the big nOte files - october 2007

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2007 10 31

Zappa on the cover of Classic Rock mag
Aigui / Bonnen at the Leverkusener Jazzfestival
Idiot Bastard Dot Com
Zappa Wazoo

2007 10 30

Napoleon Murphy Brock & Bogus Pomp
Jos Steen at Ultra Eczema Records
TVF Archive
New on WM Recordings
Halloween special with Sheik Yerbouti
More rare Vai stuff

2007 10 29

Rare Vai vinyl
Leslie Michel
Zappa plays Zappa at Rockline
The Wrong Object in concert

2007 10 27

You can't do that on bootz anymore
Die MusikFabrik
Counting the days
Vai newsletter 2007 10 22
Think Of One

2007 10 26

Domenic Troiano
Zappostrophe 106

2007 10 23

The return of The Wrong Object
Corrie van Binsbergen
Pojama People

2007 10 21

New Zappa bootleg CD
New Zappa vinyl bootleg

2007 10 20

A magazine from 25 years ago
Zappa book from 1994
Napoleon Murphy Brock

2007 10 19

Beefheart promo
The 1970 Bath festival
The Spotnicks
Paul & André

2007 10 18

Zappaween XII
Doot! 2007 09 14 (2)
Bogus Pomp setlist

2007 10 16

Doot! 2007 09 14
Steve Vai in Total Guitar magazine
Tony Palmer's "All My Loving"
The White Stripes
Frank Vignola
The Foolz
Sonic Youth

2007 10 15

Zappa in the magazines
Andre Cholmondeley 2007 10 10 (2)
Frank Nuyts
Ugly Radio Rebellion

2007 10 14

Alan Holdsworth / Chad Wackerman
Mattias IA Eklundh
André Cholmondeley 2007 10 10
Zappateers festival, march 2008
The Residents' The Voice Of Midnight

2007 10 13


2007 10 08

The Wrong Object
Steve Vai
Chris Spedding

2007 10 07

the Zappa Plays Zappa DVD is out

2007 10 04

Bunk Gardner

2007 10 03


2007 09 30

Jos Steen
ZpZ in Tilburg

leftovers from the last couple of months

Upcoming Keneally appearances
Hugh Hopper
Slev Uunofski
Zappa on Estonian Radio
Ugly Radio Rebellion
Lol Coxhill, Alex Maguire & The Wrong Object
Bogus Pomp update
Jack and Jim are touring
Steve Vai newsletter
Project/Object on tour with N.M.Brock
Budapest Autumn Festival
Steve Vai & ZpZ
The Muffin Men on tour - UPDATE
Frank Zappa Kongres 2007
Zappa plays Zappa - the new dates
  L'ensemble de Basse Normandie
The Idiot Bastard Son album
The Budapest Autumn Festival
The Ensemble Modern
20 Idiot Bastards
DZ & ZpZ
Markus Stauss
the September 2007 newsletter can be found at
thebignotefiles - 2007/09

the concert calendar


short bits: 

* * * Octafish has a new album ready: "Party Alarm" * * *

2007 10 31


  • classic rock
        (2007/10, magazine, russia)
    • The Ocotber 2007 issue of Russian Classic Rock magazine, included 16 pages about Frank Zappa (includin 13 photos).
      The magazine also included 2 pages about Aynsley Dunbar.



2007 10 25
from: Caterpillar Records

Alexei Aigui + Dietmar Bonnen

Alexei Aigui: Violine 
Dietmar Bonnen: Piano, Gesang

Leverkusener Jazztage 2007
4. November Live @ Forum


Live-Musik zu Stummfilmklassikern
31. Oktober + 7. November 
Live @ Scala Lichtspieltheater 
Uhlandstraße 9, 51379 Leverkusen


6. November Live @ Objekt 5
Kulturverein Objekt 5 
Seebener Straße 5 
06114 Halle/Saale 


  • 2007/11/04 Aigui / Bonnen - concert "Leverkusener Jazztage", Leverkusen, Germany
  • 2007/11/06 Aigui / Bonnen - concert 'Objekt 5', Halle/Saale, Germany
  • 2007/11/07 Aigui / Bonnen - concert 'Scala Lichtspieltheater', Leverkusen, Germany



