Zappa Plays Zappa – One Size Fits All 40th Anniversary Tour

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 was most impressed when Zappa Plays Zappa performed “Inca Roads” from the Zappa album, One Size Fits All

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.


Frank Zappa – A Day With Frank Zappa, 1971

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.

We have gone to see Dweezil Zappa’s band, Zappa Plays Zappa twice live including their début at The Sixth Annual Jammy Awards in 2006 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

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.

Flo & Eddie to Tour with Dweezil Zappa in 2012

Cover of "The Phlorescent Leech & Eddie"
Cover of The Phlorescent Leech & Eddie

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.