Zappa.com

The Official Frank Zappa Messageboards
It is currently Mon Jul 28, 2014 8:54 pm

All times are UTC - 8 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 124 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Author Message
PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2009 5:23 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun Aug 31, 2003 2:41 pm
Posts: 14765
I vaguely remember hearing it on a news report while I was at work. That was a low year for me anyway and the news might not have made much impact.

_________________
One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 3:45 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Nov 07, 2005 6:07 pm
Posts: 5691
Location: Closer than I Appear
I was at work. Xyqa/Doochessofprunes worked at the same place, and I had recently rekindled her interest in Zappa via a bunch of mixed tapes. My friend called me at work and told me - it was probably Monday morning. I hung up the phone, and xyqa came over to my desk, and I told her: "Frank's dead." We were kind of bummed that day.

_________________
Let's hear it again for the London Philharmonic Orchestra!


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 6:46 am 
Offline

Joined: Sat Apr 22, 2006 11:33 am
Posts: 3516
I have a really sick, morbid joke to insert here but will restrain myself.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 2:35 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sat Dec 16, 2006 4:04 pm
Posts: 252
Location: Washington DC
I was watching John Zorn in a solo sax performance at Roulette in NYC the moment Frank was supposed to have passed. Found out from an early morning phone call the following Monday, went straight to Howard Stern and it cheered me up a little, despite some nasty jokes about sphincters and cigarettes. Stern kind of summed it up by saying that the world is a less interesting place without Frank Zappa.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 11:41 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:33 am
Posts: 52
I wasn't alive then. But i wish i was but at the same time i don't.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 6:26 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Jul 10, 2008 8:24 am
Posts: 1654
Location: The Dangerous Kitchener
I was cutting bushline in an occasionally frozen swamp north of Port Perry when my friend, who was drying out in the truck back at the road, heard it on the radio. He called me on the walkie and told me that 'that Zappa guy you're always playing died of cancer'. It made my shitty day shittier and I remember that I got home, got wasted and listened to Zappa all night. Then I didn't want to hear any music for weeks afterwards. It just threw the current top 40 radio pablum into such stark relief.

_________________
When the going gets weird the weird turn pro - HST

Miasma!


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 6:54 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Aug 22, 2002 12:58 pm
Posts: 2142
Location: Birmingham, AL
I was only 10 years old at the time, but I was familiar enough with his music to be bummed out. I'd heard my dad mention to me a few months prior that Frank was dying, so it wasn't a huge shock when my mom was reading the newspaper that night and said, "Oh, Frank Zappa died." The next night, one of the local radio stations did an hour-long tribute, inviting listeners to call in with their requests. It was fun hearing stuff like "Bobby Brown" and "Dinah Moe Hum" played uncensored over the airwaves.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 5:31 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Mar 05, 2009 5:48 pm
Posts: 18803
Location: Somewhere in time
It was my first winter in Nor-Cal when my wife and I restarted from scratch (hell it was less than scratch). I was working construction still and I was riding a bike to the site since we had one car and my wife used it for work and school. It was cold as hell and I rode home to warm my feet by the wall heater, she heard it on the radio and knew I would be there and called me. All I could think was life sucks, I also remember the TV coverage was shit up her.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 12:17 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun Nov 03, 2002 8:06 pm
Posts: 1992
Location: Canada
I still dont believe he is dead.

_________________
'N then I might just Jump back on An' ride Like a cowboy Into the dawn to Montana


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:39 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Dec 20, 2007 4:35 pm
Posts: 49
Location: At St. Alphonso's
I was 5 when he died and I first heard his music when i was 7.

_________________
I Am What I Are


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:24 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Sep 05, 2002 6:21 am
Posts: 210
I just reread this thread for the first time in 5 years.
I found it interesting that nearly everyone here interpreted the subject as "Where were you when you heard that Frank Zappa died", which, for most older folks here, was sometime on 6 December 1993; whereas I took the subject line literally as to where I was at around 6 PM PST 4 December 1993 when I was oblivious to the fact that FZ had just died. Answers to the former, of course, elicit shared emotional responses; answers to the latter I think reveal a curious juxtaposition of random events.

_________________
Bill


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 3:24 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Aug 22, 2002 12:58 pm
Posts: 2142
Location: Birmingham, AL
Bill wrote:
I just reread this thread for the first time in 5 years.
I found it interesting that nearly everyone here interpreted the subject as "Where were you when you heard that Frank Zappa died", which, for most older folks here, was sometime on 6 December 1993; whereas I took the subject line literally as to where I was at around 6 PM PST 4 December 1993 when I was oblivious to the fact that FZ had just died. Answers to the former, of course, elicit shared emotional responses; answers to the latter I think reveal a curious juxtaposition of random events.


Ha, you're right! Where was I when he actually died? Probably at home doing homework or something.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 4:58 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sat Feb 24, 2007 7:14 am
Posts: 18516
Location: Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA
That was 2pm, on a Saturday afternoon.
I was at home, high on marrijuwanna, listening to records.