Andrew Greenaway's superb Idiot Bastard website, has a new address (and lots of news as well, so check it out)



released october 31, 2007

grand wazoo / hot rats / m.o.i. 20 piece band

music composed, arranged & conducted by frank zappa

disc one

  1. intro intros
  2. the grand wazoo (think it over)
  3. approximate
  4. big swifty

disc two

  1. "ulterior motive"
  2. the adventures of greggery peccary
  3.   movement I
  4.   movement II
  5.   movement III
  6.   movement IV - the new brown clouds
  7. penis dimension
  8. variant I - processional march
2007 10 30


2007 10 24
Zappaween news

Hi gang,

Sorry to tell you but Napoleon is suffering from a flu bug and won't be able to perform at this year's Zappaween on Saturday. But the show will go on and Bogus Pomp will put on their typical great Zappaween performance.

Joining BP will be Pat Buffo who has been a guest singer for BP a number of times over the years.

Ticket prices will be reduced from $25 to $20.

Feel better Napi!


2007 10 26
from: Napoleon Murphy Brock

Dear Jerry Outlaw, Fred Hemmer, Bogus Pomp, Bogus Pomp fans & Zappaween fans,

It is with great regret that I must withdraw from this year's planned Zappaween event.  I have been stricken with a virus, and it is not possible for me to perform at this time.

I was honored to have Bogus Pomp invite me to be a part of this year's show, and, in my opinion, Bogus Pomp is one of the best bands that I have had the privilege to perform with over the past seven years.

Please accept my deepest apology.  And I promise that, as soon as I am healthy again, I will return to Florida and do a show with Bogus Pomp that will knock your socks off.

Please enjoy your Zappaween celebration, and the music of Frank Zappa, performed by Bogus Pomp, some of the finest musicians that it is my honor to know and call my friends.


Napoleon Murphy Brock
  • 2007/10/27 Bogus Pomp - concert "Zappaween 12", Janus Landing


Jos Steen's new album (vinyl !!)  on the Antwerp based Ultra Eczema label should be out.

JOS STEEN; music for tape and turntable lp
ultra eczema 48

"jos steen is a remarkable outsider in the purest possible sense of the word ! telling stories about the dude always sounds like they're untrue or seriously exaggerated, the way he lives sounds like a fairytale and the way he acts would resemble the heaviest mix of bukkowski and bobby colombo. jos lives in a tiny house underneath a radiotower of the national tv and radiostation "vrt", where he works as an audio librarian, the house is built on the highest point of the area in a forest, u can see it from miles and miles away, it's tiny but can be called a museum! it is full of selfmade instruments and broken piano's, amazing wooden string instruments made of garbage and all kinds of foreign instruments noone remembers the name off. 
since around 1964 jos has been making poems, stories, paintings, collages, drawings and music/sound to kill the demons in his head or jam along to their forceful blues! some call him "the belgian beefheart" and the people that already forgot about beefheart talk about a local little howling wolf. 
jos always made selfreleased zines, tapes and more recently mountains of cdr's of homemade blues, broken bottle experiments and heavy free music folk. this lp is a selection of tracks of a recent cdr of tape and recordplayer experiments spiced with vacummcleaners, rotting voices, undefinable strings, piano's etc.. it's absolutely unthinkable his work could be potentially lost in time and space, for fuck's sake, the dude is a genius!!!!!!
in the past jos played with free jazz greats like peter jacquemin, andré goudbeek, yvo van der borght, with poetry psychos like roland topor and freddy de vree, and with zappa's own jimmy carl black who begged on his bare knees to play with jos, well maybe thats exaggerated as well.."




A lectur demonstration of the TVF Art Documentation Archive    (taal: English)

Saturday, november 10 from 20:00 until 23:00 h.

