I posted my review here:
http://www.zappa.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.p ... 0&start=75
But I'll add it anyway:
I've been waiting a long time to write this "review". A lot of thoughts and emotions spooked through my mind after the Belgian show.
But hey, here it is :
First of all, I was really open for the whole concept and I went to the show with great expectations.
A note on the venue/sound:
The sound at Forest National can suck (in Frank's days and nowadays), it really depends on where you are standing or in this case where you were sitting. I know; "Only seats" truly sucks....unless you're sitting at the 2nd row (like myself) The few times the sound lacked to me was when Terry had to sing his first lines. And I must say that Steve's guitarvolume was at some points to low in the mix.
But hey Forest National might not be the best venue for the sound, it still has something magical to me. It's always great to enter this venue.
As I said, I was really open for this tour, because I believe that "now is the time" for it:
* Young people who are really interested in excellent music but are not to familiar with Frank's music should experience Franks music live. Right after Frank's death would have been too soon for many reasons.
* Dweezil is ready for it musically. There's no way to deny the fact that this guy must have really dug into his father's music, he really understands it now and got connected to it, without that he wouldn't been able to do what he does on this tour.
* Dweezil is ready for it on an emotional level; Being able to play his father's compositions, standing on his spot on the stage, being confronted with his father's fans, I think we really shouldn't underestimate this!!!
MUCH respect for the guy and that was the overall vibe at Forest!! But the respect was mutual (you should read Mikey's blogpost on the Belgian show). Dweezil was constantly smiling and nodding. So wonderful to see that happen!
Dweezil brought his fathers music with much respect and kept being himself, he never forced himself to be a fake Frank-clone. Sure he isn't the bandleader like his dad, but so what? He kept it honest and that made it so 'real' to me.
What I experienced that night was a very tight band filled with extraordinary musicians playing some of the most wonderful music.
Mikey, I know that you're one of the busiest guys on this planet but you should put there names on the ZpZ-part of the site!!!
About the special guests? Napi was the only one I never saw live before. But man what an unbelievable talent. He smiled all the time but he made us smile all the time too!!! Terry Bozzio, well as you might know, he's a fucking animal (but that's just a part of the man, you should see him with his soloproject too).
Steve knew his place on this tour. His love & respect towards Frank, Frank's music and Frank's son made him take the role of sideman, bandMEMBER & stuntguitarist. He really enjoyed being on stage (you could see him sing most of the lyrics). About the stuntguitarstuff he did that night. It's the same as for Terry's parts that night, it's just a part of the guy. In a way it's even a bit tricky for Steve to do this. People who discover him for the first time, might think he's just that. If you were lucky enought to attend one of the "Aching Hunger"-shows in Holland, you know he's much more.
The special guests were important to make this tour a fact. They convinced promotors and I guess they convinced some fans to attend the shows.
But I must say, as much as I enjoyed their part, believe me the band on it's own makes the show worthwhile!
So what am I saying? If you don't have tickets yet for one of the shows, get them now because you're in for a treat, no matter who the guests are!
Improvements for the future? Get Ahmet up there! He truly is the other part of Frank's divided soul. Dweezil proved he's more than able to be the skilled and honest musician for the job but Ahmet would be Frank's other part, the crazy super-fun-character. I think he would be a true addition. I think there could be some cool interaction between him & Napi too. Let the fans experience this hilarious talented guy and let Ahmet feel the love of the fans like Dweezil and the whole ZpZ-gang must have felt it in Brussels!!
About some stupid press reviews:
Don't worry. ZpZ is in good company!!! Remember most of those "divine presscreatures" weren't too kind for Frank's music and concerts neither. Some get it, some don't, it's there loss!