After a month off, they resumed touring North America on Aug. 24, typically playing five shows per week.

The band’s unchanged lineup of Hill, Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard released five albums between 1971 and 1976, including ZZ Top’s First Album, Rio Grande Mud, Tres Hombres, Fandango! and Tejas. It was still a few years before the trio became unlikely video stars thanks to MTV’s support of their 1980s run of hits.

Related: See which ZZ Top tune is on our list of 10 great driving songs

Watch the band perform one of their hits at a Sept. 30 concert for St. Louis FM rocker KSHE

The 2017 dates affected by the postponement:

Oct 15 – Baltimore, MD – Hippodrome Theatre
Oct 20 – Fayetteville, NC – Crown Theatre
Oct 21 – Richmond, VA – Altria Theater
Oct 24 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre
Oct 25 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre
Oct 27 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
Oct 28 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino
Oct 29 – Reading, PA – Santander Perf. Arts
Oct 31 – Morristown, NJ – Mayo PAC
Nov 01 – Greensburg, PA – Palace Theatre
Nov 04 – Norfolk, VA – Constant Convocation Center
Nov 05 – Charleston, SC – North Charleston PAC
Nov 07 – Savannah, GA – Johnny Mercer Theater
Nov 08 – Tallahassee, FL – The Pavillion
Nov 09 – Melbourne, FL – King Center for the Perf. Arts
Nov 12 – New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theater
Dec 29 – Thackerville, OK – Winstar Casino


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