Free entrance, but reservation might be useful (tvf at artvideo dot tv) as there's only room for 49 persons

Art Cinema OFFoff vzw
Begijnhof ter Hoye
Lange Violettestraat 237
9000 Gent


TREKANTEN VIDEO FORMIDLING (TVF) is a video production company, functioning since 1980, creating and archiving documentation of aspects of art.
These include: Visual art, performance art, theatre, dance, experimental music and sound works, installations, exhibitions, festivals, lectures and seminars on all aspects of art.  Also interviews with artists, musicians, filmmakers, video artists, etc.
Our productions are, at present, only distributed to institutions, museums, galleries, workshops, universities, libraries and other organizations and NOT to individuals. 
TVF also maintains an archive, open for researchers, containing all our recorded material (published or not), of more than 3000 titles.

TVF ARCHIVE contains the following genre:

  • The Endless Story of FLUXUS

  • Other Sounds

  • Performance

  • Performance Theatre

  • Body Art & LIVE ART

  • Installations, Exhibitions, Events

  • Theatre

  • Dance & Performance Dance

  • Seminars, Lectures

  • Video Art Archaeology & Interviews

  • Film Art Archaeology & Interviews

  • Visual Art Archaeology & Interviews

  • Other Stage Productions (Opera, Cabaret, Shows etc)

  • Poetry & Poly Poetry

  • Improvised Music

  • Music & Concerts

  • Compilations for Exhibitions, screenings, etc.

  • Documentaries

  • Art videos

The lecture demonstration " JUST ANOTHER DAY IN THE LIFE OF A VIDEO DOCUMENTARIST" contain excerpts from the archive and I will give a short intruduction about the archive, the way of production and the use of the archive.

Svend Thomsen TVF

TVF ism. Art Cinema OFFoff vzw



2007 10 29
Marco sais:

Hi folks,

Not one, not two, but three new releases are available for free download right now:

Norja - Vuonoja [WM071]
(Electronic music for a proposed multimedia project about Norway.)

Greg Houwer - Roads of oblivion [WM072]
(A singer-songwriter whose style is firmly rooted in the pop/rock-tradition.)

Jeff McLeod - At the end of the path [WM073]
(Improvisations inspired by an older WM-release)

Download as much as you like!

best wishes,

Marco Kalnenek



Sheik Yerbouti says:

Halloween special mit Sheik Yerbouti


kleiner Tipp für Halloween:

SHEIK YERBOUTI feiert sein 15-jährige Bühnenjubiläum mit einem ganz besonderen Konzert

morgen Mi. 31.10. ab 21:00 im Café Hahn Koblenz

Be there or be square!




Vorankündigung, SHEIK YERBOUTI auch am:

Sa. 3.11., ab 21:00 in Wallmenroth, Stairway: Die geballte Ladung Zappa: Doppelkonzert mit THE MUFFIN MEN aus England.

Fr. 16.11. ab 21:00 in MAINZ, M8


  • 2007/10/31 Sheik Yerbouti - concert 'Café Hah', Koblenz, Germany
  • 2007/11/03 Sheik Yerbouti - concert 'Stairway', Wallmenroth, Germany
  • 2007/11/16 Sheik Yerbouti / The Muffin Men - concert, 'M8', Mainz, Germany



All of these albums are factory pressed, unofficially released CDs. Bootlegs. As you can see, there isn't too much info for these releases. If you have any extra info to add, please let me know.

2007 10 29


In our category "Rare Vai releases", here are two one-sided 7" singles from Spain. From 1993. The tracks are taken from Vai's "Sex & Religion" album.


2007 10 28

In 2003, Haggard and Halloo (the creative writing outfit from Austin TX) wrote Leslie Michel asking if she'd like to contribute.
They had found Leslie through her diary,

In 2007, Leslie submitted some work.

One of her pieces, The Final Bow, is about Vito Paulekas. It got posted in September.




2007/10/24, Zappa Plays Zappa performed at L.A.'s "Rockline" radio show. The broadcast included:
  1. Pygmy Twylyte
  2. Dupree's Paradise
  3. City Of Tiny Lites
  4. Willie The Pimp
  5. Dog Meat
  6. G-Spot Tornado

a bit over 40 minutes.


