I attended the Zappa Plays Zappa show at the Verizon Wireless Theater on Sunday night.
In all honesty, I was apprehensive about the show and had some doubts about how it might be.
I’ve seen Frank Zappa in concert twice so I know what a Zappa concert sounds like.
The idea that his son, Dweezil, would put together a band and try to perform his father’s music filled me with an understandable amount of apprehension and trepidation.
When I got to the Verizon Wireless Theater it was pretty plain that the Houston Zappa fans were out in force. I saw many old faces and old friends as we got ready for the show.
The concert lasted for well over 3 hours and I gotta say…I was completely blown away.
I didn’t commit the set list to memory, but Joe found someone who did a nice job of documenting the show. This is how it went down last night:
Conducted improvisation – Andy – Call any vegetable (“Band From LA” arrangement) – Tell Me You Love Me
Who Are The Brain Police?
Florentine Pogen (Dweezil Zappa solo)
Pygmy Twylyte – The Idiot Bastard Son (’74 band arrangement) – Cheepnis
I’m The Slime (“Saturday Night Live” 1976 arrangement) (Billy Hulting – Don Pardo vocals) (Dweezil Zappa solo) – A Pound For A Brown On The Bus (Billy Hulting mallets/Scheila Gonzalez sax/Dweezil Zappa conducted improv only horns/Napoleon Murphy Brown sax/Dweezil Zappa conducted improv/Dweezil Zappa conducted audience improv/Aaron Arntz keyboard/Jamie Kime guitar/Pete Griffin bass/Dweezil Zappa conducted improv only horns/back to head of piece)
Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow – St. Alfonzo’s Pancake Breakfast – Father O’blivion – Joe Travers/Pete Griffin duet
Inca Roads (Dweezil Zappa solo/Aaron Arntz solo)
Exit Napoleon Murphy Brock – Enter Terry Bozzio
I’m So Cute
Tryin’ To Grow A Chin – Punky’s Whips (Dweezil Zappa solo)
Black Page Drum Solo (done as a trio – Terry/Joe/Billy) – (Enter Steve Vai) Black Page #2
Exit Terry Bozzio- Enter Napoleon Murphy Brock
Peaches En Regalia – Montana (Dweezil Zappa/Steve Vai guitar duet) – Village Of The Sun – Echidna’s Arf (Of You)
Zomby Woof (Steve Vai solo)
Black Napkins (Dweezil Zappa and Steve Vai solos)
(core band + Napoleon)
Oh No – Son Of Orange County (“Roxy” arrangement) (Dweezil Zappa solo) – (Enter Terry Bozzio and Steve Vai) More Trouble Every Day (“Roxy” arrangement – Steve Vai solo/Dweezil Zappa-Steve Vai duet/Dweezil Zappa-Jamie Kimeduet/Dweezil Zappa-Scheila Gonzalez-Steve Vai trio/Terry Bozzio solo/Joe Travers solo/Terry Bozzio-Joe Travers duet) – A Token Of My Extreme (chord vamp only with Dweezil band introductions) – Sofa (“Zappa In New York” arrangement)
There’s every indication that this band will tour again performing Frank’s music. If you get the chance to see this live I heartily recommend it.