Zappa Plays Zappa, the brainchild of Dweezil Zappa, has just announced 21 new concert dates, with the tour launching in Florida with four shows. The band does a brief two-week tour of eastern Canada and northeast U.S. at the end of July, and a two-week European tours kicks off in London October 18th.
The 21 new shows, listed on Jambase, do not yet appear on the ZPZ website, last updated 04/21/15.
This exciting new round of shows begins at the Culture Room in Ft. Lauderdale on September 10th, a Thursday. The next four nights find the band at Jannus Live in St. Pete (11th), Plaza Live in Orlando (12th) and the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall (13th).
From there, the band heads north to Durham and then State College PA. Over the next three weeks, the band hits 13 states, from Rhode Island and New Jersey through the Midwest, finishing the tour in Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.
Zappa Plays Zappa is a spectacular sextet. Here was our MusicFestNews review of their recent set at the Wanee Music Festival in Live Oak FL:
I vowed I would not miss a single second of Zappa Plays Zappa. In the event you read the article I wrote titled Why ZPZ Matters (link below), then you understand. No matter what I said, or thought, or wrote, I underestimated. It was beyond belief. First, let’s acknowledge that Frank did all the heavy lifting, writing the music, breaking the barriers, fighting battle after battle for his music. No question. But I saw Frank eleven times, and he never sounded better than ZPZ’s Wanee set.
This was the tour where the band was featuring the 1975 gem One Size Fits All. They opened with “Andy,” but where you expected it to draw to a close, a titanic funk jam emerged. Titanic is accurate. Ben Thomas is the vocalist with the chameleon-like voice, but all six band members sing, and that allowed “Susy Creamcheese” and “Who Needs the Peace Corps” to sound so wonderful. Back to OSFA for “Florentine Pogen,” with another huge jam and massive guitar solo. Dweezil Zappa has always been a brilliant player, but that boy’s been practicing, I believe. WOW.
I had hoped beyond hope that Dweezil would absolutely destroy the blues solo on “Po-Jama People.” Once again, I underestimated. It was magnificent. The band used “Grand Wazoo” to give all band members great solo time, all well deserved. They even worked a Pink Floyd “Money” tease in at the end. “Magic Fingers,” the highlight of 200 Motels, was deluxe.
“Inca Roads.” That is all.
The greatest compliment you can give this band is that Frank would have loved to play with them. Scheila Gonzalez is so multi-talented that you cannot decide what she does best: sing, keyboards, flute, alto, tenor, smile.
This is a link to an article we ran earlier about the relevance and ‘necessity’ of Zappa Plays Zappa.
This link is to the new ZPZ dates on Jambase.
This link is for the ZPZ website, which is likely to be updated soon.