First off - this was my 4th ZPZ show and once again, I left the show barely able to touch my feet to the ground! I saw the 2006 tour with Napoleon Murphy Brock, Terry Bozzio & Steve Vai, the 2007 tour with Ray White, the 2008 Roxy show with Ray (the night they video taped - please release this soon DZ!!! I am in the trailer on YouTube!) and lastly, tonight's show.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wb-b4s-0ps
I list these shows to clarify that I have personally witnessed the amazing growth of this band. Like Mr Creosote, I am a huge fan and agree completely with his assessment of this performance. This was my first night seeing Ben front the band, and I really enjoyed his performance. He fits in very well with this long established and tight unit called ZPZ. Also it was my first time seeing Chris appear with the band, a fine keyboard player indeed and although I really thought Aaron was the guy, Chris brings his own chops and vibe to a difficult job indeed.
Now to my personal highlights:
The band hit the ground running at the Musicbox and sounded awesome from downbeat. Kudos to the sound crew, it was an excellent mix. I stood right in front of DZ on the floor 3/4 back from the stage. Scheila scorched her solo in Gumbo and never fails to make my heart flutter! Next - Apostrophe has long been a fave of mine and I knew I was going to hear it all... what a joy! DZ sharing the solo spot for Cosmik Debris with his Pop was even better this tour! Dweezil has really dialed in his tone and playing, and words fail at describing what a great player he has become.
What I did NOT know was George Duke was the special guest... OMFG! When Dweezil introduced him, my head nearly exploded!!! His story of the call to join and then FZ's request to only play triads was truly funny, and Joe T's face was priceless! I feel truly blessed to have been there tonight. Echidna’s Arf (Of You) always kills me live and Billy was as epic as ever. But hearing & seeing Mr. Duke perform Inca Roads was WAYYYY beyond anything I have experienced at any ZPZ show. Like Scheila said in tonight's performance of Inca Roads; "My face hurts... I have perma-grin!"
Some other highlights for me were DZ reminding us that today (12-4) was the 17th anniversary of FZ's passing... (We miss you Frank!) Then Joe Travers Drum Solo... PLOOK ME IN THE BUTT DUDE! What an amazing drummer he is. Oh and Scheila doing Valley Girl word for freekin word was so great! Her additional lyrics about sexting and Facebook at the end were really funny and she like totally nailed it like fer sure ohmigawd! Ben's reference of zircon encrusted tweezers during Dinah-Moe Humm had me howling outloud! Lastly seeing them do Eat That Question with George Duke made my knees weak and even better, Titties 'N Beer was just too cool because Zappa in New York was the first FZ LP I bought with my own money as a kid. The second verse Ben sang tonight was something I never heard before, and I really loved it! Jamie was spot on with the Terry Bozzio part and Ben was hilarious! Video cameras were rolling tonight as well, and I hope they release it... (After SON OF ROXY AND ELSEWHERE, please Dweezil?).
Here's the set list:
Don't Eat The Yellow Snow
Nanook Rubs It
St. Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast
Cosmik Debris [KCET video FZ vocal and solo]
Apostrophe [Pete’s bass solo was stellar!]
Uncle Remus [KCET video FZ solo and special guest George Duke]
RDNZL [solos by George Duke, Scheila, Billy & Jamie]
Pygmy Twilight [George Duke]
Echidna’s Arf (Of You) [George Duke]
Inca Roads [George Duke *I never thought I would see it!]
Joe Travers Drum Solo
Keep it Greasy
Valley Girl [Scheila texting & chewing gum]
I Promise Not to Come in Your Mouth
Cruisin’ for Burgers
Eat That Question [George Duke]
Titties ‘N Beer (aka Chrissy Puked Twice) [Jamie as the Devil]
Muffin Man [MTV video of FZ vocal and solo. The toilet paper toss was great tonight!]
IT WAS EPIC!!!!! THANK YOU ZPZ.