Or should it be ZapTube?… Anyway, I’ve made a collection of the collectable videos – from the Steve Allen Show (63) till Dweezil’s ZPZ shows. Just to have them together. Have fun!
(The collection is constantly growing.)
Yes, the way it was played in San Diego, 12.12.1981 (late show).
Some more interesting facts: the very last show of the tour, with Frogs With Dirty Little Lips as a closer, but Whipping Post as a second (!) tune (From aaafnraa.de).
In The Oregonian, Saturday, November 17:
ED CONDRAN: Project Object takes exception to your work. This is what PO’s Andre Cholmondeley told me recently: “Our band is the closest to how (Frank) Zappa did it. We leave room for experimentation. Zappa Plays Zappa plays it by the book. There’s a gross misunderstanding there. Zappa kept it tight but he kept a window open for improv.” Thoughts?
Dweezil: To try to turn this into a competition is stupid. They’re trying to make a living off of material that’s not their own, and they’re doing a poor job.
Have you seen the Stockholm show, 1973? You did? Maybe the 50 minute version. But here are some missing gems, previously unseen (at least by me): RDNZL and Cosmik Debris.
Great tunes! Watch the fun the band has during and after RDNZL! Sooooo good!!!
(provided by bongolamp)
Update: bongolamp has just uploaded Kung Fu and Penguin In Bondage! (I’ve also updated it on my page)
Thank you, man!
After a few months of “coming soon”, here it is finally: the Zappa Radio. A fine mix of FZs music, constantly playing online. Unfortunately the playlist shows only what you have listened 5 minutes ago.
A nice picture. I’ve found it on David Ocker’s blog, but it’s originally from Richard Emmet’ homepage (go there to see some more), and the pictures were taken possibly in ’81, one of these used for the cover of You Are What You Is (the same hat!)
Posing for the sake of the photographer (we weren’t really playing any notes).
Pictures made by John Livzey.
The members of our rockinâ€™ teenage combo donâ€™t know this right now that we’re not gonna open the show the normal way we usually open it.
Gonna start with Green Genesâ€¦ the whole show backwards.
And it’s 1 March 1973, Daytona Beach, Florida – more infos here (from aaafnraa.de).
In my dream Frank and I were laughing and talking, having a lively conversation about music and things. It felt good, like a friendship.
A real nice story by Adrian Belew – Anectode nr. 46.
100% extasy! Iâ€™ve just arrived home. A real Zappa-celebration, a celebration of Music, with 3 concerts in a row. Beginning with the warm-up concert of Mike Keneally and Ed Mann, playing in duet â€“ jazzy, improvisational, zappaesque: fun. Then came the Symphonic Orchestra, conducted by Adam Fischer â€“ amazing! Smiling musicians, rich texture, carefully elaborated details, big laughs and power. Better than the LSO!
The day was closed by the Modern Art Orchestra (a Big Band), featuring also the two guests above. Cletus Awreetus Awightus, Big Swifty, Zomby Woof and more â€“ can you imagine? Orchestrated by Tom Trapp, who also made a good job as a conductor â€“ lively gestures, big smiles, collective improvisations.
The message of the day was: Music is the Best!
..well, with nothing to do with Frank Zappa, sorry. But it looks crazy! Here are some pictures of the recent world-championship – and here’s a tiny video. Isn’t it amazing?
The world’s largest pumpkin – in Scituate, Rhode Island, now in the Guinness Book of Records. Arf.
A few days before the Baby Snakes show, with a setlist quite similar to that one. From aaafnraa.de. Though the Tape Reviewing Society says:
This is one of the few tapes of this band that I don’t recommend. I can only think of two reasons to have it: completism and Wild Love. The main drawback is that it’s far from complete – the taper seems to have turned his deck on and off, leaving out most of the really interesting songs (= solo vehicles). (…) But as I hinted above, there is one exception, spelled Wild Love.
Well, who knows? Lets check it.
Like a tidal wave of total weirdness, the Mothers of Invention splashed down on the Fillmore West for a series of shows in November of 1970, then washed back into the seedy ocean of L.A., leaving the landscape forever changed (or at least confused and slightly offended).
And all this happens now at Wolfgang’s Vault – a great show, great sound, with a fine accompanying text. You can listen to it online after a simple registration.
The new Japanese Zappa Box is out. It’s called “Zappa Box – Later Works” and it looks beautiful. Nothing new, just very, very beautiful.
Including Does Humour Belong In Music?; Playground Psychotics; Ahead Of Their Time; The Yellow Shark; The Lost Episodes; Have I Offended Someone? – with a 195 page booklet. But… what for?…