I saw The Wrong Object in concert last Saturday. They played at "De Singer" in Rijkevorsel (Belgium), and had brought two special guests along: Alex Maguire (a British jazz pianist who has performed with Evan Parker & Elton Dean, a.o.), and Robin Verheyen (belgian jazz sax player who is one of the revelations of the European jazz scene).

The concert was great, and you should have been there.
Lucky for you (and for the rest of us), the concert got recorded by VPRO radio, and it will be broadcast on midnight, November 8, on Dutch Radio. More details will follow.

The set-list did not include any Zappa compositions. The band did perform a couple of new pieces, however, plus a fantastic version of Elton Dean's 'Seven For Lee'.


Alex Maguire  /  Jean-Paul Estiévenart, Damien Polard & Robin Verheyen  /  2007/10/27 at 'De Singer'

2007 10 27


Dieter Jakob's vinyl bootleg bible has been delayed a little bit. The book was originally scheduled for release somewhere in October. It looks like it will be out somewhere in December, or maybe in January.

Remember, the book will be the most comprehensive work about the unofficial records of Frank Zappa. And as I told Dieter: "We Zappa fans are patient. We have to be...."

  • 100 handnumbered copies

  • 500 pages A4 (large format, about 8.2 by 11.7 inches), almost all pages full coloured.

  • Hardcover with thread sewing

  • Digitally printed on special high quality paper (paper used for illustrated books)

  • More than 3600 (!) photos from covers, label, vinyl (LPs and singles), booklets, other details, etc. about more than 300 different titles (vinyl only!)  

  • 100 handnumbered copies


I had mentioned this project earlier, but as new info has become available (like the band's name), I thought I'd add it once again:

A special event of Zappa music happened in Montreux on September 1st (2006 !!). It's the composer/arranger Ali N. Askin who had gathered a band to perform some of Frank's music. The band included special guests keyboardist Mats Öberg and drummer Morgan Ågren. Mats told that the band will perform Revised Music For Guitar And Low Budget Orchestra, Village Of The Sun, Echidna's Arf (Of You) and Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?, plus stuff from Zappa In New York.

Gustaf Hielm, former member of Meshuggah played the bass.

The event included music by Zappa and Varèse, including some arrangements and transcriptions of Zappa's music by Ali N. Askin. In the early 1990's Askin was Zappa's assistant for the project The Yellow Shark with Ensemble Modern.

The Ensemble that performed along with the guest musicians, was called the "MusikFabrik".


2006/09/01 - 20:00 h concert Montreux, Salle del Castillo

MusikFabrik, feat. Morgan Ågren, Mats Öberg, David Lindvall

  • Edgard Varèse - Poème Electronique

  • Edgard Varèse - Dance for Burgess

  • Edgard Varèse - Ionisation

  • Edgard Varèse - Intégrales

  • Edgard Varèse - Densité

  • Frank Zappa - Beltway Bandits

  • Frank Zappa - None Of The Above

  • Frank Zappa - T'Mershi Duween

  • Frank Zappa - The Black Page

  • Frank Zappa - RDNZL

  • Frank Zappa - Big Swifty

  • Frank Zappa - Revised Music

-- thanks (again) to HH for the newsflash & the extra info --

Has anyone seen or heard a recording of this project? I'd sure like to hear it, and I'm not the only one...



2007/10/17, over at the zappa dot com forum, Gail Zappa wrote: Frost is on the Pumpkins...

The discussion has been mentioned all over the place, but I'm still clueless on what to expect. Let's keep an eye on





Special Mail Out: October 22, 2007.



Hello Vai Fans in South America!

We are planning on holding the EVO PREMIUM EXPERIENCE at all shows on the South American tour, however we are requiring people who would like to take part in EVO to "pre-register" for these packages.

