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 Post subject: 30 December, 2006: Cabazon, CA
PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 8:08 pm 
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Did you attend the show at the Key Club in Cabazon, CA?

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Please do not post in this thread if you did not attend this show.

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 Post subject: Time
PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 9:55 pm 
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What time does tonight's show start? Thanks, Tom Morgan


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The Cabazon show was incredible... I don't recall the full set list but it seemed pretty consistant with the Portland set with no cut songs. I think the highlight of the show for me was the energy of NPB and the unbelievable playing of Stevie.. The best songs were Inca Roads.. the lead guitar duet during Peaches... and Regyptian Strut. One funny part of the show was when Dwezil dedicated The Torture Never Stops to Sadam Hussain.

The section with Terry Bozzio seemed to drag a bit.. the songs didn't seem as tight as the rest of the set and his vocals were almost non-existant because of a very poor sound mix on his mike.. The sound was a bit muddy for the entire show and all the vocals were lacking enough ampflication.

Dwezils Frank guitar was very cool...

San Berdoo Gary


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I've been racking my brain trying to come up with something to add to all the positive reviews I have been reading throughout the past weeks, but I just don't have anything much to add that hasn't been already said. The show fully exceeded my expectations!!

After a late start (around 8:07pm) they got the ball rolling with the standard setlist you all have no doubt seen. I was (as expected) blown away. This band is so tight and fun to watch.

Thanks especially to:
Scheila G. who blew that sax like her life depended on it, and the background vox and energy she brought was just great.

Pete Griffin for bringing the low end so effortlessly on such complex compositions...that can't be as easy as he makes it look.

Joe Travers who has a great set of dw drums which, if you haven't figured it out, he knows how to use. What chops, and for over 3 hours he brought the heat.

Terry Bozzio. Terry. T. Whazzup with this guy, oh my god. Is that a drum set or a space station? Being a drummer I was especially pleased that he was able to play his kit with BOTH arms this time around. I was just speechless. It's amazing what he can do, 'nuff said.

Steve Vai really shredded, of course. This is Stevie Vai we're talking about, right? He makes it look so easy and seemed to really enjoy trading licks with.....

Dweezil. Not much to say here that is new. Just thank you, thank you, thank you. You and your ZPZ band are one of the best things going, so do keep the ball rolling.

Napoleon Murphy Brock is just filled with boundless energy and it is so nice to see Zappa alumni so involved with this project. He has so much fun on stage, and it comes through and spreads to the crowd.

All in all a great night of music. I managed to get a Vai pick and a used (and broken) Bozzio stick. I will cherish these items. You guys ALL rock!

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 Post subject: Good and Evil
PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2006 6:07 pm 
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First of all - the show was great. I give Dweezil an A+ for the effort to further the availability of the Zappa music to new generations. When I discovered Zappa as a high school student in the late 1970's, I was the youngest person listening to this music. I saw Frank at Dartmouth in the late 1970's, then again twice in the early 1980's in Dallas. Standing in line last night, I was proud to see so many younger folks lining up to see his music live.

Second - unfortunately - the venue completely sucked. The audience was a very nice group of folks but the Key Club staff and Cabazon Casino security handled these people poorly. Not mention we were inside a smoke filled second rate casino in the middle of nowhere. Specifically, we traveled 2 hours by car (while on vacation in CA from Florida) to get to the show early. Instead of a 6pm opening, we were herded like cattle into the casino floor and told to stand against a wall for almost 90 minutes. When I finally approached the will call booth to obtain tickets a security guard separated me from my wife and only allowed me to approach the heavily guarded ticket counter alone. When we finally got in, there was virtually nowhere to see other than on the floor, although we had paid a premium for 'VIP' tickets to suppossedly get a better location to view and have access to tables. The show was underway for over 1 hour before my wife who is 5' 2" got a chance to see anything. And this view was only obtainable from the bottom floor at the back by standing on steps designed to exit the theatre. I read with anticipation the material on the Key Club website touting themselves as the 'premium' facility to see a show. I will never attend a concert at any Key Club location again.

I will look forward to the next Zappa plays Zappa tour and ask that the tour manager do a better job of venue selection.

I also recommend Dweezil compose and perform one new piece of material for each tour. I think that would become something we all start looking forward to.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2006 9:53 pm 
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I have to agree that the venue was kind of disappointing. But, I didn't really like the House of Blues in Anaheim all that much either. Personally, I think it would be great to see them at the Hollywood Bowl as I think that's one of the best out-door venues in the area. But I'm relatively new to SoCal, so maybe the locals can offer up other potential future venues. The ("ain't talkin' bout") Redlands Bowl is also a civic masterpiece, but probably way too small.

