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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2016 7:43 pm 
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In case anyone is interested, since Bowie kicked the bucket AB has been posting a lot about Bowie and FZ over on Facebook. It's pretty good reading, especially about Frank's reaction to AB moving over to Bowie's band.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2016 11:24 am 
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Ronny's Noomies wrote:
In case anyone is interested, since Bowie kicked the bucket AB has been posting a lot about Bowie and FZ over on Facebook. It's pretty good reading, especially about Frank's reaction to AB moving over to Bowie's band.


And it has been getting some incredible amount of hits, too! Sadly, Frank doesn't look good on any of these, and I find this sad. It lowers the standards and the ability of a lot of players all around.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2016 2:21 pm 
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Frank doesn't look good on any of these, and I find this sad. It lowers the standards and the ability of a lot of players all around.

Well, Frank's not God.
I pity the soul who thinks he is !

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belew tells the story

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 4:02 pm 
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Interesting story but this shit is going on 8 years old .

Where was everybody back then ?

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2016 6:09 am 
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I saw this on Adrian's Facebook today:


did I ever see frank again? yes, many times. whenever I was in L.A. I would visit his house.

my last time seeing frank zappa face to face
was just months before his death in December 1993.
I went to the zappa abode for a short visit.
he looked shocking and grey-haired.
frank was obviously ill, his voice a whisper.
instead of the strong vibrant frank I knew
there was a much older man.
only 52 but seeming very weak and tired.
in place of his usual habit of chain-drinking espresso
and cigarettes,
he was sipping orange juice freshly squeezed by his maid.
frank talked about his latest project.
the conversation drifted off.
I felt a tinge of guilt taking his time.
soon he excused himself to rest for a while.
our interlude was over.

I prefer to remember a different ending.
one night in late 1992 I woke up from a vivid dream.
I looked at the clock. 6 AM.
I couldn't get back to sleep.
in my dream frank and I were laughing and talking,
having a lively conversation about music and things.
it felt good, like a friendship.

since I couldn't sleep I went downstairs
and sat in a chair, replaying the dream.
there was no such thing as e-mail then,
about the fastest delivery was by fax.
so I decided to send a fax to frank.
in my fax I told him about the dream.
then I said I had never properly thanked him
for all he had done for me
and I wanted say "thanks".
I had no idea at that time that frank was ill and dying.

later that afternoon I got a call.
it was frank. what a great surprise!
he said to me, "that was sweet, adrian".
that's the word he used: sweet.
not a word you would normally associate
with the acerbic edgy satirist.

we proceeded then to have a wonderful conversation
much like the one in my dream.

and that's the way I remember frank.

https://www.facebook.com/AdrianBelew/?fref=nf

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 11:56 am 
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NicHoLai wrote:
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we proceeded then to have a wonderful conversation
much like the one in my dream.

and that's the way I remember frank.
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https://www.facebook.com/AdrianBelew/?fref=nf


Very nice ... and this I can handle and enjoy ... it's magnificent and feels a lot more like the "real" Frank, than the "famous" Frank or anyone else!

I think Frank appreciated the musicianship that many folks gave him and his music ...

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