(Side note: first time I've been back at the Tower since Nine Inch Nails in 1994 - shows how music tastes can vary over the years. Adrian Bellew was with NIN at the time though, so I guess it works both ways!
Anyway. What a night - 3+ solid hours of the finest optional entertainment available. So great to be in the presence of other Zappa fanatics. Who knew there are several thousand in the Philly area?? And the band - tight, tight, tight - The Black Page? Eat that Question? Inca Roads? Wow!!
I've seen Project/Object probably a dozen times, and they are fantastic. Ike is a treat to hear each and every show. But hearing Terry up there doing Punky's Whips made my lifelong dream of being in that audience in the "Baby Snakes" video come true... I officially had climbed into the time machine at that point! Vai was fantastic, wailing away it was his time to do so, but playing rythym the rest of the time. Very respectable. Napi can dance and sing like no other - love the moves!!!
Frank would have been proud of everyone though. No one person on that stage tried to steal the spotlight (even though it shone solely on Terry and Steve when they were onstage (?)). So much energy coming from every direction of the stage. I've heard these songs a million times, but I must have laughed out loud 50 times at various lyrics, antics, etc. Good stuff. Other highlights - King Kong (killer jazz guitar solo!), More Trouble Every Day, Zomby Woof.
Dweezil and co, you have done a great service to us all. See you at Halloween and hopefully next year in Philly.