Second time seeing ZPZ. (more on that at the bottom).
ZPZ definitely rocked out the Whiskey Roadhouse (a little bar inside the Horseshoe Casino) regardless of having a very crowded stage. Early on Dweezil warned us that the guitars were having trouble staying in tune due to the environmental conditions (temp/etc). I've been playing guitar for over 10 years, and my ears couldn't detect any tuning issues =D. Dweezil could be seen tuning a few times throughout the night, but it was usually accompanied by an awesome drum solo or something equally entertaining - like when they got a guy from the audience to do a strange (Captain Beefheart style) freestyle with a little back & forth from Ben Thomas (singer), who said "you could take my job in 6 months or so". Ben Thomas then said he'd have to be able to do "this" and embarked on an insanely cool jaw harp solo. The audience member also got recognized at the end when Dweezil mentioned all the band members' names. I think it was Kevin (or Brian??) Nielsen?
Dweezil played two different Fender Stratocasters, and of course, a Gibson SG. The night also included a kazoo solo and some flute playing from Scheila Gonzalez, Ben Thomas did some great trumpet and trombone playing - he also had a duckbill shaped squeaker.
Here's the set list I could piece together from memory, sorry about forgetting/not recognizing a couple songs, and it's definitely out of order.
Hungry Freaks, Daddy
Idiot Bastard Son
Ride My Face to Chicago
Harder Than Your Husband
Peaches en Regalia
Let's Make the Water Turn Black
Willie The Pimp
Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance
Penguin in Bondage
Sofa No. 1
I'm So Cute
Tryin' To Grow A Chin
Wind Up Workin' In A Gas Station
My mother is a space cadet (snippet)
Casino Style Music Jam
I think they played Rollo because Dweezil said the song could only be found on QuAUDIOPHILIAc. There's a really cool explanation about the song here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSmyCuU_pEo
There were also a few nods to other songs:
Dweezil did a nod to his father's style of "calling an audible" if you will, by using an "S" shaped hand movement that apparently told them to do the Pink Panther theme.
I'm pretty sure Dweezil was soloing on one Zappa song and hinted at another Zappa song, but couldn't quite remember which one it was. Some "Conceptual Continuity", I guess you'd call it. Since we were in a casino, Dweezil asked the band to jam out some casino style music. He also later made a comment that it'd be pretty surreal if the people out in the casino could hear their music - especially if they won.
They played a little bit of Dweezil's My Mother is a Space Cadet, since one of the audience members had his album in hand. Someone else was holding up a record and said "I want you to sign this!" and of course Dweezil said he would (but after the show). He stayed on stage and signed stuff for anyone who wanted him to. I would have had something signed too, but I haven't yet purchased that Joe's Garage CD set I've been eyeing on eBay.
Someone asked for Muffin Man. Dweezil acknowledged it was a great song, but said that he wanted a broad representation of his father's career, since some people there may never have heard Frank's music. He said Frank was once asked what his favorite song ever was, to which, he responded Strictly Genteel and they then played it.
Chris Norton and Joe Travers did some great falsetto singing. I think the sound guy did one Captain Beefheart Zappa song. Scheila Gonzalez was great, she did some awesome saxophone soloing, at one point spinning around in circles while playing! Dweezil also asked her to dance like Molly Ringwald on a tiny improvised side stage.
Dweezil said they were going to play a Kenny Rogers song (and then played Harder Than Your Husband).
They played an instrumental version of Sofa No. 1 (I was wondering if they were going to do the German lyrics or saxophone playing similar to The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life, nope).
Penguin in Bondage (I love the Swaggart version, but since it's not quite as relevant now, I get that they played the regular one).
Baby Snakes (I got a proud pat on the back from an older gentlemen when I yelled "Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineering" along with Dweezil).
Outside Now (when Scheila Gonzalez said "remember me from the bus?" I yelled "LEATHER!").
After Ride My Face to Chicago, I was yelling for the Illinois Enema Bandit song.
Dweezil played a couple chords and asked what song they were from. People were yelling "Outside Now", but he said that the same theme could also be found in another song - sorry, drawing a blank on which one it was.
The Bebop Tango - so damn funny. Rat Tomago. Anything from the Fillmore East album (especially Mud Shark related material) would have been hilarious, but I understand they didn't have Flo and Eddie with them. Inca Roads or Andy also would have been awesome.
Previously, I saw ZPZ at Omaha's Witherspoon Hall (Joslyn Art Museum). I brought some friends and we had a great time. The tickets said "row 14", turns out it was the third row! We really liked that Ray White was there, but I think this new lineup really held their own. Sorry to hear about his unceremonious departure. IN ANY CASE....