I'm a 30 plus year fan and veteran of many Zappa concerts who has shared this music with my 12 year old son for the past 3 years. He's even known at his Jr. High as "Frank Zappa" by the principal and teachers.
My son has devoured this music and is learning to play it on guitar (actually reading from sheet music!). This effort is paying off in both his playing and comprehension of composed music. When I saw that this show was being scheduled, I knew we had to go.
At any rate, we attended the show along with a few friends including my son's guitar instructor, another rabid fan.
I was a little nervous before attending the show, thinking that this might be just a hollow rendition of some of my fondest memories. How wrong could I have been!
Dweezil has put together a band that I think even his Dad would have been comfortable with. We were really impressed by Dweezil's playing, and more so, the feeling he put into his playing. The other members of the band were all of the caliber you would expect of a Zappa lineup. If you're worried that a band of "unknowns" could pull something like this off, think back and you'll realize that Napolean, Terry, and Steve were all "unknowns" when the they started with Frank and look at them now. Being a drummer, I was absolutley blown away by Joe Travers and each and every member of the band could have made the "cut" with Frank. A fine group that really know how to work together.
The songlist consisted of a lot of early-mid seventies stuff and almost the entire Roxy and Elsewhere album was represented. Also included were some of the older songs like "Let's Make the Water turn Black" and a few of the early 80's pieces.
Napolean has always been my favorite as far as vocalists go, and his inclusion on the bill was the perfect choice. It's amazing that this man hasn't changed, as far as vocal ability and showmanship, in 30 years.
I saw Terry for the first time at a concert in London in '78? and his energy hasn't diminished a bit since then. The Black Page was incredible!
Stevie, as usual, played his rear off. Even with all his post-Zappa success, he was able to mix in and played like a band member rather than a star making a cameo.
We all had a fantastic time and it was a amazing to look over and see my son singing along; I didn't realize he knew ALL
Dweezil, thanks for putting this together, my son and I couldn't have spent a more enjoyable evening together!!! Please schedule another Detroit show.