Sunday Cinema | John Lennon Jams With Frank Zappa
... demented madman who just wanted attention. Lennon's death was senseless,and we were robbed of many years of genius, while his family was robbed of a father and ahusband. Lennon was a complex man, as most musical geniuses are, which was bore out when he andwife Yoko Ono had an encounter with Frank Zappa
in 1971. FZ was scheduled to do aninterview withHoward Stein, when the interviewer brought over Lennon and Ono to his hotel room. Afterthe interview was finished, Zappa
invited John and Yoko to jam with The Mothers at theFillmore East that night. The pair wound up performing with Zappa
and The Mothers for amostly bizarre 40-minute jam that included lots of screeching from Yoko. A nine-minuteclip from the performance is available on YouTube: Sadly, Frank's experience with the pair wasn't a good one. Jerry Garcia, thankfully, had a better experience with Lennon. The night Lennon died Stevie Wonder was performing in Oakland and told his stunned crowdthe news: Sunday Cinema | John Lennon Jams With Frank Zappa
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Ed Mann to Join Z3 for "Funky Takes on Frank" Zappa Tribute Shows
... Frank Zappa
alum Ed Mann will join Z3, an organ trio tribute to Zappa
featuringTim Palmieri (Kung Fu, The Breakfast), Bill Carbone (Max Creek) and Ben Sasser (Alan Evans Trio), for a series of tour dates. The run of shows--billed as Funky Takes on Frank--will kick off on Wednesday, December at DROM in New York City. The band will then make its way to a number of other venues in the Northeast before wrapping up at the Church of Boston on Tuesday, December 17. You can watch a video of the trio performing at the 2013 Zappanale Festival in Bad Doberman, Germany above. Z3 with Ed Mann Tour Dates December 11 New York, NY--DROM December 12 Burlington, VT--Nectar's December 13 Northampton, MA--Iron Horse Music Hall December 14 Providence, RI--Spot Underground December 17 Boston, MA--Church of Boston Ed Mann to Join Z3 for "Funky Takes on Frank" Zappa
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Twenty Years Later | Still Missing Frank Zappa
... It's hard to believe legendary composer and guitarist Frank Zappa
has been gone fortwo decades as he passed 20 years ago today after a battle with prostate cancer. Hisinfluence can still be heard in many band's music and his son, Dweezil, continues to carryhis father's flag with the long-running Zappa Plays Zappa project. Also, the Zappa
FamilyTrust continues to mine FZ's vault for gems, though we're still waiting for the Roxy filmto surface. We want to celebrate Frank's life and music by sharing a full show from his last worldtour in 1988. FZ embarked on a lengthy world tour in 1988 backed by the self-proclaimed"Best Band You've Never Heard In Your Life" which included Ike Willis, Mike Keneally,Scott Thunes, Chad Wackerman, Ed Mann, Bobby Martin, Bruce Fowler, Walt Fowler, PaulCarman, Albert Wing and Kurt McGettric. On May 17, 1988, about halfway through theEuropean leg of the tour, Zappa
and his band played at Palacio de los Deportes inBarcelona, Spain for a show that was broadcast on Spanish Public TV station RTVE andsubsequently re-broadcast a number of times. This performance has been bootlegged many times but has never been officially released. Itfeatures many classic Zappa
tunes such as "Black Napkins," "Watermelon In Easter Hay" and"Illinois Enema Bandit" as well as a few choice covers, namely "Whipping Post" and "I AmThe Walrus." Thanks to YouTuber brainphreaky we can watch over twoglorious hours of FZ and Co. in action: Edit thissetlist | More FrankZappa setlists Twenty Years Later | Still Missing Frank Zappa
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Frank Zappa (Dec. 21, 1940-Dec. 4, 1993)
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Zappa was a vocal opponent of censorship. He testified against the Parents Music Resource Center at the infamous Frankenchrist obscenity trial, in which the Dead Kennedys were brought to court for "distribution of harmful matter to minors." Zappa said that the PMRC's methods were equivalent to "treating dandruff with decapitation." (thanks, Andrew - Tucson, AZ)
He released at least 60 albums. Frank's album Apostrophe(') is his only album to puncture Billboard's Top 10. The title track on the album is an instrumental featuring drummer Jim Gordon and Cream bassist Jack Bruce. (thanks, Darrell - Kalkaska, MI)
He has daughters named Moon Unit and Diva and sons named Dweezil and Ahmet.
Lowell George was one of Zappa's musicians before he formed Little Feat.
Zappa produced albums for Alice Cooper, Captain Beefheart, and Grand Funk.
Most of his songs were parodies, but the musicianship was so good that radio stations played them anyway.
He played a crime boss named "Mr. Frankie" on an episode of Miami Vice in 1986.
Zappa was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1991. He died 2 years later.
His album Jazz from Hell was the only instrumental album ever labeled with the PMRC's "Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics" label. (thanks, Adam - Dubois, IN)
While playing The Rainbow in London in 1971, a man named Trevor Howell jumped onstage and attacked Zappa, knocking him into the orchestra pit 15 feet below. Along with a number of cuts, bruises, and broken bones, Zappa's Larynx was crushed, lowering the pitch of his voice by one third for the rest of his life. (thanks, Bob - Tokyo, Japan, for above 2)
Zappa formed The Mothers of Invention in 1964. They released 3 albums before breaking up in 1969.
In one of Franks last interviews with Jamie Gangel from NBC, when asked how he wanted to be remembered, he responded that he didn't want to be remembered at all. (thanks, Tom - Marble Falls, AR)
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