The legendary Frank Zappa is remember today through the music of the fabulous tribute band, Zappa Plays Zappa, a band that is more than a tribute; it is the next best thing to Frank Zappa himself. This band is not only made up of his son, Dweezil Zappa, but also includes a number of artists and musicians who performed and played amazing music with Frank Zappa himself as well as some legendary guest musicians such as Steve Vai. Zappa Plays Zappa was first launched back in 2006 in a fabulous tour that was known as Zappa Plays Zappa: Tour de Frank. This tour took place in 2006 and featured the band performing all over the US, on to Canada and then in various venues spread out across Europe. This amazing tour showcased some of the best rock songs by Frank Zappa created in his sixties onto eighties reign of fame. Thus, any Frank Zappa fan looking for a dose of his excellent music should get hold of Zappa Plays Zappa tickets and go watch an excellent performance just like Frank Zappa did it!
In its debut, Zappa Plays Zappa was made up of Dweezil Zappa as its lead guitarist as well as several musicians who had played with Frank Zappa, such as Napoleon Murphy Brock who played the sax and the flute as well as providing vocals. Artists like was an drummer Terry Bozzio as well as electric guitarist Steve Vai also performed with the band as guest performers. The tour also featured some of the most popular Frank Zappa songs including Chunga's Revenge, Cosmik Debris, Dumb All Over and Muffin Man. This debut tour was massively successful and the band was back again the same year, performing in New York on Halloween, resurrecting the long held tradition of Frank Zappa performing live Halloween shows in New York each year.
Zappa Plays Zappa released a DVD on their 2006 tour in 2008 and it highlights some of the best moments of the tour. In 2007, Zappa Plays Zappa again went on a highly successful tour of the US and Canada with its original lineup to much aplomb amongst both Frank Zappa fans and non-fans alike. This tour helped make the band even more popular and it went on to performing in Europe at a number of venues, finishing off with a Halloween performance in New York, continuing the old Frank Zappa tradition. The band’s 2007 tour also saw a number of special guests such as Ray White, a renowned guitarist and vocalist who performed with Frank Zappa back in the seventies and the eighties. The tour was wrapped up with a performance in Australia.
Zappa Plays Zappa continued its previous series of tours again in 2008 with much of its previous lineup. The 2008 tour again featured Steve Vai as a guest performer strumming his electronic guitar to the awe of fans attending the shows. The band toured across the US and on to Canada. In 2009, the band won a remarkable Grammy Award as the Best Rock Instrumental Performance for the band’s performance of the Frank Zappa song, Peaches en Regalia. This was an amazing achievement and a spectacular moment for the whole band. The band again went on tour in 2009 like the previous years; however, this time around the band saw some of its members leave. Aaron Arntz left the band followed by Ray White. The band then brought on board Ben Thomas as its lead vocalist after auditions and then went on a US, Canada and Europe tour.
In 2009, the band toured alongside the legendary rock and metal band, Dream Theater, in its Progressive Nation 09 tour. This was followed by yet another fall tour in 2009 as well as their usual end of the year performances. In 2010, the band saw some amazing performances such as playing the whole album Apostrophe. At present, Zappa Plays Zappa is made up of Dweezil Zappa as the band’s lead guitarist, Scheila Gonzalez playing the saxophone, the flute, the keyboards as well as on vocals, Pete Griffin as the band’s bassist, Billy Hulting playing the marimba, mallets as well as the band’s percussionist, Jamie Kime playing the guitar, Joe Travers the band’s drummer as well as on vocals, Ben Thomas the band’s lead vocalist as well as trumpeter and Chris Norton as the band’s keyboardist and violinist. Thus, for a taste of the incredible Frank Zappa’s music, Zappa Plays Zappa is the best deal and all you need are Zappa Plays Zappa tickets.
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