ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA PART ONE

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We'll shortly be heading off shortly to see Alice in Chains at the O2 in Glasgow, cause for joy, but, first,  I have to make some comments about a concert Linda and I caught this time last week at the Glasgow Concert Hall. The clue is in the title of the post. Yes, Dweezil and his band playing tribute to his father's music. I'm a huge Frank Zappa fan and miss his take on everything, and his guitar playing, of course. I first heard him on Phil Collins Star Special on Radio 1, when the (at that time) Genesis lead singer and occasional drummer (and also drummer with jazz-rock fusion outfit Brand X), played some of his favourite music by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Pat Metheny, King Crimson, Weather Report, and the like. That show was a huge influence on my listening habits, particularly my fondness for jazz drummers - the late great Tony Williams, Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette and so on - I'll stop listing them here. Suffice to say, most of the stuff Phil played I went out and bought and even caught a few of the artists in concert. One track he played was Frank Zappa's "More Trouble Every Day" by arguably the best "Mothers" line-up. It has Chester Thompson on drums and when Collins and Thompson played live for Genesis they "borrowed" a few drum licks from this track. If I was ever on "Desert Island Discs" one of my eight songs would be Zappa's "Big Swifty" and guess which song Dweezil opened with last week - you got it.

By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 02 August 2010 Comment Comments( 0 ) Hits Views(6877)
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