Dweezil Zappa says Zappa Plays Zappa’s latest tour is one for the fans.
The group, which the guitarist launched in 2006 to keep the music of his father, the late Frank Zappa, alive and in the public domain, is playing mostly smaller venues on its tour and will “play an almost completely different show every night,” according to the younger Zappa.
“It’s all about trying to say thanks for the support and giving (the fans) a very memorable thing,” Zappa, 39, explains. “I was never concerned about the fans liking what we were gonna do ‘cause I knew the dedication we were going to put into it would come across on stage and people would appreciate it.”
Zappa — who, along with his mother, Gail, oversees a continuing series of archival releases from his father’s vaults — says he’s most gratified that Zappa Plays Zappa is still bringing fans out even though it’s graduated from its first year, which featured high-profile Zappa band alumni such as Steve Vai and Terry Bozzio, to being a band in its own right.
“My whole goal with this is to put Frank’s music on display,” Zappa explains. “I wanted to do that, really, without having alumni, but the first year the promoters really wanted to have alumni because they thought that was the only way people would come and see the music.
“I had disagreed; having alumni is sort of like an icing on the cake thing, and not mandatory to playing the music. The reason the music sounds the way it does is because of Frank ... not because of the people who played with him. I think people realize that now, and they’re coming to hear the music, not who’s playing it.”
Zappa Plays Zappa performs at 8 p.m. Monday (Oct. 20) at the Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $45 and $35. Call (734) 668-8463 or visit www. livenation.com.
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