He was a genius and a madman same time. Whereby madness is maybe a bit too much. I'd rather say excentric, that's what this extraordinary musician had been. During his carriere he released more then 60 albums. Sometimes they went beyond the average taste of music, so unique so brilliant and so crazy. Unfortunately I never had the pleasure to see Frank Zappa playing live on stage. Therefore I've seen his son Dweezil performing, who started out in music when he was very young under the eyes of his dad. He has released sis albums until now. 'Go With What You Know' is the newest one from 2006.
My first meeting and interview including the show at the Marquee with Dweezil and Ahmed Zappa I had in 1991. And I still remember it very well.
The Zappa Family Trust does look after the musical heritage of Frank Zappa, who died aged 53 in 1993 much too early. What a great loss for the world of music. But Dweezil, who does look like his father, and plays the guitar almost like his father, - maybe he ain't that excentric, at least he doesn't seem so, - has decided to let the music of Frank live up again. Not so easy I presume, because Zappas music is probably as difficult as a chinese geometric formula. And only somebody who is an extraordinary musician himself can put up with that. Ian Donald Calvin Euclid Zappa, or better Dweezil has been passed on that talent from his dad. That's for sure. For about one year, the now 38 year old is touring round the globe with the Zappa Plays Zappa project. And yeeeesssss, he's made it. The music of his dad is more alive than ever, and because of this and the visual similarity between father and son, we do get a de ja vu into the past. Very interesting is the fact, that there are always some well known guestmusicians on the trail. Im the US it was Steve Vai or Terry Bozzio, the former Zappa Drummer. Not so in Germany now. But therefore we've got Ray White, who takes most of of the vocals over at he set. He did work with Frank on albums like "Tinsel Town Rebellion" und "Zappa in New York". Apart from him there is: Joe Travers (Drums), Billy Hulting (Percussion), Scheila Gonzalez (Keyboards, Saxophone, Voc.), Aaron Arntz (Keyboards, Trumpet), Peter Griffin (Bass), Jaime Kime (Rhythm Git) - all of them are great musicians, who present their part to this show to make it so special.
don have so much respect for my father and his work, and I want,
that more people get to know him. I think, the best way to discover his
music, is at a live gig, were it get's to your bones". That's what
Dweezil said in the beginning of the whole Zappa Plays Zappa production.
But the intention to present the music to a young audiance does not really
work, at least not here in munich. Because the audiance here consist
mainly of oldies beyond their mid fourties and older, who remember Frank
very well and even had seem him playing live in the past when he was still
alive. By the way, Frank is featured in the show. He appears at the big
screen in the back of the stage, singing and playing posthum . And the
band is accompanying him live here tonight. This action is so technical
perfectly done, that you really get the impression, Frank has just popped
in for a quick stint from cloud 7.
but as if 3 hours performance wouldn't be enought, Dweezil comes out again
to give one autograph. But he ends up signing pics, tickets and covers for
over 60 minutes. And yes, he does remember that very night at the London
Marquee Club back in 1991.....