We cant stop time can we. It is sad. in a band of three, and the iconic pair of Beards, replacing him will be a tough sell. However I shall also be the pragmatic one of the thread.
They will replace him with a hired gun. There are many "A" list players who also can sing who would fill in and do it as an honor. Why? Contractual obligation. Billy could carry the show on his own if wanted to just hire a backing band. He may have to go as Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, but would anyone really not go see him? Then there is also the fact that maybe Bill is sitting good due to his TV gigs and other stuff, Frank Probably could use the $$ as he is not getting any younger either.
Like it or not the reality is, The show Will Go on and it is a dollar driven endeavor. Lets face it, no one is looking to ZZ Top for fresh new music. (the last disk was "Meh" anyhow)
We all want to hear the classic songs we partied with (so this is first 4 disks and Eliminator). We may politely sit through something new, but when BEER DRINKERS AND HELL RAISERS, TUSH, FRANCINE, AND GIMMI ALL YOUR LOVING get broken out, THAT'S when when we let out the big yell and hands go in the air!
“Find your own sound. Dont be a second rateYngwie Malmsteen be a first rate you”
– George Lynch 2013 (Dokken, Lynchmob, KXM, Tooth & Nail etc....)