A lot has been going on lately. In between spending time with my wife and kids I've been feverishly getting ready for the upcoming tour in between Insanity workouts. BTW Insanity is brutal when you get to month 2... anyway, on to the topic at hand.
I have been working on a lot of STUFF, the upcoming Zappa Plays Zappa tour as well as a new collection of songs from the F.O.H. series that will be available in time for the tour and for Christmas.
I am looking forward to returning to the UK and Europe as well as the new US locations. There are a number of fans we've heard from over the years who have asked if we could come closer to them so they don't have to travel as far from their self described "geographically challenged" locations. (Incidentally I heard that a lot from folks in Wales, UK and we're going there in November) We are excited about the opportunity to come play in some of these legendary locations for the first time ever. We could use a little help to spread the word as well. Anyone out there want to help with local radio or at the very least a megaphone?
We'll be trugding across the tundra hoping to entice the locals to join us for a great night of music in Fargo ND, Council Bluffs IA, Boise ID, and Missoula Montana! (complete tour dates can be found here: http://www.dweezilzappaworld.com/events and http://zappaplayszappa.com/tourdates.html)
Zappa Plays Zappa will be playing a show that could be best described as a decades show. We are playing a selection of material from 3 different decades, 60s, 70s, 80s and will be premiering some more new material we have never performed before including an orchestral piece that I have wanted to play I started this project in 2006. Think 200 Motels... Besides that there are a few nice surprises we'll be throwing in from some of my favorite FZ records.
I always endeavor to balance the show with fan favorites as well as make room for some of your potential new favorites you might not have heard yet.
On to new music that will be available! Besides the exciting new availability of the Frank Zappa catalog we are pleased to announce the new Zappa Plays Zappa FOH series recording called "Out Of Obscurity". It features a selection of performances from the February 2011 tour. (for complete info on the FOH series: http://www.dweezilzappaworld.com/pages/new-f-o-h-release-coming-very-soon) Scott Thunes is performing on bass. The majority of the songs were premiere songs on that tour and many were only played on that tour.
The intimate sound of the record almost puts you on stage with us. With a large percentage of songs selected from the first few Frank Zappa and the Mothers Of Invention records there is a distinctly different feel to this collection of songs. I'm pleased to hear the musical growth and development within the band as well. I hope you enjoy the CD and I look forward to seeing you all out on tour.
Last but not least I have been working hard on creating some new sounds. I'm inspired to try even more new things now.
The guitars I plan to bring are definite workhorses and I have registered them with a new site called theguitarvaults.com. It's a fantastic new site that is on it's way to creating a global guitar registry and community of guitar enthusiasts/owners. You add your serial number and photos of your instruments to protect them and prove their rightful ownership. I will be writing a full blog about this site because I am excited about the idea of a global guitar community.
Here's a bit more info for those of you who are as curious as me; http://www.dawsons.co.uk/blog/theguitarvaults