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27 July 2008

A few fond memories...

Hello Friends,

I mentioned that I would would give you an update on the Spanish audiences. We really enjoyed visiting Spain and finally being able to play for the fans who live there. They definitely respect Frank's music there and they are well familiar with it. It was really fun to play for them. As enthusiastic as they were, it was tough to beat the feeling that we all felt while playing "Peaches En Regalia" in Milano. For me it will always be a true highlight of this whole Zappa Plays Zappa adventure.

After describing it to all of you in the last blog I noticed there was bootleg of that actual performance. Check out this clip - you'll get an idea of what I was talking about it. It was a spontaneous occurrence. It was a unique and very moving experience to be a part of.

We're back in the United States now. In fact, I'm currently sitting in a hotel in Knoxville Tennessee writing this. I've just returned from dinner with Scheila and Glynn Wood (Our Front Of House engineer). Normally this type of information is not worth mentioning in these little blogs. This time it is a little different. We were lucky enough to stumble across a local Market Square restaurant called La Costa. I am mentioning this only because we enjoyed the food so much.

I asked to meet the chef and personally invited him to our show tomorrow night as a thank you for preparing such a memorable meal. To me it's like sharing the equivalent of the ovations the ZPZ audiences have been so kind to give to the band. I don't know how often chefs get such immediate affirmation that their work has been appreciated. Empty plates are a good clue but I thought a few words attached might heighten the sentiment.

Besides fun food activities out here on the road we have all been really enjoying playing the selections for this current tour. I have been feeling as though I can really dig into some of the new guitar sounds in my rack as well. We've even been going over older songs at sound checks for fun. That will come in handy in the fall.

In a few days we will be announcing the special fall tour information. Be on the lookout. I'm pretty excited to let you know about it.

Regards, DZ

POSTED BY DWEEZIL ZAPPA AT 2008-07-27 21:15:52
27 July 2008

"You're Soaking In It"

And so are we.

Soaking in a big bathtub full of Frank's music, that is. It's a luxurious bubble bath that lets all of our cares melt away for a few decadent hours night after night.

Hello there!

I know it's been a while and I thought I should say hello, so HELLO.

We just had a wonderful albeit whirlwind tour of Europe. And although it was taxing (with 6:30am hotel departures on the day of a show) and difficult at times (rented gear, no sound checks) we always brought our best to to what seemed to be very grateful crowds. I think the last report was Dweezil saying that we had just played for an incredibly passionate audience in Milan and were off to Spain. Madrid and Barcelona flew by and I unfortunately didn't have the time or energy to get out and see the sights. The crowds were very loving and I was happy to do my best both helping Dweezil out with some Spanish pronunciation and conveying some info to the crowd in Espanol as well. Beautiful!

Then there was Berne and the Gurten Festival. The day was too gorgeous for words and I finally felt like I had had enough rest. So, as soon as we arrived at the hotel, I dropped my luggage in my room and got out and had a look around. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! So clean. I walked around, did some window shopping and sat and had some lunch. Perfect. Then I hauled ass back to the hotel for a shower and got ready to head out to the show. We were picked up and taken up a hill to the festival site. Beautiful views and great audience. YAY!

You know...I would have to say that we have very RARELY played for a "bad" audience. I suppose a "bad" audience would have to be one that is not AS enthusiastic as they could potentially be. That being said, I can't believe the audiences this year. I know I'm often gushing and going on about things such as love and music, amazing audiences and gratitude. I AM a girl, after all. But it truly seems like this year y'all are really eatin' up what we're dishin' out. And we just don't get tired of servin' it up for ya. Seriously. It's so crazy how when we're limited to shorter shows at some venues and festivals, it is VERY difficult to narrow down the set list. There's just too much good stuff!

I'm sitting here in the front lounge of the bus listening to tonight's show in Birmingham. Please forgive me for tooting our own "tiny auto horn", but as I listen to our City of Tiny Lights I just get goosebumps from hearing the band just give it all we've got...and then Ray. Ray "M-F'n" White, y'all. That's right. I've got the honor and privilege of playing music with that man. And you get to hear it too! Unbelievable. He sounds so amazing. You know, most nights I lose myself onstage. I'm in the moment so much so that it's not until I listen to the recording of the evening's performance on the bus at around one or two in the morning that I am struck by the virtuosity, soul, love, passion, uh--intestinal fortitude, attention to detail, musicality, creativity and integrity of the musicians around me. Not to mention the impossibly brilliant compositions. I would have to say that the music of Frank Zappa is alive and well judging from crowd reactions, fan
reviews and the looks on peoples' faces.

Sometimes I'll lose myself in the moment so much that I go from performer to witness. I did that last night as we started playing G Spot Tornado. I was playing my part, then I began watching my fingers play the part on the keyboard and thinking "how did we learn this? How am I playing this?". It amused me so much that at a certain point I was just watching, listening and marveling at the performance along with all y'all. This cracked me up as I kept thinking to myself "remember, YOU'RE playing this! Don't get SO caught up that you forget to play your part!" :-D Ahhhh yesssssss, good times...

In conclusion, between "Whiskey Milkshakes" and the newest "converts" I believe that the word is getting out to lifer's, newbies and everyone in between. If you've been to a show, come on back and bring some friends with you, preferably the non-believers. We'll take care of them! ;-) If you haven't been out yet, what are you waiting for? There's something for everyone and it all came from one man, FZ--served straight-up by ZPZ.

These guys I work with know how to deliver this stuff and they serve it up right every night. I could devote entire blogs to each and every one of them as musicians and people. Joe, Jamie, Peeyot...sorry, uh, Pete, Billy--JEEEZUS, Billy!, my brother Aaron, Ray, Dweezil--it's an honor. Thank you and I love you...


PS--I didn't write any of this to be self-indulgent, I'm just honestly stupefied by it all. Seriously.

Now we're all listenin', laughin', resting', OH, JAMIE SEZ: "What up, bitches!!!". Billy's excited, I mean REALLY excited about the Oat Bran he just discovered. In fact, he's so excited that he sat in gum.

And with that, I bid you goodnight...


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