Bernie Taupin has paid homage to Dusty Hill, who died earlier this week.
His Instagram page says: ''Impossible to replace. As a huge ZZ Top fan, I am heartbroken to hear about the sudden passing of the bad assed bass player with the boogie shuffle. R.I.P. The great Dusty Hill.''
Bernie added that he'd ''miss his moves.''
In a Facebook post, guitarist Billy Gibbons and drummer Frank Beard said their bandmate died in his sleep. A cause of death wasn't disclosed, but on the 21st of July, it was announced that Hill was going off the road for a while to deal with ''a hip issue,'' and that longtime guitar tech, Elwood Francis, would fill in on bass, slide guitar and harmonica.
Others paying tribute included one of MTV's original veejays. ''Rock and roll has been stopped in its tracks,'' tweeted Martha Quinn.
Kiss vocalist Paul Stanley said the 72-year-old was ''always a gentleman from the days of us opening for them through the recent days of them opening for us.''
David Coverdale was very sad to hear the news, and thought that the Texan had ''a beautiful soul'' while Joe Bonamassa stated: ''You were a one of a kind legend and a kind and gentle soul.''
Flea called Dusty ''a true rocker who laid it down deep and real.''
Gilby Clarke wrote of the musician's ''great sense of humour and ability to hold down the low end of ZZ Top with a growl,'' while Lita Ford tweeted: ''Deepest sympathy to the ZZ Top family. 'Great artists never die!' ''
Morgan Fairchild said she was ''devastated,'' adding: ''We knew each other since high school, when my then-boyfriend was the drummer in one of Dusty's early bands with his brother, Rocky. Spent many an evening at those early gigs together.''
John Fogerty also felt ''devastated'' upon learning of his colleague's passing.
''We were so blessed to share the stage with the great Dusty and ZZ Top many times, and if that wasn't Rock and Roll Heaven, I don't know what is. The show we did together just last week would be his last. So heartbreaking.''