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Dweezil Zappa breathes new life into father's songs


Charles Martin August 9th, 2007

Dweezil Zappa has put together "Zappa Plays Zappa," a show to celebrate the vast catalogue of music of his father, rock icon Frank Zappa, who died in 1993. "If you want to gain an audience, you need ...

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Dweezil Zappa has put together "Zappa Plays Zappa," a show to celebrate the vast catalogue of music of his father, rock icon Frank Zappa, who died in 1993.

"If you want to gain an audience, you need exposure," Zappa said. "Frank won't ever be on the radio like Beyoncé. (After seeing the show), hopefully, the audience will be interested in going to explore it in its natural form."

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The show developed as Zappa started tapping musicians to perform the music faithfully. Some of Frank's most notable alumni " including Steve Vai and Ray White " sometimes make appearances at the show. Zappa wanted to create a show that flowed as well as his father's.

"I wanted to create an arc in the show," he said. "The set list needed variety and balance in how things go together. Frank had songs that segued so well in a show that it sounded like one piece of music."

The show also will avoid the works that utilized the elder Zappa's vocals that were, to say the least, unique.

"There were certain things that Frank was able to do with his vocal style: the sarcasm and the satire," Zappa said. "I leave those to Frank to do on his record and for people to listen to in stereo. They are popular with the fan base, but it is not my intent to recreate that. Frank is the only one who can do that well." "Charles Martin

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