The casino vibe is always strange, to be sure, but last night was borderline aggravating. My ticket said "Doors at 6 -- Show at 7". I was in line at 6:20. At 7:30, they opened the doors. At 8:15, I was finally in the Key Club. I'm guessing the show started somewhere around 8. I got in at Call Any Vegetable -- have no idea what came before that and no one around me really knew either.

By the way -- did I see Steve and Dweezil stanting in line at one point?!? I went to the show solo, so I scanned the crowd as I was waiting in line. Found myself seeing a few folks that looked really familiar -- "I'm pretty sure I've seen that guy at a show before?? Where do I know him???" Only after I was in the show did the possibility even dawn on me. But I might just be growing daft in my old age (I'm pushing 30, dontcha know).

Bitching about the venue aside (and not mentioning my friend who stood me up on an $80 "VIP" ticket) -- the show was fantastic. Thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. The highlight for me was, unquestionably, the Regyptian Strut followed by Peaches. Just phenominal! Blowed my mind, it did! I left the Key Club grinning from ear to ear as a result!

Where can I find setlists from this tour? Do I have to dig through the reviews show-by-show, or is there a more efficient repository somewhere? Would love to see a full list from last night as I'm trying to remember the correct order to provide a more detailed review. "Venue sucked, show rocked" isn't much of a review, I know.


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 Post subject: Lie to Me
PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2006 10:54 pm 
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Okay, so you’re pretty good musicians, but….
What the hell was with the upgraded V.I.P. tickets!?!
Is it standard fare to miss the mark by an hour and a half? Is it standard practice to then rush in the rubes that were taken in by this money grubbing ruse and then turn them around in a mere 20 minutes and eject them from the hall while the band plays on? You know the Key Club’s front doors were open during the sound check, (you know the one we paid hard earned money to observe) while the V.I.P. ticket holders stood in our little corral outside wondering why we not watching. Here’s a good idea for your next show, play three songs and then clear the hall and finish your set in an empty hall, then if anyone complains just say, “Hey we let them into the show, what more could they ask for”. Seriously guys I have seldom felt as burned as I did last night. Not to be a total bummer, you guys played all the notes at their assigned times and delivered quite a nice little rock and roll show. That being said I have to wonder what on earth you have to gain from burning a paltry 30 people… fifteen hundred bucks?!? And a good percentage of those people were filthy hippies who looked as if they may have been hard pressed to part with that kind of cake.

Hey punk were ya going with that V.I.P. ticket in your hand
Hey punk were ya going with that V.I.P. ticket in your hand

Well I’m going to the big show were I’ll get ripped off by a famous rock and roll bad
Well I’m going to the big show were I’ll get ripped off by a famous rock and roll bad

I’m so smoked I’m considering sending a donation in ZPZ’s name for an amount equal to the ticket price to Tippers buddies over at PMRC (are they still around?)… well that may be a bit rash but I still think you guys are a big dopy drag.
Any comment Dweezil or are you too busy playing really bitchen guitar notes to worry about petty junk like this. I mean you could always just blame it on the venue keep the money and ride off into the sunset feeling good about yourself. Either step up to the plate or just get rid of the phony sound check tickets.

Love ya, Mean it.
Let’s do lunch
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2007 3:40 am 
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The band was on fire the entire night. For me personally the only part of the set that really tested my attention span was the terry bozzio portion. His drum mix was terrible. The highlights for me were hearing peaches en regalia, inca roads, black napkins and telling gail zappa the show was great and catching steve vai's soloing pick. Oh yeah Dweezil's new guitar playing style was great and suited the music perfectly.

Next, i can agree with the posts regarding the venue's horrible organization. Doors were supposed to open at 6 but didn't open untill 7:40. I was really far back in the line but luckily a friend who had gotten there earlier, who also had guest list tickets like me, called me and told me we didnt even have to wait in line, even though when we first arrived the security guards told us we had to wait in line. I can really feel for the people who were in line near us and way behind us because if it wasnt for my friend's phone call we probably would have missed the first minutes of the show because the line moved so slowy and because we were far back. The show should not have started until all the people who were waiting in line had gotten inside.


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 Post subject: Cabazon
PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2007 7:57 am 
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An excellent end to an already excellent year. Thanks to Dweezil, Gail, Joe and all the hard work of the band Frank’s music is with us again. And the time machine will tour again in 2007. Happy New Year to all of us.

Nuff already said about the confusion with the venue. Despite the confusion and delay I found the casino staffers to be exceptionally polite. Nothing like the treatment at San Francisco’s Warfield. The time in line became an opportunity to make new friends who all bonded in a common cause.

It’s all about the music boys and girls and Dweezil again presented his rockin’ teen age combo.

