Zappestry - "Zappa tapestry", you heard it here first, folks!
I lost my dad recently (actually, he died, so if he is indeed lost, it's not my fault, the sins of the son shall not be visited on the fathers...), anyway, so I understand the emotion of it for Dweezil.
Anyway, I'm not a big fan of Vai, I'm biased toward the classic tones of Gibson, Fender, Gretsch, Rickenbacker, etc., and more old school amp sounds, and bluesier playing, nevertheless, the point I want to make is:
DWEEZIL'S PLAYING KICKS *&$%! GREAT TONE! (especially important if you're a guitarist...) GREAT CHOPS! GREAT STYLE! THE ENTIRE PACKAGE (regarding his guitar, not what's behind the guitar...). THAT is what makes this show great. Of course, Bozzio is the best drummer I've ever witnessed (on tour with Jeff Beck, '89, Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA). I didn't see the Warfie show, but the clips on the web of Dweezil are smokin'!
Dweezil, please return to either SF, the East Bay (Oakland, etc.), or Sacramento ASAP! I think in general all concert prices are too high for us regular folks, but this is one show would be worth it. I don't think I've seen any shows in the past ten years, the last really memorable shows being the Grateful Dead on a few occasions in the early '90s, Miles Davis at Sacramento Convention Center, late '80s or very early '90s, and Terry Bozzio with Jeff Beck on tour with SRV, whose sound sucked and SRV was completely blown off the stage by JB... no surprise. Anyway...
Keep it up, Dweezil! Keep playing your dad's stuff! I like the fact that you are going to apparently put my FZ guitar playing into the shows than your dad did!!! Less talk, more rock! Shut up and play his guitar! YES!!! I don't want to see politics and don't care to see a comedy show, let it rock!
BTW: I am not a fan of the mothers, and only really dig Hot Rats era up until about '82. After that, the concerts too often sounded rushed, Frank's guitar tone was not as awesome as in the mid-to-late '70s and I could care less about a musician's take on politics and religion, though I respect Frank's right to have an opinion and speak his mind, unequivocally, his words NEVER sounded as good as his GUITAR. MUSIC IS THE BEST.
Pssst... Dweezil... "Black Napkins". The best guitar piece ever performed, never mind Hendrix, Page, Beck, Garcia, Buchannan, Sumlin, Townshend, A. Young, N. Young, Gibbons, Richards, J. Thunders (Yes, I said it!), Segovia, D. Rich, R. Nichols, etc. (even Clapton, ugh), and I DO respect them all. "Black Napkins" is the cherry on top of the world's greatest ever guitar instrumentals!
Dweezil, f*^*^*&^ a! YOU CAN PLAY! FRANK FOREVER!
OPEN THE VAULTS!!! It doesn't matter how crudely recorded (release those for free as downloads, just do it, word of mouth will create the market) or how well recorded (release multi-tracks as nice multi-disk packages, at a FAIR price, ~$15+ one disc, $20+ two discs, $25+ three discs, $30 four discs, not much more than that, if Shut Up were ~$25-30, it'd sell twice the amount it does at $40, trust me, price point is everything to the intelligent consumer, which includes 90% of Zappa fans). Also, sell two-track recordings at fair prices as do the Dead (Dick's Picks, compare and price appropriately), and you'll have a cottage (no cheese, please) industry that will do at least twice what you're doing now. A freak like me will buy nearly EVERY release, IF IT IS PRICED FAIRLY INSTEAD OF BEING AN ATTEMPT TO BANKRUPT ME AND LEAVE ME WITH NO RETIREMENT WHATSOEVER. Intelligent consumers respect AND RECOGNIZE the fine line between rip-off and fair (for both artist AND consumer) price. Don't do it for the love of money, do it for the LOVE OF MUSIC. I don't think any of y'all will go hungry, I've bought near 40-50 FZ releases thus far, and hearing MP3s of concerts on the internet has slaked my thirst for ANY AND ALL GOOD, even decent, ZAPPA LIVE RECORDINGS! (Which would focus most intensely on about '71 thru '78, perhaps up to about '82, for my money).
Good job, Dweezil, keep going... and going... and going... until THE END.
Think about most all the REALLY GREAT MUSICIANS in history, be it classical, jazz, blues, etc., really great musicians don't retire, they die with a sense of dignity, respect, and with many pleasant memories of wonderful musical moments provided for their fans and themselves.