In his latest installment of honoring his talented father’s immense discography, Dweezil Zappa returns to the Roseland Theater with the Zappa Plays Zappa tour to play and celebrate his iconic father’s Roxy & Elsewhere album’s 40th Anniversary. The entire album will be performed in sequence. The album has been cited for its flawless musicianship, capturing the 70s peak performance of Frank Zappa and his engaging sense of humor with band members, The Mothers of Invention, and audience.
In addition, the concert will include other distinctive gems from each decade over Frank Zappa’s career, including songs from Joe’s Garage, One Size Fits All, Overnight Sensation, You Are What You Is, Freak Out, Absolutely Free and We’re Only In It For The Money.
Fans of late guitar master will be sure to enjoy the recreation of Roxy & Elsewhere, where the majority of the album was performed and recorded over a three day period in December 1973 at the famed Sunset Blvd night club in Hollywood, California. This performance was a prime example of Zappa’s affinity for conducting memorable interactive experiences.
Dweezil has gone as far as playing a rebuilt version of his father’s Gibson SG guitar on tour, which was rewired to give its signature out of phase tone that is predominant on the recording.
Frank Zappa was the consummate performer and surrounded himself with a Who’s Who of elite jazz and rock musicians. He is joined on this album with Ian Underwood, George Duke, The Fowler Brothers -- Tom, Bruce and Walt, and drummer extraordinaires, Chester Thompson & Ralph Humphreys, which was representative of the continuous rotation of the Mothers of Invention band members.
Dweezil has also formed his own group of stellar musicians and will be joined by Scheila Gonzalez on saxophone, flute, keyboards & vocals; Ben Thomas on vocals, Chris Norton on keyboards & vocals, and Ryan Brown on drums.
Dweezil Zappa has dedicated himself to music and has become elite guitarist in his own right but relishes the opportunity of bringing his father’s music to new fans. On his website Dweezil responds to the question of whether he considers his band a tribute band. He concedes that it can be called that but what a better way to honor his father’s gifted legacy. Dweezil passionately believes in honoring Frank’s music. His goal is to play respectfully so that old and new fans alike and can enjoy the Roxy & Elsewhere experience.
Tickets for Dweezil’s Guitar Master class prior to the concert have sold out, and only a limited number of All Ages GA tickets remain for the 9pm show.