Despite the death of longtime singer and bassist Dusty Hill in July, ZZ Top followed Hill’s orders that the show must go on.

The band enlisted longtime guitar tech Elwood Francis to fill Hill’s shoes and took the stage Nov. 6 at Key West’s Coffee Butler Amphitheater, beards and all, for a concert presented by Rams Head.

Francis had been clean shaven for decades, but started growing his beard during the pandemic, long before he knew he’d be on stage with the iconic band.

The Key West concert also featured a surprise performance by Kid Rock, who was in town at the time, and performed “Tush” with ZZ Top as a final encore.

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