Sunday, March 15, 2015


The Banned From Utopia is planning a European tour from October until November 21.


RAY WHITE – vocals, guitar (Frank Zappa 1976-84 / Edwin Hawkins Singers, Zero)

ROBERT (BOBBY) MARTIN – vocals, keyboard, saxophone, French horn, harmonica (Frank Zappa 1981-88 / Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Wilson Pickett, Eric Burdon, Leo Kottke, Prince, Stevie Nicks)

TOM FOWLER – bass, violin (Frank Zappa 1973-78 / It's A Beautiful Day, Captain Beefheart, Jean-Luc Ponty, Ray Charles, Steve Hackett, Hildegard Knef, Elton John)

ALBERT WING – saxophones, flute (Frank Zappa 1988 / Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Diana Ross, Flo & Eddie, Rosanne Cash, Shuggie Otis, George Benson)

Joel Taylor – drums (Stanley Clarke, Allan Holdsworth, Al Di Meola, Robben Ford, Herb Alpert)

Jamie Kime – guitar (Zappa Plays Zappa, Michelle Branch, Jewel)

Frank Zappa is one of the twentieth century’s most important composers. His works of more than eighty albums is by far the most voluminous and versatile of the entire generation rock (encompassing of course jazz as well as avant-garde, contemporary classical and orchestral music!) – even though his untimely death in 1993 left him with only half the time that was allowed to the Dylan-Jagger-Bowie-or-Springsteens.

In 2015 Frank Zappa would have turned 75. High time to acknowledge his emormous legacy! And who would be as fit to do so as the incredible musicians he himself had recruited for his band?

For this special anniversary a whole bunch of the most popular Zappa collaborators are back to turn the complexity of his compositions from syllabus material at the music academies into blistering experiences in the world’s concert venues again. Including Ray White and Bobby Martin, two lead singers who were held in high esteem by the great master for many years. Or Tom Fowler, the man who opened Zappa’s door for three brothers before he went on to become Ray Charles’ last bass player for well over a decade...

As Banned From Utopia, referring to Frank Zappa's album "The Man From Utopia", they please the connoisseurs and convert the curious into dedicated fans. Having played on innumerable Mothers / Zappa albums, the musicians of this virtuoso fusion ensemble are performing classics from all eras. Suffused with the authenticity of their deep Zappa history. They can do that on stage still. And there's no way of getting closer to the original!

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