EVO PREMIUM EXPERIENCE packages are highly limited to 20 per show. In some cities, we will offer an extra 5-10 EVO packages as UPGRADES - meaning that these passes DO NOT include show tickets. You MUST buy regular tickets to the show separately from EVO UPGRADE passes.

EVO Pre-registration allows us to estimate fan interest in taking part in EVO, and make arrangements to hold EVO at each show.

By pre-registering, you are not obliged to purchase EVO PREMIUM EXPERIENCE packages, however we encourage people not to pre-register if they do not plan on buying the packages.

Prices for EVO tickets in South America are:

$225 USD (plus a $12 USD booking fee) for EVO PREMIUM EXPERIENCE packages

$192 USD (plus a $10 USD booking fee) for EVO UPGRADE packages (you MUST buy your own ticket to the show.)

Please note that the information on these pages applies to EVO PREMIUM EXPERIENCE packages. EVO UPGRADE packages receive the same items and benefits but MUST buy their own ticket to the show. If you buy an EVO UPGRADE package without having a ticket, you will not be let into the show.

Also note that there have been changes/additions to the South American Tour Dates:

  • 2007/11/05 Steve Vai - concert ‘Freegellsmusic', Belo Horizonte, Brazil  

  • 2007/11/06 Steve Vai - concert ‘Bourbon Street’, Sao Paulo, Brazil

  • 2007/11/07 Steve Vai - concert ‘Hellooch’, Curitiba, Brazil

  • 2007/11/09 Steve Vai - concert ‘Polideportivo Sausalito’, Viña del Mar, Chile

  • 2007/11/10 Steve Vai - concert ‘Court Central (outdoor)’, Santiago, Chile

  • 2007/11/12 Steve Vai - concert ‘Gran Rex Theatre’, Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • 2007/11/13 Steve Vai - concert ‘Gran Rex Theatre’, Buenos Aires, Argentina

If you have friends who do not visit regularly, but would also like to buy EVO PREMIUM EXPERIENCE tickets, please tell your friends!


Think Of One has a new album out, and you can listen to an interview with David Bovée over at the VRT's Exit Plus:

I added an entry for Think Of One, plus a discography.

2007 10 26


  • domenic troiano: the best of
        (2003, cd , canada, universal)
    • Last week, I added the Domenic Troiano "Dom" album to the Bunk & Buzz Gardner discography.
      One of the tracks on which Bunk & Buzz appear, can also be found on the impressive "The Best Of Domenic Troiano" album. I'm not the biggest fan of samplers or best of albums, but this one's really nice.
      It's out on Universal, in their "20th Century Masters" series.


Issue number 106 of Zappostrophe, the czech zappa fan club got released very recently:

zappostrophe no.106  -  2007


  • zappanale
  • zappaday 19.5.2007
  • "bite this", an article by frank owen about flo & eddie
  • vinnie colaiuta in modern drummer, by robyn flans
  • "pop und politik" from stereo magazine
  • trance-fusion
  • frank zappa tribute day at the hungarian music festival
  • the frank zappa strasse
  • the fz quartet live dvd


2007 10 23



The Wrong Object will be doing a couple of concerts the following days. If you're in the neighbourhood, be sure to check them out !!


  • 2007/10/25 Robin Verheyen, Alex Maguire & The Wrong Object - concert 'l'An Vert', Liège, Belgium
     - 20.00 h

  • 2007/10/27 Robin Verheyen, Alex Maguire & The Wrong Object - concert 'De Singer', Rijkevorsel, Belgium
     - 21.00 h



Next Saturday, 'Zaal 100' in Amsterdam, NL, has its "Thuismarkt" concert.

Why should you care? Well, around 21.00 h, Corrie van Binsbergen will be performing 'More Stories From The Girl Who Wasn't Talking', a piece for electric guitar & soundtrack. It's Corrie's answer to Frank Zappa's 'Shut Up 'N' Play Yer Guitar'.


2007 10 23

The Quiller Kartet will be appearing at a new location --- Corvallis. OK, Corvallis itself is not a new's been there for quite a while. Just ask anyone you meet there. BUT, it's a new performance venue for us Pojama People. Just a hop, skip n a jump from Eugene or two hops, a skip and a bigger jump from Portland. Or....perhaps you already live nearby....?

