Studio

Zappa Plays Zappa 2/12 Rio Theatre - Santa Cruz, CA

After seeing ZpZ play last year and really enjoying how well Dweezil played I new I had to go again this year... What a killer show!  They played a completely different set than last year and dug deep into the FZ archives to bring many unheard songs to life. Dweezil can shred and play with accuracy while all of the band members hold their own. We had great seats in the second row center slight stage left - the balance of both guitars (Dweezil and Jamie Kime) was fantastic. And Jamie is no slacker on guitar he plays without a pick and smoked many great solos, while Scott Thunes layed down solid bass.   ...ZpZ site

THE PLAYERS:

Dweezil Zappa: Guitar
Scheila Gonzalez: Saxphone, Flute, Keyboards & Vocals
Scott Thunes: Bass
Billy Hulting: Marimba, Mallets & Percussion
Jamie Kime: Guitar
Joe Travers: Drums & Vocals
Ben Thomas: Vocals
Chris Norton: Keyboards

After taking more than three years off to study the physical performance and technical compositional techniques of his father, Frank Zappa, Dweezil Zappa began his search to create a combo that could, according to Dweezil, "accurately execute Frank's music in the most authentic way humanly possible."

Dweezil's focus was on providing an avenue for the elder Zappa's music to new generations of listeners. To that end, he personally selected members of the Zappa Plays Zappa septet after an arduous set of auditions. The process typically involved them having to transcribe assorted Zappa pieces and then play their specific parts while accompanied only by Joe Travers (drums) -- the latter having previously worked with Dweezil in his and brother Ahmet Zappa's Z. Travers is also the Zappa Family Trust archivist, which likewise meant he would be intimately familiar with the various distinct eras of Frank's music. 

Set list:

  1. Sexual Harassment in the Workplace 
    (Frank Zappa cover) 
  2. Plastic People 
    (Frank Zappa cover) 
  3. Hungry Freaks, Daddy 
    (Frank Zappa cover) 
  4. Bow Tie Daddy 
    (Frank Zappa cover) 
  5. Motherly Love 
    (Frank Zappa cover) 
  6. Dirty Love 
    (Frank Zappa cover) 
  7. Any Kind of Pain 
    (Frank Zappa cover) 
  8. Blessed Relief 
    (Frank Zappa cover) 
  9. Mother People 
    (Frank Zappa cover) 
  10. Debra Kadabra 
    (Frank Zappa cover) 
  11. Carolina Hard-Core Ecstasy 
    (Frank Zappa cover) 
  12. Advance Romance 
    (Frank Zappa cover) 
  13. Wedding Dress Song / Handsome Cabin Boy 
    (Frank Zappa cover) 
  14. Trouble Every Day 
    (Frank Zappa cover) 
  15. Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up 
    (Frank Zappa cover) 
  16. Eat That Question 
    (Frank Zappa cover) 
  17. Who Are The Brain Police? 
    (Frank Zappa cover) 
  18. Ride My Face to Chicago 
    (Frank Zappa cover) 
  19. Son of Mr. Green Genes 
    (Frank Zappa cover) 
  20. Encore:
  21. Dancin' Fool 
    (Frank Zappa cover) 
  22. Willie the Pimp 
    (Frank Zappa cover) 
  23. Whipping Post 
    (The Allman Brothers Band cover)