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TreeDawg
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Zappa Plays Zappa

Any Zappa fans out there? I saw Zappa play at LSU Assembly Center around 1978 and it was one of the most amazing concerts I ever witnessed to this day. I just saw that tickets have went on sale for "Zappa Plays Zappa" at HOB in N.O. on 1-27-13. Dweezil Zappa has put together a band that replicates Frank's music as a tribute. Very interesting indeed. I found a ZPZ Bio as follows:

After taking more than three years off to study the physical performance and technical compositional techniques of his father, Frank Zappa, Dweezil Zappa began his search to create a combo that could, according to Dweezil, "accurately execute Frank's music in the most authentic way humanly possible." Rather than creating what he called a "circus" of Frank's former bandmates, Dweezil's focus was on providing an avenue for the elder Zappa's music to new generations of listeners. To that end, he personally selected members of the Zappa Plays Zappa septet after an arduous set of auditions. The process typically involved them having to transcribe assorted Zappa pieces and then play their specific parts while accompanied only by Joe Travers (drums) -- the latter having previously worked with Dweezil in his and brother Ahmet Zappa's Z. Travers is also the Zappa Family Trust archivist, which likewise meant he would be intimately familiar with the various distinct eras of Frank's music.

After the dust had cleared, Dweezil chose Aaron Arntz (keyboards, trumpet, vocals), Sheila Gonzalez (saxophone, flute, keyboards, vocals), Pete Griffin (bass), Billy Hulting (marimba, mallets, percussion), Jamie Kime (guitar), and Travers to accompany him on guitar and vocals. In addition to Dweezil's unwitting role as Frank's progeny, another tether to the man and his music is the revolving-door "guest spot" incorporated into each Zappa Plays Zappa outing. During their inaugural excursions in 2006 that role was filled by three distinct talents: Napoleon Murphy Brock (flute, saxophone, vocals), Steve Vai (guitar), and Terry Bozzio (percussion, vocals). This incarnation was captured for posterity in high-definition video and Surround Sound during their December 21, 2006, gig in Portland, OR, at the Roseland Theater and the following night in Seattle, WA, at the Paramount Theater, highlights of which can be seen on the double-DVD =Zappa Plays Zappa package. In 2007 and 2008 Ray White (guitar, vocals), previously an on-stage member of Frank Zappa's touring ensembles, joined the group. ~ Lindsay Planer, Rovi


TreeDawg
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Ok, found some live footage (outdoor better yet), Holy Cow this sounds just like Frank. Dweezil shows some of his Guitar prowness at about the 5 minute mark and the singer sounds just like Frank..........

LINK


rutiger
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sounds amazing. I may have to head to nola to check this show out. I like zappa, just never been a huge listener. honestly, his catalogue is over whelming to try to get into because of this incredible output. the cd of his I listen the most to is fillmore east june 71.


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Pete Griffin (bass)


Image: http://img.skitch.com/20080116-ctb723ef8nxgju5efb5kx5s86p.jpg


Seriously though, they are great.
If you are a Zappa fan at all then you should definitely check them out.


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TreeDawg
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his catalogue is over whelming to try to get into because of this incredible output.


Frank was a very complex fellow to say the least, his music was said to paint a picture in his mind (that had to be a strange place). It's so cool to see his son carry the torch.........

Holla next time you are passing by and make a vistit.........


MondayMorningMarch
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Any Zappa fans out there? I saw Zappa play at LSU Assembly Center around 1978 and it was one of the most amazing concerts I ever witnessed to this day.


Was there in the 5th row!


redneck hippie
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if you get a chance don't miss Zappa plays Zappa. They played here a couple of years ago and I almost balked at the $60 ticket price. It was an incredible and unique musical experience. I would recommend all music fans going, not just Zappa fans.


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TreeDawg
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Was there in the 5th row!


What a show and what an assembly of musicians!! I can still see Frank sitting on his Bar Stool, smoking a cig and just watching his band perform........

He was all about rhetoric with the crowd also, which I found very cool and entertaining.......


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Holla next time you are passing by and make a vistit.........


will do.


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MondayMorningMarch
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What a show and what an assembly of musicians!! I can still see Frank sitting on his Bar Stool, smoking a cig and just watching his band perform........


I saw him a couple times at the PMAC. I think it was that show where the duder walked up to the stage and started preaching at FZ. The body guard was about to mop the floor with him, but Frank gave the dude his mic and let him spout. He was met with lots of laughter and booing, but it really put a charge into the band. The last 45mins of that show was off the charts!

As a side note, we must've known each other at some point. Seems we hung out at the same bars saw a lot of the same shows.


TreeDawg
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I think it was that show where the duder walked up to the stage and started preaching at FZ. The body guard was about to mop the floor with him, but Frank gave the dude his mic and let him spout. He was met with lots of laughter and booing, but it really put a charge into the band. The last 45mins of that show was off the charts!




This was the show I saw........


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As a side note, we must've known each other at some point. Seems we hung out at the same bars saw a lot of the same shows.


No doubt Bro, if we sat and shared a few brews, we would certainly figure out we have common acquaintances.........


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Tiger in Texas
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I saw Dweezil on two different tours doing Zappa plays Zappa...well worth seeing...


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Tiger in Texas
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I saw Zappa play at LSU Assembly Center around 1978


I don't know if it was the same tour, but seems around the same time I saw him in N.O., may have been on Tulane campus...


MondayMorningMarch
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I don't know if it was the same tour, but seems around the same time I saw him in N.O., may have been on Tulane campus...


He played the Saenger Theater a few times around then. I saw the Joe's Garage tour and the Live In NY tour there.


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Ray Collins Dead: Original Mothers Of Invention Singer Dies At Age 75

CLAREMONT, Calif. — Ray Collins, who invited guitarist Frank Zappa to join the band that eventually became the Mothers of Invention, has died at age 75.

Collins' friend Patrick Brayer tells the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin that the musician from Claremont, Calif., died Monday, five days after a heart attack.

Collins brought Zappa to R&B cover band the Soul Giants in 1964. By 1966, they had become the Mothers of Invention, releasing their first album, "Freak Out," on Verve Records.

Collins sang on three albums, then left the Mothers, saying their comedic approach to music didn't suit him.

He pursued little music afterward and spent his last years living in a van, but was a well-known character and conversationalist on the streets of Claremont, a college town east of Los Angeles.




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Tiger in Texas
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RIP Ray...his vocals on 'Freak Out' will stand the test of time...


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Poodlebrain
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Coolidge (RIP) and I were at that show as well. We were freshmen at LSU, and we had a blast. We couldn't decide if Frank had a cold, or was abusing cocaine, because he was frequently blowing his nose and dropping the kleenex on stage.


wilceaux
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couldn't decide if Frank had a cold, or was abusing cocaine


Frank didn't do drugs.


Funky Tide 8
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ZPZ is really awesome. I bet that '78 show was great! Totally jealous.


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Poodlebrain
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Frank didn't do drugs.
We were 18, and it was 1978. Do you think we were concerned with that at the time?


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