Pojama People Performing the Music of Frank Zappa
Nov 9  Fri  9pm
Sahalie Wine Bar
151 NW Monroe St 
Corvallis, OR 97330 

  • 2007/11/09 Pojama People - concert 'Sahalie Wine Bar', corvallis, OR, usa


Hey kids, are ya like me? Do ya love the Project/Object? I have put together a 9-CD compilation of the 2002 tours to make available for trade. This was arguably the greatest unit I have had the pleasure to share the stage with. Since I'm the arguing type, I continually strive to put forth a better argument. :^) The band included Ike Willis, Napoleon Murphy Brock with guests Mike Keneally, Bunk Gardner, Chris Opperman, Candy Zappa, Arthur Barrow, Bob & Thana Harris, Ed Palermo, Chuck Garvey to name a few. Andre Cholmondeley, Jordan Shapiro, Seahag, Dave Johnsen & yours truly rounded out the back-up. Drop me a line at gleonard9 at earthlink dot net if you'd like to trade for them.

"Be the first block on your kid."
---Isaac H Willis

"The woman who knew that I had dyslexia -- I never interviewed her."
  --George w. Bush 
Orange, CA
responding to a magazine article claiming he suffered from dyslexia


2007 10 21


  • frank zappa: live from radio 1968
        (2007, cd-bootleg, usa, howard carter)
    • A new FZ bootleg. Excellent stuff (although nothing new): the Beat Club show and the BBC sessions, both taken from radio broadcasts.


  • zappa & mothers: in europe
        (2007, lp-bootleg, ??, hedgehog records hdg0012)
    • Here's another brand-new vinyl bootleg. This time, it's a reissue of the famous World White label from the early seventies, called "In Europe". A different cover, and beautiful yellow vinyl.

2007 10 20


Here's another magazine cover from almost 25 years ago. It has been added to the Frank Zappa Magazines section:

hotwacks quarterly no°13
    (1983, magazine, usa)

  • Issue number 13 of Hotwacks Quarterly included the second part of R.C.'s article on the Mud Shark label
    • "The Mudshark Anthology - part two" by R.C. - 5 pages



Here's another addition to the Frank Zappa Books section:

die frank zappa story

by michael gray
(1994, book, ger, vgs)


= german translation of "mother! the frank zappa story", originally published in 1993. 



  • napoleon murphy brock featuring gregarious movement: after frank - 1st movement
        (2007, cd, usa, crossfire publications)
    • In 1976, after his time with Zappa, Napoleon Murphy Brock teamed up with some of his old friends. Together with keyboard player Cliffor Coulter and drummer Billy Ingram he formed Gregarious Movement. In 1977 they were joined by Thomas Reed on guitar.
      "After Frank - 1st Movement" catches the band in 1977, live in concert at the 'C'est Bonne" club in Santa Cruz. The album presents five tracks. All of the songs are coverversions: three from the Ohio Players, one from Al Green, and the last one from The Five Stairsteps.

      Now, this will be hard to believe, but Napoleon only sings lead on one track (Al Green's 'Let's Stay Together'). The majority of the songs have Billy Ingram on lead vocals, and he sure has a great voice. Even more suprising is that the three voices sound quite alike and that they blend together perfectly. This does mean that we have a lot of Napoleon's sax during the show, and his playing is fluent as ever. With a voice like that, one might tend to forget that Napoleon Murphy Brock is a superb saxophone player as well. 

      Gregarious Movement knows its classics and puts down a hell of a performance. This is top-shelf soul/funk/jazz or whatever you would like to call it.

      "After Frank - 1st Movement" is a must-have for every Napoleon Murphy Brock fan.
    • Higly recommended !!

2007 10 19


French fanzine "Zap" got published between 1985 and 1988 by Jean-Marie Orliange.

