ZZ Top postpone several US dates after bassist Dusty Hill suffers shoulder injury at Texas concert

Veteran rockers are due to play Glastonbury later this year

ZZ Top have postponed a series of concert dates after bassist Dusty Hill fractured his shoulder at a recent gig in Texas.

The band have pulled several US dates up to May 7 after he tripped before the band’s show at the Lone Star Events Center in Lubbock, last Thursday (April 14). There has been no word yet whether this will affect their forthcoming appearance at this year’s Glastonbury festival.

Carl Stubner, the band’s manager, said in a statement on their official website: “Dusty was suited up and ready to go when he tripped on a step while on his way to the stage for the start of Thursday’s show.  


“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. 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. What’s important now is that Dusty and his medical team do what’s necessary for a complete recovery.”

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Hill also added: “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.  Thanks to everyone for all the good wishes we’ve received. We’re determined to enjoy a speedy recovery and see you soon!”

Glastonbury runs this year at its traditional home of Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset from 22-26 June. Adele, Coldplay and Muse are set to headline the festival. Other acts on the bill include LCD Soundsystem, Beck, Foals, Sigur Ros, Chvrches, James Blake, PJ Harvey, New Order, Disclosure, Stormzy and Bring Me The Horizon.

They will be joined by Skepta, Ellie Goulding, The 1975, The Last Shadow Puppets, Grimes, Jake Bugg, Fatboy Slim, Guy Garvey, Madness, Wolf Alice, Bat For Lashes and more.