The Texas band was on tour when it announced July 23 that Hill, who joined the band in 1970, was heading home "to address a hip issue." Per ZZ Top's Facebook page, Hill had said that "the show must go on," and so their guitar tech of 20 years, Elwood Francis, filled in to play slide guitar, bass, and harmonica. The band's statement noted at the time that they were expecting Hill to have a "speedy recovery" and to return to the band soon.
The band's U.S. tour is currently scheduled to run through the end of the year, with the final show set for Dec. 12 in Midland, Texas.
ZZ Top has landed seven albums on the Billboard 200's top 10: Tres Hombres at No. 8 in 1974, Fandango! at No. 10 in 1975, Eliminator at No. 9 in 1983, Afterburner at No. 4 in 1985, Recycler at No. 6 in 1990, Greatest Hits at No. 9 in 1992, and La Futura at No. 6 in 2012. ZZ Top received the Moonman for best group video for "Legs" at the first MTV Video Music Awards in September 1984. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. They received three Grammy nominations -- for their 1980s albums Eliminator and Afterburner (both nominated for best rock performance by a duo or group with vocal) and for their 2020 film That Little Ol' Band From Texas (best music film).