Originally Posted by shazza
Hey...is this Leroy's big nite out at the concert????
Frank Zappa died in the early nineties and left so much killer music for us to remember him by, he is surely missed! Frank Zappa
Last year, Frank's son Dweezil Zappa decided to get some of the old bands members together and do a European/United States tour playing nothing but his fathers music. I understand that there was some intense studying of and total immersion in the music to bring it off. Dweezil is a very accomplished guitarist in his own rite and all the studying definitley payed off! Zappa Plays Zappa
My son is turning twelve years old 9 Jan and my wife and I felt it was about time for him to go to a rock concert. My first concert was Yes (w/Bill Bruford on percussion) and J. Geils as the back-up band...I was about twelve or thirteen and I've been a rock steady concert attendee ever since...
I'd been looking forward to this concert for a coupla months, as most of you know I am a huge Frank Zappa fan. Being my son's first rock concert, I had my fingers crossed that this would be a memorable show. We were not dissapointed...
The Verizon Wireless Theatre located in beautiful downtown Houston, TX is the venue that was selected for this concert and is a smallish, intimate and comfortable hall where the acoustics are near perfect (perfect is not necessarily most pleasing to the ear). I've seen a few bands there such as King Crimson, Al Di Meola, Alan Holdsworth and Jeff Beck just to name a few. This was the perfect choice of venue for this type of rock concert...
Our other main concert hall's are the Cynthia Woods Pavillion in The Woodlands, TX (about thirty five miles north of downtown Houston) and the new Toyota Center located in downtown Houston. The Cynthia Woods Pavillion is a huge outside ampitheatre where the acoustics are suprisingly good, but the intimacy and comfort level leaves alot to be desired. This is where I've seen many bands such as the Damn Yankee's, Megadeath, Motly Crue, Journey, Kid Rock, 'On And On Etc., Etc., Blah' and is the perfect venue for this type of concert...'take your shirt off, sweat allot and get crazy on the lawn'! The Toyota Center is a large arena where the Rockets play basketball and sux for concerts. The acoustics are terrible...saw Kid Rock there a couple of years ago and will never go back for a concert (never say never)...but I digress.
The Zappa Plays Zappa Band member line-up as seen and heard on Sun, 17 Dec 06:
Dweezil Zappa - Lead Guitar & Vocals
Jamie Kime - Rythym Guitar
Pete Griffin - Bass
Aaron Arntz - Keyboards & Trumpet
Scheila Gonzalez - Sax, Flute, Keyboards & Vocals
Napoleon Murphy Brock - Vocals, Sax & Flute
Joe Travers - Drums
Billy Hulting - Marimba, Mallets & Percussion
Steve Vai - Guitar
Terry Bozzio - Drums & Vocals
The ZPZ Band began playing a little after 19:30. No back-up band, it was all ZPZ for the whole evening. Terry Bozzio and Steve Vai were no where to be seen...though there was a second huge drum set on stage, strangely with no drummer behind 'em. Our seats were on the floor row G, so 7 rows from the front...killer seats! There was no huge lite show, but the stage lites were tastefully executed.
The song list was varied, a song from different albums ranging from the late sixties to the eighties. It was obvious these guys had done there homework and were having a good nite. The music was note for note off the albums in most cases though there was some liberties taken every now and then. The band and the audience (my Ol' Lady, Son and I included) were having a good time. About an hour and a half into the show Terry Bozzio appeared and was the center of attention for the next coupla songs...the guy is one hell of a drummer! Then Steve Vai was introduced and they played a coupla songs from the early nineties.
Dweezil (a right-handed guitarist) played a blonde right-handed Fender Stratocaster about half the night, strangely enough it had a left handed neck but it wasn't strung upside down! Very trippy...the rest of the nite he played a brown Gibson SG. Most of the nite Jamie Kime played a Sunburst Gibson Les Paul Standard.
The encore was Stink Foot and was the highlite of the show, with all the non-percussion band members dogfighting solos...it built up more and more...then the drummers began there solo's. I am a percussionist but strangely I've never been a fan of drum solo's...but these guys are really good so it was tolerable. Unlike me, the audience always seems to love drum solo's and tonite was no exception...the crowd was on there feet! It was all over around 23:30...
This was one helluva concert and I have a new found respect for Dweezil Zappa. My son though pooped (this was a big day for him, at Grandma's earler in the day for Christmas) really enjoyed the show and seemed to take particular interest in Steve Vai's playing. When we got in the car after the show he exclaimed, "Don't turn on the radio" and then immediatley crashed for the ride home! All of our ears are ringing!
Picked up Dweezil's new CD and bought a coupla Frank Zappa TEEs of course...I won't forget this show and I have a feeling my son will remember this concert for the rest of his life.
A Good Time Was Had By All!!!Zoid