Sunday, September 30, 2012


a message from Dweezil Zappa

Hello Friends and fellow music enthusiasts lurking about,

I hope you don't mind me reaching out to you about some exciting news. I wanted to share a few things with you about our upcoming Zappa Plays Zappa tour as well as a new collection of songs from the FOH series that will be available in time for the tour and for Christmas.

First the tour! We are off to the UK and Europe in November and will be packing our rocking teenage combo gear carefully so that we can be sure to give it everything we've got out there on the stage. I am very excited about the new material we will be playing and the new guitar sounds I have created. More on the tunes a bit later...

As for the US in December, there are a number of fans we've heard from over the years who have asked if we could come closer to them so they don't have to travel as far from their self-described "geographically challenged" locations. (Incidentally I heard that a lot from folks in Wales in the UK and we're going there too) We are excited about the opportunity to come play in some of these legendary locations for the first time ever. We'll be migratory minstrels hoping to entice the locals to join us for a great night of music in Fargo ND, Council Bluffs IA, Boise ID, and Missoula Montana! (complete tour dates can be found here: and

Playing "Montana" in Montana will be a surreal moment for us... how about you? Be sure to floss!
I bet you might be asking yourself what else might ZPZ be playing that will make this tour different from the other tours? Well my answer to you is, Zappa Plays Zappa will be playing a show that could be best described as a decades show. We are playing a selection of material from 3 different decades, 60s, 70s, 80s, and we will be premiering some more new material we have never performed before including an orchestral piece that I have wanted to play since I started this project in 2006. Think 200 Motels... Besides that there are a few nice surprises we'll be throwing in from some of my favorite FZ records.

I always endeavor to balance the show with fan favorites as well as make room for some of your potential new favorites you might not have heard yet. I hope to see you out on the road in November and December!
On to new music that will be available! Besides the exciting new availability of the Frank Zappa catalog we are pleased to announce the new Zappa Plays Zappa FOH series recording called "Out Of Obscurity". It features a selection of performances from the February 2011 tour. (For complete info on the FOH series: Scott Thunes is performing on bass. The majority of the songs were premiere songs on that tour and many were exclusive to that tour.

The intimate sound of the record almost puts you, the listener, on stage with us. With a large percentage of songs selected from the first few Frank Zappa and the Mothers Of Invention records there is a distinctly different feel to this collection of songs. I'm pleased to hear the musical growth and development within the band as well. I hope you enjoy the CD and I look forward to seeing you all out on tour.

Regards, DZ

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