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Frank Zappa - Back On The Road: The Hologram Tour
“The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa”
From the Official Zappa website:
In 1974, FRANK ZAPPA transformed his Los Angeles rehearsal space into a sound stage and cranked out some unbelievable performances seen and heard only by the camera operators in the room. The audio from these performances - locked away in the ZAPPA vaults for 44 years - will serve as the basis for what will be the world’s most ambitious hologram tour to date.
A who’s who of ZAPPA fan favorite musicians will support “The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa” hologram tour which will debut this April with nine U.S. shows and seven European shows in May to follow. Additional dates will be announced in the coming months.
"I’m thrilled that Frank Zappa will finally be going back out on tour playing his most well-known music as well as some rare and unheard material,” said Ahmet Zappa, co-Trustee of the Zappa Family Trust. “We can’t wait to bring his creative work back to the stage with the musicians he loved to play with."
"We’re excited to world premiere a handful of Frank Zappa compositions; these mind-melting concerts we’re putting together celebrate the music, often surreal imagery and humour synonymous with Frank. We will be pushing the limits of what anyone has seen holographically on stage before in a live venue. Circumstances, objects, places and subject matter from Frank’s songs and imagination will be brought to life for the first time on stage.
We are anthropomorphizing Frank’s music utilizing various visual techniques, art styles, classic imagery from his album artwork and characters from his songs, culminating in one extremely bizarre, live music experience."
"As a futurist, and hologram enthusiast, Frank fearlessly broke through boundary after boundary as an artist and in honouring his indomitable spirit, we’re about to do it again, 25 years after his passing. My father and I actively discussed 3D and ‘holography’ and it was a concept he actively engaged in. He actually devoted half a chapter of his The Real Frank Zappa Book to this subject. This is a love letter and a journey celebrating the genius artistry of Frank Zappa. On a personal note, I feel like I am finishing something my father started years ago. And let’s not forget, Frank himself will be rocking his fans, alongside his bandmates like nobody’s business."
The core “Bizarre World of Frank Zappa” hologram tour band is comprised of former ZAPPA bandmates: guitarists Ray White and Mike Keneally, bassist Scott Thunes, multi-instrumentalist Robert Martin, percussionist Ed Mann, and drummer (and ZAPPA archivist) Joe “Vaultmeister” Travers.
Along the way, at various shows they’ll be joined by special guests, the likes of Steve Vai, Ian Underwood, Adrian Belew, Arthur Barrow, Vinnie Colaiuta, Denny Walley, Warren Cuccurullo and Napoleon Murphy Brock among others, who are committed to being part of this epic endeavor.
Enjoy hours of never-before-seen (or heard) Zappa performance footage from the early seventies that form the basis of this “can’t miss” concert spectacle.