13 June 2008
It seems that Dweezil keeps beating me to the punch on the blogging. WHATEVER! He's a regular blogging fiend this time, but I'm sure you all love it. It's hard to believe that our first outing comes to a close tomorrow. I was just telling Joe that right about now is where I hit my stride out here on the road.
Pete caught me earlier this afternoon sitting on the bus with a goofy grin on my face, just kind of staring off. Later on as we prepared to go on stage, I just couldn't wipe that same grin off my face as I primped in the mirror one last time. In that moment I was somehow taken WAY back to when I was four years old, waiting backstage at the Anaheim High School auditorium getting ready to go on stage and do a ballet recital in my tutu and make up. I was suddenly filled with an overwhelming joy and gratitude for what I get to do. I hope you guys aren't getting sick of hearing this, but it's true. I LOVE EVERY PERSON IN THE ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA BAND AND CREW. Period. I am filled with such love for these wonderful people. It's a blessing to know them and a joy to make such amazing music with them night after night. Truly. I can't emphasize this enough. I thought for sure my heart would burst through my chest tonight or that I would just lose it on stage and start crying. Well, I'm crying now as I write this, but I just can't help it.
The outpouring of love and appreciation from the audience is overwhelming at times. It's incredible that Frank's music can bring us all together to have such an amazing time. I feel so happy to be a part of this. Every show--EVERY SHOW has been amazing. THANK YOU for being such an incredible and supportive audience. We feel each and every one of you and it means so much to play for people that truly appreciate the music, the musicians onstage and the hard work we've put in to learn and deliver it all back to you. It's really cyclical, you know? We give to you, you give back to us, we want to give more back to you and so on...and so on...and so on...SO, you should each go out and tell two friends and they'll tell two friends, and so on...and so on! :-)
There was something in the air tonight here in Raleigh. I felt it before we went on stage. This year's show is so much fun (I know Mary's havin' a good time!). The audiences are all reacting with such fervor. Believe me, it doesn't go unnoticed. The most interesting thing that was in the air tonight? Panties. Yes, that's right, you heard right. A pair of beautiful, lacy, panties graced the ZPZ stage. That cracked me up as most of our audiences are primarily male. It just goes to show that there ARE indeed some ladies in the crowd and bold ones at that! Keep on comin' out, girls and keep "showing your support!" ;-)
Bonnaroo tomorrow! Now THAT'S the way to finish off this first leg of the tour. We can't wait to play to a festival crowd especially since we were robbed of our performance at Wakarusa. It will be nice to have the opportunity to play to fans of the music as well as hopefully doing some "recruiting/converting".
Well, that's all I've got for now. Jamie's polishing off a PB & J sandwich, Dweezil's blogging away, Joe's figuring out what DVD to watch first, the rest of the guys are either sleeping or hanging in the back lounge and we're rolling on into the night. I'm settling into my spot here in the front lounge and soon we'll be listening to some of tonight's show and perhaps watching some DVD's, snacking, talking and surely laughing. Good times...
If we haven't seen you yet, we hope to see you soon!
Love to y'all and thank you again!
POSTED BY SCHEILA GONZALEZ AT 2008-06-13 23:28:24
13 June 2008
Carolina Hardcore Respect
As I suspected, no mother/daughter combos down front. I did see a Panda though. It requested "Eye Of The Tiger" because it sounds so triumphant. Pandas love that shit. The big surprise tonight was the amount of kids under twenty in the front row. Almost all of them had hearing protection. I strongly recommend having some on hand for any live music event.
The show was a lot of fun. We received our first set of freshly removed panties from a callipygian lady in a top hat. Joe seemed to be the most interested in the undergarments and sent down a stick for surgical retrieval. Ray carefully hoisted them on to the stick and carried them back to Joe.
He inspected them... gave his approval and fastened them to one of his rack toms. They endured several beatings as they remained on display.
The crowd was extremely energetic. The most remarkable thing occurred after the show was over. I met a lot of fans but one guy stood out. In a display of maximum respect I was given a set of dog tags from one Mr. Robert Robichaux. He said that Frank's music helped him through his tour of Iraq. I'm sure glad it did. That's too heavy for words... I'll hold on to 'em for now but you let me know if you ever want them back.
We're off to Bonnaroo but we will surely remember Raleigh.
POSTED BY DWEEZIL ZAPPA AT 2008-06-13 21:58:24
13 June 2008
Like Mother Like Daughter...
A couple of hours ago we performed to a sold out crowd in Atlanta. I noticed a large number of "youngsters" in the audience. It's really satisfying to see that, and as I have said all along I hope to see it more and more as time goes on.
One thing I always find surprising is the make up of the first couple of rows. I usually expect to see a few "lifers" and some guitar aficionados but rarely do I see mother and daughter combos out for an evening of Zappa music. Statistically speaking, I would expect their numbers to be quite low. Kinda of like the Panda population, but even less. Tonight there was a young girl, maybe 21 or 22 with her mom jammed down in front. They were mixed in with several of the other types of individuals I mentioned earlier. The ladies held their ground all night. I kept wondering who brought who to the show. I met the dynamic duo after the show and found out that mom was the instigator.
Personally, I think it is amazing that this music can bring different generations together and especially parents and their children. Having 2 daughters myself, I look forward to moments in the future that approximate the scenario I just described.
We are on the bus headed to North Carolina. I'll keep you posted on mother daughter combo sightings...
POSTED BY DWEEZIL ZAPPA AT 2008-06-13 00:08:32