True, the party had already started one day earlier in the centre of Bad Doberan where Napoleon Murphy Brock and Mats Öberg had played an incredible set of Zappa music, but Friday was the day to get the ball rolling over at the festival ground.
I had heard good things about Drei Vom Rhein. I was told that they had been scheduled to appear at Zappanale in 2007 already and that they had been performing the music of Frank Zappa on a regular basis.
The band played an amazing set. Every song got a special treatment. One suprise after another.
I loved it.
Next to the Zappa themes, the set included 'Francesco', a fine Zappa tribute (written by Werner Neumann).
Great vocals. Superb guitar playing. A quartet that played with verve.
Alex Vesper: drums, backing vocals, samples, extras
Werner Neumann: guitars, backing vocals
Pit Hupperten: lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards
Helmuth Fass: bass
The concert was made available on DVDR at the festival.
I was glad that it got captured on video.
Later the same day, I found out that the band had just released a new album, "Francesco". I didn't hesitate for a second and took a copy home. More on that very soon.
Here's a sample from the 2014 Leverkusen concert to show you what it was like :