I wanted to share with other Zappa fans my observations of the Zappa Plays Zappa Show which I attended at The Beacon in NYC on June 12th. The room appeared to fill up slowly for this obviously sold out (well in advance) show. Perhaps it was the many numerous Frank Zappa fans who had reasons to cheer and chat about old times before the show. A video started things off with vintage performances by the 1973 era band from The Roxy. The songs were Montana and Dupreeâ€™s Paradise. The crowd continued to filter in as the band performed itâ€™s opening number. The band featured a super animated Napoleon Murphy Brock on sax, flute and lead vocals and dancing. Although several tunes from the very early MOI days were included (Hungry Freaks Daddy, The Idiot Bastard Son and Letâ€™s Make the Water Turn Black) this bandâ€™s sweet spots were clearly in the One Size Fits All, Apostrophe, and Roxy Live Elsewhere songbooks. Backed by an outstanding group of young talent (most notably the multi-instrumentalists in the upper left top of the stage(Sheila Gonzalez on sax, keyboard, flute and vocals) along with (Aaron Arntz on keyboards, trumpet and vocals), the band played flawlessly (Arntzâ€™ almost note-for-note solo George Duke solo was incredible). It was Brock however who carried the beginning of the show with his near perfect renditions of many of that eraâ€™s best (Inca Roads, Florentine Pogan, Cheapnis, Village of the Sun). A new concept of signaling the audience for their participation prolonged King Kong, making it just a bit too much. Brock covered St. Alphonsoâ€™s Pancake Breakfast just as he did in that 1973-74 band. But, I must tell you that something really changed when â€œLittleâ€
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