The set list:

Improv open
Andy
Call Any Vegetable
(Just Another Band version)
Tell Me You Love Me
Florentine Pogen
Pygmy Twylyte
Idiot Bastard Son
Cheepnis
I'm The Slime
(sing a long encouraged)
Pound For A Brown variations
Don't Eat The Yellow Snow
St. Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast
Father O'blivion
Inca Roads
I'm So Cute
Tryin' To Grow A Chin
Punky's Whips
Black Page #1
Black Page #2
Regyptian Strut
Peaches En Regalia
Montana
Village Of The Sun
Echindna's Arf (Of You)
Zomby Woof
Black Napkins

(w/ Dweezil playing Sheik Yerbouti Guitar)
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The Torture Never Stops
(Saddam dedication; Dweezil breaks a string solo)

The Orange County Lumber Truck
Oh No
More Trouble Every Day
Sofa


Scheila, Aaron, Jamie, Billy, and Pete all do incredible work and shine the entire set. Not enough can be said about their dedication to the Project. A stand out moment: Scheila holds her own in guitar/sax duel with Vai and Dweezil even adding her own windmill arm action to match Vai’s entertaining histrionics. The band was clearly having fun.

Joe Travers is nothing but SOLID. Technically, when Billy and Joe play Black Page with Terry, they become one. Joe puts the eyebrows on the music while holding it all together, even when dueling with Terry caged in his monster kit. BTW from my position at the edge of the stage opposite Terry it was difficult to hear his vocals but his kit sound fat and full.

Not enough can be said in praise of Napoleon’s boundless energy, enthusiasm and love of the music, to say nothing of his dancing.
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Vai is amazing and a ball to watch, where do those notes come from? The dueling sessions with Dweezil are like two kids in a playground.

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Thanks again Dweezil and ZFT. Can’t wait to hear the set list in 2007. What other band ever plays a solid 3 hour set?

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Reety aw righty hey! Nice pants.
See ya in 2007!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2007 8:04 am 
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On December 21st I received this email from Front gate tickets.

Attention Ticket Purchasers:

All VIP sound check access tickets include one show ticket and access for
one into sound check. The tickets are "Will Call Only" and are to be
picked up at the venue box office on the night of the show. Please bring your
photo ID to pick up tickets at the box office.
Please plan to arrive at approximately 4:45 PM (sound check access will start at
5 pm in for the Cabazon show.)


Key Club Stan was there at 4:45, good thing because the will call box office does not open until 6pm. Despite being overwhelmed by the delay, Stan was very cool. He told us ZPZ was still setting up, and the sound check would be delayed. He had no ETA.

We stood in the VIP line for about 1½ hours.

The Key Club staff was apologetic, but were never quite sure when things would start moving.

We were finally let in.

I saw 25 minutes of the sound check, then we were hustled out of the club, and back outside to the smoke filled casino VIP line, were, if you could tune out the slot machines, we could still hear ZPZ playing.

Again the Key Club staff was apologetic. There seemed to be so much confusion. They were under the impression that the Sound check ticket holder would stay inside the club until the start of the GA show. This was also my interpretation of the $100 ticket. I was surprised when a key club rep said it was ZPZ that had requested we leave the club so they could finish the sound check. Were these 30 people really getting in the way?

The audience was an incredible diverse bunch of really mellow people. I met a couple, probably in the late 50’s from Cucamonga. There was a woman who spent her last dime on a VIP ticket. She drove non-stop from Phoenix just to see this show. I would say the age ranged from 21 – 65. Considering how much we were jerked around. I though we were very well behaved, but one Morongo guard, who resembled Jabba the hut, kept walking around muttering, “I don’t like the looks of this. Don’t like this one bit” I think they expected us to riot or something.

This same Morongo Security officer, and this I could not understand, was also very upset if you sat down in line. They ordered one young couple, the very demographic that ZPZ is trying to court, who had the audacity to sit down and enjoy a slice of pizza to GET-UP!

Finally we were let in about 7:30. It became painfully obvious that if you wanted to see the show, you better run to the stage and stand there to the end, but hey, that’s a General admission show for ya.

Including the fantastic show, I stood up a total of 8 hours straight, by the end of the night, I was beat, not to mention a little deaf. (This was my own fault, I was to scared to leave the line for fear I would miss getting in, to go get the ear plugs I left in my car) It’s sad to think I might be getting to old for this.

I have a few suggestions:

Perhaps play more assigned seat venues. In L.A., how about playing the Greek? Or Royce?

Skip the sound check tickets. It appears to make it hard for you, the artists, to get the sound check complete and 25 minutes feels like a rip-off to the fan.

If playing a flat floor, General Admission venues, like HOB or Key Club, consider having some video assist for the height challenged fan.

Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed this show just as much as I enjoyed the June 22 HOB show. I will see it again, but hope for better venues next time.


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 Post subject: cabazon
PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2007 4:33 pm 
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Wow.

You gots your extreme sports craze going on big time so I think it only fair that us music heads have the occasional extreme concert to whet our appetites.

