Zappa Plays Zappa (your life will improve if you view this thread!)


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05-17-2009, 01:34 AM

I noticed the appalling lack of a thread on this mindblowing live act, so here it is.

(I did see the sticky about no band threads here, but I figure this is a special case as it's a tribute act and in any case the music spans nearly all of the genres above and so wouldn't fit into any of them, including 'other')

Anyway, Zappa Plays Zappa is an act dedicated to the difficult task of playing the music of the late composer Frank Zappa, led by his son Dweezil. They've been touring the world for a number of years now, and let me tell you, you will not witness a tighter or more entertaining display of musicianship unless Frank himself is resurrected.

The band has featured several Zappa alumni in its lineups including legendary guitarist Steve Vai, which I think might pique the interest of many on this forum.

Here is a selection of videos taken from the DVD, many featuring Vai.

Peaches en Regalia (

Inca Roads (

Zomby Woof (

Oh No, Son of Orange County & Trouble Every Day (

The amazing Steve and Dweezil jam that ensues ( (watch this if you're only interested in guitar pwnage)

I'm the Slime (

The Black Page #1 & 2 ( (watch this for general n00b destroying musicianship)

And a preview of the new upcoming DVD:

Official website:


05-17-2009, 01:45 AM
Wow, this was much better than I expected. I was skeptical of Zappa plays Zappa for the longest time simply because it wasn't Frank, but I'm incredibly impressed. Really, the only thing I can complain about is that Dweezil doesn't exactly appear to have his father's sense of humor.

05-17-2009, 09:24 AM
Saw them front row at bonnaroo, the most spectacular thing I've seen live ever.

A Rolling Stone
05-17-2009, 12:39 PM
^^You should take this here, you might get more responses...Plus the thread needs some reviving bad :)

05-18-2009, 04:57 AM
meh, looks like the folks around here wouldn't know good music if it came up and bit them in the ass, as Frank would say :P

Jazz Funeral
05-18-2009, 06:25 AM
I caught Zappa Plays Zappa at Rothbury. It was probably the best live show I've ever seen. Dweezil is a phenominal guitarist. His band is very tight. They did Flakes and rolled it right into Broken Hearts Are For Assholes - just like it's supposed to be. Ray White shared the stage for a large portion of the show too. The DVD is killer, but it's missing Nanook Rubs It!

05-18-2009, 01:38 PM
I've never seen Zappa Plays Zappa, but I've wanted to for a while now. Those videos were great. Thanks for posting them. I'm definitely going next time I get the chance.

05-20-2009, 03:03 AM
I wanna catch them on this years prog nations tour, its going to be sweeet.

05-20-2009, 05:16 PM
Well worth going, expensive ticket but it was a good show.

Napoleon Murphy Brock was all over the place, well exciting.

05-22-2009, 02:08 PM
I have seen Zappa plays Zappa 2 times now, and everytime I go they just get tighter and better as a group. I can not believe how much better Dwezil's playing has gotten by learning Franks music. Very inspiring to watch.

On the first tour i saw it was with Vai and Bozzio. What a duo to have on stage at the same time. Dwezil held is own to, even with Steve on the stage.

2nd tour had Brock on vocals. Amazing!! Great to hear on cd, Awesome to see live. He had so much energy.

They have been 2 of my fav concerts ever and I am a metal head. My dad took me both times. pretty much the only music we can agree on.

Thanks dad for making me realize how much talent Frank really had.

05-22-2009, 04:19 PM
finally someone who understands how amazing and precise, let me say that again, precise ZPZ is on stage! Brown Shoes Dont Make It.....perfect! i loved seeing ZPZ and i hope to see them again soon!

05-22-2009, 08:13 PM
Bozzio couldnt make it when i went, was gutted. Vai was there though so well made up for it.