The Immortality of Genius

Frank Zappa was one of the great musical geniuses of our time, excelling in both quality and quantity of his music. Luckily for those of us who never got a chance to see him perform live, his son Dweezil has in recent years taken up the Zappa mantle and is sharing his father’s gift with old Zappa vets and a new generation of fans alike. “Zappa Plays Zappa” (or ZPZ) has been playing shows for a couple of years, delighting fans with spot-on renditions of a wide range of Frank’s compositions. The band is comprised mainly of younger musicians, but has featured guest performers who toured with the elder Zappa, including Napoleon Murphy Brock, Terry Bozio, Ray White, and Steve Vai.
In short, any fan of Zappa should check out their live album, live DVD, and/or see them in concert. Here is a list of their current tour dates. Let us know what you think!


5 Responses to “The Immortality of Genius”

  1. June 3, 2010 at 7:11 PM

    Zappa was ecelectic and prolific in equal measure. My all-time favourite album from his breathtaking body of work has to be Zoot Allures. Ably abetted by Terry Bozzio, tracks like “Wind up working in a Gas Station”, “Black Napkins”, and the beautifully sinister “The torture never stops” are classic Zappa. If Dweezil’s keeping this stuff alive, he deserves great credit.

    • 2 lumbertruck
      September 10, 2010 at 5:59 AM

      For the uninitiated, “Torture” is scary stuff. It’s full of ominous sounds, arching chord progressions, sound effects that mimic real torture so well you’re sure it’s Halloween night every time you hear it. . .

      I’ve gotta hear Dweezil’s version. It’s got to be fine!

  2. 3 ericstraus
    June 3, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    You really should check out the CD or DVD…the CD ends with “Torture.” Dweezil and the band are not hiding behind Frank’s less complex material…they tackle it all head-on, and extremely well at that.

  3. 4 jacobull
    June 3, 2010 at 8:01 PM

    His covers of “I am the Slime” and “Pound for a Brown” are incredible renditions of his fathers classics. If you have not seen the video Zappa Plays Zappa, it is truly mindblowing and worthwhile.

  4. June 3, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    I’ll do that Eric, cheers


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