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Atlanta Laid Back Festival postponed because of ZZ Top injury

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ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill injured himself during a concert in Lubbock, Texas, last week, which has resulted in the postponement of several upcoming dates.

Included is the band’s May 7 performance at Lakewood Amphitheatre as part of Gregg Allman’s Laid Back Festival. The Atlanta date will be postponed. More info on the new date will be available soon.

According to ZZ Top’s manager, Hill tripped on a step on his way to the stage at the Texas show and has undergone treatment for a fractured shoulder.

“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,” said manager Carl Stubner in a statement.

Hill added, "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!"

In 2014, ZZ Top postponed its Atlanta show after Hill took a misstep on the band’s tour bus and injured his hip. They returned for a performance with Jeff Beck in May 2015.

These are the cities impacted by Hill’s current injury:

Shreveport, LA

Biloxi, MS

Lake Charles, LA

Chattanooga, TN

Augusta, GA

Atlanta, GA

Sarasota, FL

Naples, FL

Clearwater, FL

Shawnee, OK

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