What was originally thought to be a dislocated shoulder has turned out to be a broken one, forcing ZZ Top to postpone a series of dates.
Last Thursday, bass player Dusty Hill tripped coming off the tour bus in Lubbock, TX and fell just before the group was to take the stage. He was taken to the local hospital and the original diagnosis was a dislocated shoulder. In the days since, that has been downgraded to broken.
According to group management, all shows through May 7, which includes the ten cities listed below, will be rescheduled in the near future.
Carl Stubner, the band's manager, reported, "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 to do what's necessary for a complete recovery."
Dusty Hill, offered this comment, "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 to see you soon!"
The cities with postponed dates:
- Shreveport, LA
- Biloxi, MS
- Lake Charles, LA
- Chattanooga, TN
- Augusta, GA
- Atlanta, GA
- Sarasota, FL
- Naples, FL
- Clearwater, FL
- Shawnee, OK