Frank Zappa fans finally have something to cheer about. His oldest son, Dweezil, has put together tribute concert and tour honoring his late father and his vast legacy of music. He did his dad proud. We were treated to three solid hours of musical acrobatics. Dweezil has assembled a crack team of young musicians who were up to the task of playing some of the most complicated modern music ever composed. And just to throw fuel on the fire, Dweezil recruited three veterans from former Zappa bands. Napoleon Murphy Brock goes way back to the early days with the Mothers and sang with Zappa up through the mid 70's. His voice added that touch of authenticity that was needed. You could close your eyes and get a real sense of what it must have been like to have been at a Frank Zappa concert. The second half of the show was dominated by Terry Bozio and Steve Via. For as good as the core band was, these two were clearly on another level. They had a "we were there" kind of attitude and had chops out the poop chute. Which was a good thing because Dweezil did not take the easy way out when it came to picking songs. Here is a sample from the set list: Who Needs The Brain Police?, Idiot Bastard Son, Montana, Zombie Woof, Peaches En Regalia, Advanced Romance, I'm So Cute, Trying To Grow A Chin, Punky's Whips, The Black Page and a good portion of Apostrophe. My personal highlight was Punky's Whips from the Baby Snakes movie. Dweezil and Via got in a couple of great guitar duels. Dweezil had his dad's style and tone down and even played Frank's old SG. It was a great show and my hat's off to Dweezil. This was quite an undertaking that he didn't have to do but you could tell that this was important to him. Dweezil, you made your old man proud.
(This review was initially posted on H's Doghouse @ www.howardsstuff.typepad.com