Joined: Fri Feb 25, 2005 4:19 pm
Location: Texas Motel
From an email posted on united-mutations.com (The paragraphs are mine to make it a little easier to read):
dear patrick, here is how i met zappa and got in the band: i heard about the auditions from a friend of mine who was a keyboardist. he gave me frank's management number. i called and they screened me right away. after they found out that i had recorded with mingo lewis of santana, jazz-fusionist jakob magnusson, and had replaced steve gadd in michel columbie's band, they let me come down to joe's garage to audition. there were about five guys there that day. i just went to meet a legend, never thinking i might get a chance to make the band. frank immediately said," you have to have big ears, be able to read, and be able to play rock."
there was a drum kit already set up and the band (ike willis-guitar/vocals, ray white-guitar/vocals, tommy mars-keys. and arthur barrow-bass) began to play an odd meter (alternating7/8-3/16 groove) without frank and without any warning or cues. frank handed the sticks to the first guy and said, "play!" i saw what was happening and went to the end of the line immediately. the first guy could not figure out the time signature, so within 10 seconds frank stopped the band and said, "thanks for coming down!" i thought-holy shit! by the time he got to me at the end, i had figured out the groove and i found one and began to play.
so, frank asked me to come back the next day. there were even more guys that day! big name guys were coming in from all over-la, new york,etc. i slipped back to the end of the line again. when he got to me, he wanted me to sight read the black page. about 2 lines into it i stopped. frank said,"what's wrong?' i replyed that it was too hard to sight read, but i could probably figure it out. he said that vinnie sight read it and i said, "bullshit. no one could sight read this." frank still insisted. (vinnie later told me that he had memorized it from the live rendition that terry bozzio had recorded). so much for the sight read, but frank said,"you can't read." i insisted that i could and asked to read another piece, which he declined, so i picked another piece of music off of the stack and read it. he liked that and asked me to come back again. the next day, it was-play some rock- no jazz stuff.
well, i grew up playing in tons of hard rock bands, so that was a breeze. alot of the other big name guys were jazzers, funkists, studio cats that couldn't do the rock thing. i had been very quiet during all of this, so frank came up to me and said,"do you even want this gig?" i still didn't think i had a chance-not after all the horror stories about how demanding frank could be(he used to be a drummer before he turned to guitar). i told him,"yeah."
then frank calls me days later saying that they were going into full production rehearsals and it was between me and one other guy. he would have this other guy go first and then me. well, the day that they were to start, i get another call from frank,"this other guy cracked. we took a break for lunch and he never came back! can you come first thing tomorrow?" so, i brought my kit and he called out a tune. i didn't know it. frank called another tune. didn't know it. he calls out one more. nope. (i had not listened to him since overnight sensation). frank says,"what do you know of mine?" we played some tunes off of overnight. he tried some new stuff on me and then offered me the job. i couldn't believe it! of course this all came about because vinnie had tried to squeeze a raise out of frank just before a tour and frank fired him.
i had to learn a 2 hour show in 10 days! it may not have been the mother's of invention anymore, but it was the brother's of retention! ha! i had a great time doing it, knowing that i would go through the revolving door, but it was the best musical experience of my life. frank was very demanding, but he was honest, fair, and not hard to get along with at all. he treated me great and we remained close even after i went on to do tv and studio work. i am glad that i stopped by his house about 6 months before he died. it was great to pay my respect to him while he was still alive. may he rest in peace.....david logeman
I thought Dave added a straightforward rock approach to FZ's compositions that really worked great. I would have liked to see him mature with Frank for a few years. His talent was every bit capable of working with Frank, and I guess it's not that
horrible a thing to lose your seat to Vinnie Colaiuta...