I found it coincidental that news broke on Monday about a Frank Zappa hologram experience. The announcement seemed designed to build on the hype surrounding Justin Timberlake’s tribute to Prince at the Superbowl. The rumor mill speculated that half-time would involve a Prince hologram concert appearance, which did not materialize.
In 1974, Frank Zappa transformed his Los Angeles rehearsal space into a sound stage and cranked out a passionate, trademark performance seen only by the camera operators in the room who captured every last bizarrely beautiful moment. This footage, locked away in the Zappa vaults for 44 years, will serve as the basis for what will be the world’s most ambitious hologram tour to date, blending live footage of Frank with outrageous visuals that offer a striking view into his complex musical works. Dates for “The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa” performances will be announced in the coming months.
When plans for the hologram show were initially announced last year, Ahmet Zappa “hinted” that his more musical siblings Moon Unit and Dweezil could be involved. However, Dweezil Zappa expressed surprise at his name being mentioned and at the existence of a hologram show at all. He then used the announcement to draw attention to his ongoing legal battle with the Zappa Family Trust over his ‘Zappa Plays Zappa’ show.
Not sharing his brother’s certainty that Frank would have been delighted by the show, Dweezil also began selling t-shirts emblazoned ‘No fake Frank’.
I know that it has been one of my regrets to never see Frank Zappa in concert. I am torn about attending if the concert is available near me. I have been an active supporter of Dweezil’s right to use the Zappa name in his shows. I have seen Zappa Plays Zappa with my son twice in concert including their début in NY City.
I truly hope that a fair legal resolve can be arrived at for all the Zappa surviving children.
I am appalled at the sibling rivalry of family descendants when it comes to inheriting and managing the Zappa family trust.
Ahmet and Diva Zappa intend to deny their brother, the other son of Frank and Gail Zappa, Dweezil Zappa the inalienable right to use his own last name to identify himself in the field of music and entertainment. Talk about restraint of trade and obstruction to earning a living. How wack-a-doodle and insensitive can Ahmet and Diva be?
We’re seeing more and more examples of absolute power corrupting absolutely.
I’m writing this blog post in the hopes that you will support Dweezil in this very important fight of personal integrity and validation.
I prefer to see Dweezil Zappa absolutely free to use his last name in business. It boggles my mind when I think of the precedents this legal action might accomplish.
My son and I witnessed the world premiere of Dweezil Zappa’s Zappa Plays Zappa at the Jammy Awards, April 20, 2006 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, NYC. His father, Frank Zappa was honored with a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dweezil Zappa is denied the use of Zappa Plays Zappa and the censorship, the outright stripping of his rights to his own legal name further evidence the abuse of power by Ahmet and Diva Zappa.
Dweezil Zappa developed Zappa Plays Zappa 10 years ago. My son and I saw the world premier of Zappa Plays Zappa at the Jammy Awards in New York City at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in 2006. The synergy of that father and son event was also accented when Dweezil Zappa accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Jammys on behalf of his father, Frank Zappa.
I just received an email from Zappa.Com highlighting that Zappa Plays Zappa will be on a worldwide tour which features the playing of One Size Fits All in its entirety which celebrates a 40th anniversary this year.
I noticed from their itinerary that Zappa Plays Zappa will be playing The Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Sunday August 2nd. Way Cool.
The music of our heart from a Father and Son point of view reflects on 1969 and the recording Hot Rats.
Hot Rats is the second solo album by Frank Zappa, released in October 1969. It was Zappa’s first recording project after the dissolution of the original Mothers of Invention. In his original sleeve notes Zappa described the album as “a movie for your ears.”
I love that my son Matthew is a very intense Frank Zappa music fan as a result of listening to my music collection. It has been a prideful experience to witness the depth of what he listens to and then discovers about Frank Zappa.
Matthew sent me this YouTube Video link today. I am enjoying this unique Frank Zappa documentary made by VPRO-TV in Holland in 1971. Directed by Roelof Kiers. Sound recording owned by UMG. The live footage is from the Fillmore West, Nov 6 1970. The backstage footage was filmed at the Fillmore East November 13-14 1970.
There’s some great live music sequences with the Phlorescent Leech (Mark Volman) and Eddie (Howard Kaylan) along with Anysley Dunbar (Drums) and of course Frank Zappa on guitar and vocals.
The Frank Zappa home sequences took place at 7881 Woodrow Wilson Drive, Los Angeles in Laurel Canyon.
Mark Volman announced on Saturday night 7/9/11 from the stage during the Happy Together Tour in Wallingford, Ct. that a deal had been signed for Flo & Eddie to recreate their role from the Zappa band days. They will be touring with Dweezil Zappa‘s Zappa Plays Zappa, who faithfully recreate the music of Dweezil’s father Frank Zappa. Flo & Eddie then launched into Peaches en Regalia for a few minutes which was awesome.
We love Zappa Plays Zappa. I have seen them twice with my son who I am proud to say is a more intense Zappa fan than I am. 🙂
I find this collaboration to be a very exciting proposition and look forward to learning more about concert dates in my corridor of the US. I might finally get to see 200 Motels performed live in concert, Hey Now!
I never got to see Frank Zappa live nor did I ever get to see the Phlorescent Leech & Eddie as part of that ensemble. Flo & Eddie’s vocals meshed so well with the intelligent humor and polyphonic music Frank Zappa played live.