In addition to the above setlist I would like to mention that I heard the intro to Filthy Habits in there during King Kong. I know I can't be the only one who heard this....Dweezil was signaling to the audience during that time. Speaking of King Kong, during this piece I heard alot of Make a Jazz Noise Here style jazz improvisation. This part of the show was completely unexpected and very pleasurable!!!!! The band really showed how tight they were.
Other highlights of the show was Steve Vai's "full body guitar seizure feedback" antics during Zomby Woof. My son (who's 15 and was his first concert experience) told me that SV's solo was basically Vai's "Bad Horsie" solo minus the horse sounds. The solo during "Peaches" was splendid as well.
I particulary enjoyed the Black Page #1 & #2, Eat that Question, and expecially, More Trouble Every Day which included the SV & DZ solo exchange and Bozzio's amazing solo! I heard quite a bit of "Hands with a Hammer" in that solo.....anyone else pick up on that?
As stated above, there were alot of people getting up and down during the show that was slightly irritating but not nearly as much as the predicted drunks talking during the show. Before the gig started I told my son to expect talkers sitting next to us and disrupting the show. Viola!!!! as the show started loud, obnoxious drunks who were comparing the show to a Jethro Tull concert were getting on my nerves really bad, fortunately the band drowned them out and the heat rising to the balcony of the Oprheum made them go away, Thankfully!!!!! Another irritant was the guy taking photos with his cell phone. After about 10 or 15 minutes of his phone glaring in my eyes, I tapped him on the shoulder and asked him if he was going to be taking photos during the entire show. He said he was taking only a few pics to email to his friends and he kindly put his phone away during the show. The show was bliss after that.
OH!!! forgot to mention that while locating the venue, on foot, we happened upone the tour bus and found Steve Vai signing autographs so I introduced him to my son and asked if he could have his autograph which Vai obliged us and was quite a pleasant man.
Since the show ended I've been trying to formulate and articulate my experience. Although difficult I would like to express that having experienced a FZ show back in '84 at the very same venue and couple project object gigs, and listening to Zappa for a very very long time, I gotta say that Dweezil's band expresses Franks music better than some of the bands of FZ's. For me, Project Object is a well rehearsed band that plays FZ's music that contains the Ike Willis element found in the last 10 years of Frank's music but with a key elements missing, Zappa, and bad attitudes.
Remember FZ said that he almost liked working with musicians rather than a synclavier? The operative word being, "almost", due to bad attitudes of musicians???? Well, I think DZ is much smarter than most of us give him credit for. DZ chose young, talented, and zealous musicians that realize the great opportunity they've been given and have decided to give their all rather than sit back with that feeling of entitlement and give us a half-hearted rendition of FZ's music. No, this band has taken it a step beyond and I hope Dweezil has his father's ability to fire people immediately once they lose heart and don't give it their all or appreciate what opportunity they have been given. The future looks very, very bright for Dweezil and whom ever has the opportunity to play for/with him. Still, I'm able to articulate the feeling that Dweezil brings to the table that no one on the planet can, Zappa in pure form. Zappa Concentrate, Zappa the next generation.
Although Zappa seem's to be more associated with Mother's, for obvious reasons, DZ and co. have bridged the generational gap between father and son as well. Father and son, mother and child, parent and kids were ever present at the show. For me, this was one of most memorable treasures I could expect to share with my son. This was a dream, I never knew was possible, that came true!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the Zappa Family and to the other fans out there who enjoy true musicianship and love of FZ's music. Lastly, I love you Leigh for giving me the best Father's day gift ever, ZPZ tix at the Orpheum!!!!!! YOU SOOOOOO ROCK, babygirl!
p.s. I would like to know the musical backgrounds of the core band? I know there are a couple that are punk rockers at the core. The punk aggressiveness was present in the music, was it not?
Until the next gig.....
ronco's new bondage in a bottle, it won't crack it won't peel it won't bite, and of course a new....car.