I've been thinking about this post for a few weeks now. The post I was going to write this in is no longer around.
This post is not about negativity, I don't want to get in an argument with Trendmonger about authenticity; in fact, I'd rather he not post anything on this thread. I hope some of you do. I hope this does not get deleted, as the underlying sentiment is very positive. It's not about my last ZPZ show in Montreal and how I didn't get my download. I could care less. Dweezil played Dog Breath per my request specifically for me in the warmups. They opened with Imaginary Diseases. He signed my Crunchy Water records. They are the true study of Frank Zappa's music. DZ has such a gift, and such a respect for his father. I cannot wait to see the music kept alive beyond what has already been done, but also expansion in places Frank did not have the time to go. I will accept no substitutes as he is the doctorate, the understudy, the blood, the closest thing to a physical manifestation.
Everyone here agrees that music is the best. We get what our cronies or significant others do not. Zappa. We see, and approach the statistical density and magnitude of what was created and left to us. While he said he did not care about his legacy, it is a part of my everyday life, and I know it is a part of yours. Your participation on this forum is a statement of that within itself.
I am the biggest record collector of Zappa I know. Fucking Zurkon Wax puts me in my place though. I thought I was the biggest fan in Maine too, until a Zappateers profile convinced me otherwise. I met an all knowing and all mighty Zappa fan, greater than myself, and more worthy, more knowledgeable than I ( even though I've read all the books I can, listened to ANYTHING [to get 50 bucks], and have been putting boogers on my bedroom window). The thread where he mentioned the show is gone and I don't want to get him associated with my post, but he is BillyDaMtn.
Now, this night in question, I think I lived up to the America Drinks and Goes Home sentiment. But, the night before, I called BillyDaMtn, and a few buddies. I'd never met him.
Why did I call them. Because I had booked 4 tickets to see Project Object, with Ike Willis, Ray White, Andre, and the band at Regatta Jazz bar. I got the first tics.
Now, the best show I ever saw, was the first tour with Ray in Hampton Beach NH, where Ray sang greasy children and the band did somewhat of a xenochrony tour and the band was tight. seen every tour but got very excited for this thing.
I saw the first tour too, but this show with ZPZ just coming out with Ray, fucking did it for me.
So I bring you now.....years later to an announcement with Ike and Ray, and I've got tics to the front row. I'm at the regatta jazz bar. I can touch Ray and Ike. I've got a guy that I've never met, bigger fan than I, and we are experiencing Project Object. If you are still with me, this is the crux of the biscuit.
Ike, who smoked a butt with us before hand, Ray, who was sippin some red wine, and Andre, who made this whole thing happen, were incredibly modest.
They fucking rocked. Amazing. These guys made me feel that I was a part of all those shows in the 80's. It is so good to see these guys together. I felt like there was no substitute for this.
Now remember this is only my opinion. Andre, as much as DZ has contempt, made this magical moment happen. Everyone can say what they will, but, he shows the ultimate respect for FZ. His solos are authentic, his management is right on, and the band is fucking awesome. His inca solo was so respectful that I was left with nothing but admiration for a guy that has dedicated his life to the music of FZ. I don't need to say anything more for Ike and Ray. btw, the rest of the p/o band was fucking tight.
And that's what it boils down to. We all dedicate our lives to the music in our own way. I have the utmost respect for DZ, Ben, Scheila, Pete, Billy, Jamie, and Joe.... but goddammit,
and the rest are doing a service
not a disservice
they have given their life to do this, and I can garunfuckintee you it has nothing to do with money.
The only thing I could keep thinking as I watched Ike and Ray together again is that DZ should be playing for them, because there is no substitute.
Andre made this happen, and he has never met me. He doesn't care. He loves the music more than I do. More than BillyDaMtn Does. More than you do.
How could that be a bad thing?