KUR recently received an email from The Grande Mothers Re:Invented thanking “the fans, the promoters, the crews, and everyone behind the scenes who support their performances, making these concerts and tours possible.”
THE POWER OF THE FANS
The standard reply is: “They would love to perform there, they just need the following logistics taken care of – airfare, ground transportation, promotion, instruments etc., etc., etc.”
In 2009, the GMSRI received an inquiry from a fan in BRAZIL. After the usual reply, they received communications from promoters who wanted the GMSRI to perform there (FYI – The maestro never performed with any of his ensembles in South America).
Paperwork was taken care of. LOTS OF PAPERWORK. Logistics etc., etc. Knowing the maestro never performed there, and that his music is in English, the language of Brazil is Portugese, and that little to no radio play exists there for ZAPPA music, the Grande Mothers were not really sure what to expect. With fans barely able to to communicate in English, they were very able to sing every word of ZAPPA‘s lyrics in English, such as “Oh No” at the Inferno Club in São Paulo, Brazil on May 14th, 2010:
THE POWER OF THE MUSIC
The joy of making this music “come to LIFE” by the band, music is a living and breathing experience not a museum piece, especially the music of the MAESTRO, the power and joy of the fans hearing the music performed by these guys for the first time, musicians who were “in the band” when it was a band is overwhelming for the fans at the live performances, tears were flowing from the audience as they sang all the words, and when they performed songs without lyrics, yeah, the fans sang all the melodies too.
The GMSRI perform “Peaches En Regalia” at Virada Cultural in São Paulo on May 15th, 2010 with 40,000 of their closest friends:
“Hungry Freaks Daddy” at the Inferno Club in São Paulo, Brazil on May 14th, 2010:
“Orange County Lumber Truck Medley” at the Inferno Club in São Paulo, Brazil on May 14th, 2010:
The GMSRI are very aware of the fans, and their feelings toward the band which is why they make the time after every show to come out, say hello and sign album covers, CDs, posters and whatever else can be signed by a magic marker.
Their May 13th, 2010, São Paulo show is currently available for torrent from Zappateers, here. Enjoy the following excerpts:
Hungry Freaks, Daddy (Inferno Club, São Paulo, Brazil, 13 May 2010)
Pound For A Brown (Inferno Club, São Paulo, Brazil, 13 May 2010)
Chunga’s Revenge (Inferno Club, São Paulo, Brazil, 13 May 2010)
Florentine Pogen (Inferno Club, São Paulo, Brazil, 13 May 2010)
Holiday In Berlin (Inferno Club, São Paulo, Brazil, 13 May 2010)
Little House I Used To Live In (Inferno Club, São Paulo, Brazil, 13 May 2010)
More Trouble Every Day (Inferno Club, São Paulo, Brazil, 13 May 2010)
King Kong (Inferno Club, São Paulo, Brazil, 13 May 2010)
They will be back in EU July 15 thru August 2 2010, Canada in November 2010, and in South America in 2011.
Drop GMSRI a line at GRANDEMOTHERS@GMAIL.COM
for BOOKING INQUIRES drop a line to
Note: text in italic is from original GMSRI email.