Staff at Key Club was professional and only making do with the situation given them. Contrasted with the Warfield staff, at least one could be in the same room as the band as opposed to peering through the doorway from the lobby at the Warfield.

"Pardon me Jerry Garcia's clone? You want me to stand behind the yellow line by the bar? But if I do, I'll be 4 persons high in the air and might break the 5'2" womans shoulders who is standing on her man's shoulders.........".

ZFT ought to evaluate the response for these shows and error on the high side of turn out in considering future venues.

As to the music and show itself.....wow. Dweezil has found a great voice (ZPZ) and I really appreciate that Terry Bozzio, Steve Vai and Napoleon Murphy Brock have dedicated themselves to this project.

A hundred shows in 2007? Cool. I think I'll use the internet to research the venues and determine if I am up for GA style shows when they come around to Southern California.

Antagonistic jibe-

Uh....casino.....smoke.....what the fuck do you think? If anything it'll toughen up your precious immune system when the time comes that you're sucking radioactive air instead of aromatherapy candles.

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The venue pretty much sucked and the VIP-sound check ticket fiasco was a bummer. The delayed start of the show was pretty inecusable and reflects poorly on tour management. The only consolation to the "VIP treatment" of feeling like a heard of cattle kept in a corral was when we were allowed back in the venue first. As it turns out, that was a huge consolation since it provided the opportunity to watch this amazing band perform from a front of stage vantage point--which looking back I regard as a huge bonus and felt better about the VIP fiasco. However, fiasco it was and I heard a whole lot of grousing and very unhappy customers while hearded up in our corral. The frustration from hearing the sound check through open doors from our corral outside when we had all paid for sound check access bred a lot of discontent. Never mind standing and waiting for hours. Thank goodness for those subs at the front of the stage to lean on for the show!

Then the real show began. All thoughts of angst torwards the VIP fiasco faded instantly. This is the second time I have seen this amazing band and I was totally blown away, again. The entire band had evolved and has taken their level of playing Frank's complicated material to a whole new level since I saw them at the Warfield (SF) back in July. 3 hours and 20 minutes, more or less, of the most amazing live Zappa performance you will ever see. I have been a huge fan of FZ since the early 1970s and was fortunate to see many of Frank's shows over the years. Dweezil has found his calling and I hope he carries this forwards for years to come. There are many bands playing his father's material, many quite well and I am a fan of all of them, but there is something really special about this band, ZPZ, and I feel priveledged to be fortunate enough to catch two of their shows in 2006 and hope to catch many more in years to come. This is a must see band!!!!

I do hope that tour management issues that seemed to crop up at recent shows get resolved, but I also know what an undertaking this is and the entire organization is still trying to figure it all out. If you find yourself stuck waiting in line for a ZPZ show for an eternity, just know that once showtime begins you are in for a real treat.


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Amazing show. Having discovered Franks music far too late in life to ever see him perform, ZPZ has quickly become my favorite live act. Cheers to all the players who bring the magic of the music and the pinpoint accurate performances one should expect, and thank you Dweezil for doing your best to carry on your fathers legacy. The band is playing much tighter this time around, difficult as I imagined that to be back in August, and the song list is spectacular. I hope this wonderful act continues for years to come... so much outstanding musicianship and so many outstanding musicians on one stage is a rare and wonderful thing.

I do agree with the others that the venue was absolutely terrible and I hope that will be the last time ZPZ plays Cabazon. I must admit though, that once the lights went down and the music started, the previous two hours - of standing in line sucking toxic casino fumes and being hassled by meatheaded security guards struggling with low self-esteem - were forgotten.

Thanks for the memories, long live FZ!


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Just to chime in on the VIP situation...I purchased not the $50 standing room tickets, not the $100 VIP soundcheck tickets, but the $75.00 VIP tickets.

I figured I can do without soundcheck, but I DID want some type of priority seating (or standing). An example would be the Wiltern in L.A., in which it is all G.A., but the first few-huindred can get a wristband and make it into the "pit". I was really disheartened to find that at the Key Club the VIP tickets allowed me to move not closer, but farther away. I ventured upstairs and aside from a few tables (all taken) it was all standing room also. Not much benefit there, unless you consider the "private bar" a bonus (I don't drink).

So anyway, I feel the extra money went to waste, as my friends with $50.00 tickets were standing right there with me.

In the end, the music made it worth it. Thanks ZFT.

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 Post subject: ZPZ = Yay!
PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2007 4:09 pm 
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I had the most AWESOME time at the Key Club! I don't care how lame the venue is, or how much the guards resemble Chewbacca, as long as I get to hear THREE HOURS of Frank Zappa's music performed by people who can play it with so much love and passion. I can't decide if that show or the Anaheim show was the best concert I've ever seen in my life. ^_^

Hooray, hooray, hooray!

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