Hello Everyone,

I've been laser focused on playing the great music we get to play out here on tour. It's been a treat to play for all of you and we appreciate you supporting the band. Every night onstage is my moment of zen, where I can exist undisturbed by outside forces.

Speaking of outside forces, a lot has been happening behind the scenes for quite some time. I am planning to create a page on my site which will be dedicated to hosting all of the history, relevant unequivocal facts, and legal updates about the Zappa family conflict.

Things have gone beyond changing the name Zappa Plays Zappa, the band I toured with for over a decade. It has now escalated to a practically comical state of unreasonableness over our family's surname, resulting in a Federal Trademark dispute.

Since the Federal Trademark case is a matter of public record you will be able to find out how to follow the proceedings on this site should you care to do that.

Personally, I would prefer that there was no conflict and I look forward to the day when there is an end to the vexatious episodes I am forced to deal with. Not only are they eating up my time and resources they are casting shadows on the amazing musical legacy our father created. None of of it should be happening at all.

Until then, my view is that people can make better decisions when they are well informed. In an era of "alternative facts" it is imperative to remain vigilant about substantiated facts. It will take some time to collate all of the conclusive data but once it is done you'll find it here, all in one place.

Thanks again for your support and patience, DZ.

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/othersofintention

 

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  • David D

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  • Roman  B.

    I don't know if you read these but I was looking at a fan site 

    http://globalia.net/donlope/fz/chronology/1994sq.html

    and saw that your Mom died. I haven't been online in years so it was a heartbreaker.

    So I looked to see what happened and found a kickstarter about a documentary, which I thought was cool. Then I saw your house was part of it and then started reading about the split. That was the real heartbreaker. So I came to your site and read your blogs. I also read some of the comments.

    I wasn't there, I don't know the whole story and I'm not taking any sides. My parents are gone and it's just me and my sister left. I sent her the link about you answering Ahmet's open letter and she asked what Moon felt. I told her about the B&B which I thought was sweet. 

    I'm not taking sides because you can't pick your family but once they're gone you can't get them back either. 

    I also looked into tickets for Baltimore in August as I'm in Delaware. Seventy bucks including the soundcheck sounds a helluva lot better than the hundreds Phil Lesh wants for Capitol Theater seats. So maybe I'll see you there. And take you out for eggs and scrapple after the show. 

    (For those of you who don't know what scrapple is it's everything the FDA won't allow in hot dogs because kids eat them. Delicious.)

    And lastly I read your gear page. I'm not a musician but I figured it would be over the top. It was. One thing, spellcheck buddy. I know it was a lot to write but c'mon. Years of deciphering others' texts and emails has made me abhorrent of typos. And I'm no English major either obviously. 

    So if I make it to Baltimore I'll be the tall guy wearing a red Phillies cap and what's left of the black Zappa sweatshirt I bought from some guy outside Muhlenberg College in  '88 waiting to get in. Maybe I can get you to sign it. Sorry no merch money there, it was just cold that night and as another guy in line said of me, "He just wants to know the R-value."

    Hope to see you there,  take care and things will work out. 

    Roman Baird 

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  • Mati K.

    Greetings from a 26-year old Siciliamericanmillenial Freak...

    See you on the twenty-fourth day of the seventh month of this year, Dweez. What is happening to the Zappa family is almost exactly like what's happening in my family over the last year or so (it's really been much longer and is a deeply-rooted, mirror-like story that has been coming to a head over the last few months). It's intolerble and I'm rapidly approaching a new chapter in my life. I saw the Dweezilla Music Boot Camp after a shocking intuitive dream, just days after the site was put up and decided to put forth every cent I can muster (gotta love being a musician/highly educated person without a degree...). Clearly the Other People need to have a gathering and revolt in the most artistically inclined way. The Plastic People to Other People influence ratio on American culture is getting a little too off-balance. I can't wait to finally meet you and everyone else involved. You and your fathers music may have saved my life and I mean that in the most genuine way I can put in to writing without seeming like a kiss-ass. 

    I'm totally prepared to engage in "Music from the other side of the fence.... IWISH I HAD A PAIR OF BONGO'S!" (I do have my Les Paul though...)

    -R. Matison Keeney IV