_________________
You're probably wondering why I'm here
(not that it makes a heck of a lot of a difference to ya)
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 11:15 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Nov 07, 2005 6:07 pm
Posts: 5691
Location: Closer than I Appear
just plain doug wrote:
That was 2pm, on a Saturday afternoon.
I was at home, high on marrijuwanna, listening to records.


I'm pretty sure I was doing at least one of those three things too.

_________________
Let's hear it again for the London Philharmonic Orchestra!


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 6:36 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Mar 05, 2009 5:48 pm
Posts: 18803
Location: Somewhere in time
Bill wrote:
I just reread this thread for the first time in 5 years.
I found it interesting that nearly everyone here interpreted the subject as "Where were you when you heard that Frank Zappa died", which, for most older folks here, was sometime on 6 December 1993; whereas I took the subject line literally as to where I was at around 6 PM PST 4 December 1993 when I was oblivious to the fact that FZ had just died. Answers to the former, of course, elicit shared emotional responses; answers to the latter I think reveal a curious juxtaposition of random events.



Bill your over thinking it, unless it was a major live event then you would not remember the moment only when you heard about it. Like you we did not find out until Monday and up here the coverage of Frank was crap, I am sure it was taken more seriously in LA. As to figuring out where I was and what I was doing on the Saturday before...good luck, hell I don't even remember what I had for breakfast this morning...LOL.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 7:57 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Sep 05, 2002 6:21 am
Posts: 210
Plook wrote:
Bill wrote:
I just reread this thread for the first time in 5 years.
I found it interesting that nearly everyone here interpreted the subject as "Where were you when you heard that Frank Zappa died", which, for most older folks here, was sometime on 6 December 1993; whereas I took the subject line literally as to where I was at around 6 PM PST 4 December 1993 when I was oblivious to the fact that FZ had just died. Answers to the former, of course, elicit shared emotional responses; answers to the latter I think reveal a curious juxtaposition of random events.



Bill your over thinking it, unless it was a major live event then you would not remember the moment only when you heard about it. Like you we did not find out until Monday and up here the coverage of Frank was crap, I am sure it was taken more seriously in LA. As to figuring out where I was and what I was doing on the Saturday before...good luck, hell I don't even remember what I had for breakfast this morning...LOL.


From 24 Dec 2003 20:55, second post in this thread
Bill wrote:
I was at the movies most likely, which was my Saturday night routine back then (Frank died about 9PM Eastern Time). Coincidentally, I had played guitar along with the Joe's Garage recording of Watermelon earlier that day.<br><br>I didn't hear about Frank dying until I was driving to work Monday morning. That's when I recalled what I had played on Saturday.<br><br>Bill<br>

_________________
Bill


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 11:23 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Dec 29, 2005 1:40 am
Posts: 3493
Location: The Blue Light
I have no idea. All I know is that I read about it later on in a book. Somehow I was aware of it before then.

_________________
Country music + Black music = Rock and Roll


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 11:30 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sat Sep 28, 2002 4:25 am
Posts: 3428
Location: SANTA MARIA,CA USA
i was at a christmas parade, taking a picture of my nephew about that time. so, when i got it back from the drug store (and on subsequent viewings), i had a very mixed feeling. happy/sad, maybe even bittersweet.

_________________
One two, buckle my shoe!


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 1:21 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Wed Jul 30, 2008 1:24 pm
Posts: 1707
Location: Birmingham, AL
In Florida, visiting family. I was still in junior high school.

_________________
NJP


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 12:19 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Oct 22, 2013 10:18 pm
Posts: 26
I wasn't alive yet :cry:


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 12:41 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sun May 09, 2010 3:50 am
Posts: 66
In Senegal, on vacation.
I heard there that he'd died and knowing he was terminally ill, it didn't come as a shock.
Still, I'd prefer it if he were still alive, cranking out albums by the dozens.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 10:23 am 
Offline

Joined: Sun Nov 17, 2013 8:12 am
Posts: 34
That was a very rough time in my life, losing one job, then another, then getting another... trying to stay in my apartment... I just don't remember other than I had already had in my possession an LA Times article my brother had sent me interviewing Frank about his illness and his battle against it. So I was not surprised either, still I had always wanted to have a chance to write-in his name on the Presidential ballot... I missed my chance in '92 because I was in the hospital on election day... Needless to say I was disappointed that I would never get to do that....


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 11:14 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Nov 12, 2013 4:29 pm
Posts: 1188
Location: south midlands, UK
I was living in Sydney having emigrated there 14 months before. I had a night on the piss.
I was playing in a band called 'attractive smoker premiums', doing weird stuff in odd times. Pete Miller on Chapman stick, me on guitar and flute, plus drummer. Band folded when Pete had heart surgery. Reformed again as 'tion' once I'd kicked his ass out of bed.
TT

_________________
and I know, I think
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:57 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sun Nov 17, 2013 8:12 am
Posts: 34
'Tion' is a great band name.... after all, our appreciation of Frank has only grown since his passing.... :wink:


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 124 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5

All times are UTC - 8 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group