7 July 2008
We've just completed our brief Canadian summer tour. We did it in fine style here at the Quebec International Summer Festival. We were quite pleased to help the city celebrate it's 400th birthday. There must have been over 10,000 wildly enthusiastic fans packed into the staging area with many more lining the city streets at the outer edges.
I've said it before but it's worth repeating, the Canadian audiences are amazing. The energy they send back to the stage can be overwhelming at times. Frank's music has clearly left an indelible impression on the collective imaginations of these impossibly nice people who live up North. They have been making a strong connection with Zappa Plays Zappa as well. We will be happy to play in Canada any time.
Tonight was a fun show. Even though I still have a runny nose and a nagging cough and Joe Travers pulled a muscle in his neck leaving him in absolute agony 3 songs into the show, the audience was right there for every moment of every song. It was a crowd of great diversity. Many young people were shoulder to shoulder right down in front. We always like to see that. You could also tell that there were a lot of long time FZ fans out there in the crowd. We certainly always appreciate their continued support as well.
The audience got a nice surprise when a special guest appeared onstage during "Flakes". Adrian Belew furtively crept out onto the stage replete with harmonica in hand and performed the Bob Dylan monologue. Wearing his Army Nurse's hat from Baby Snakes, he finessed a few perfectly comical harmonica toots and scampered back into the darkness to the sound of Power Chords and a roaring crowd. He sounded great and it was fun to have him join us on stage for that. Thanks Adrian!
Well it's time to hit the road again. We'll be coming to a town near you soon. See you at the next concert.
By the way, be on the lookout for special information regarding our Fall Tour. There are a lot of cool things in the works!
POSTED BY DWEEZIL ZAPPA AT 2008-07-07 12:24:39