- additional info & pics: slime.oofytv.set

zap no.0 - feb 1985  (par Jean-Marie Orliange)

28 pages

  • Cover: Fusain de Regina
  • Sommaire
  • Editorial
  • Zappactualités  (dessin au crayon de Piet)
  • Photo de Fabrice Gaiffe (Lyon 30/09/84)
  • Le saviez-vous?
  • Illustration: Zappa laché par la femme
  • Portrait Jimmy Carl Black
  • Concert du 15 décembre 1970
  • Où trouver les chroniques des disques de Zappa dans la presse française
  • Autres  fanzines sur Zappa
  • Cal Schenkel
  • affiche de Cal Schenkel
  • Spontaneous Combustion
  • Tournée 1984
  • Liste de recherche
  • FZ à Paris, janvier 1984

zap no.1 - nov 1985  (par Jean-Marie Orliange)

28 pages

  • Cover: FZ au Gaumont le 15/12/70
  • Article dans Libération du 1/10/85
  • Sommaire
  • Editorial
  • Zappactualités - photo FZ le 17/05/82 (R.Chauvin)
  • Don Ellis
  • Le saviez-vous?
  • Usage de faux en Verve
  • Zapp-Stee-Toot - photo le 4/02/85 (P.Öberg)
  • Underground
  • Missing Persons
  • Disques
  • Coverversions & FZ involvements in other artists' records - part 1 by Hans-Peter Schmidt
  • Zappazines en activité
  • Mothers '67

zap no.2 - april 1986  (par Jean-Marie Orliange)

28 pages

  • FZ au Nouvel Hippodrome de Paris le 17/5/82 (photo Guy Ferrandis)

  • Revue de presse de Viva Zappa

  • Sommaire

  • Editorial (illustration: Barrigue)

  • Zap-actualités (illustrations: Solé, Rainer Krause)

  • Rainer Krause (illustration: R.Krause)

  • L'influence de Zappa (1ère partie) par Philippe Renaud (illustration: Maginelle)

  • The Mud Shark, tentative d'explication

  • Zapp-Stee-Toot again

  • Bleeding Romeo (photo Paul Kray)

  • Underground

  • Liberatore par Ulrich Lemke (illustrations: Liberatore)

  • Zappa contributions (part 2) par Hans-Peter Schmidt

  • Disques

  • Vidéo - le saviez-vous?

  • Petites annonces - autres zappazines

  • Tarifs d'abonnement

  • Zappa '67

zap no.3 - april 1987  (par Jean-Marie Orliange)

28 pages

  • Cover: Zappa '79 (photo archive JMO)

  • Dessin Thingfish par Denis Joly

  • Sommaire

  • Editorial

  • Zap actualité

  • L'influence de Zappa (2ème partie) par Philippe Renaud (maquette: Laurent Maginelle)

  • Zappa contributions (part 3) par Hans-Peter Schmidt

  • Cal Schenkel artwerks

  • Infrasteff (photo: Bruno Blumer)

  • Underground

  • Le saviez-vous?

  • Disques

  • Black 'n Blues (photo: Greg Light)

  • Tarifs: abonnement et petites annonces autres Zappazines

  • "Does this kind of fanzine look interesting to you?"

  • Jimmy Carl Black '85

zap no.4 - april 1988  (par Jean-Marie Orliange)

28 pages

  • Cover: extrait de l'album "Pop&Rock&Col&gram" par Solé, Dister & Gotlib (Fluide Glacial)

  • Tournée 1988

  • Sommaire

  • Editorial

  • Zap actualités (photo M.chaurand)

  • Nouvelles des chouchous

  • Zappa contributions (part 4) part Hans-Peter Schmidt

  • Collage

  • Samplers

  • RTC

  • Underground

  • Pub Reprise

  • Disques

  • Petites annonces, taris, autres fanzines

  • Anciens numéros

  • Partrait de Marko Nakari + dessins par Solé & Gotlib


Here are some scans of a Beefheart promo letter.

These poem sheets are about 215 x 280 mm, folded in 3.

The scribbles on the poem sheets are printed on.

These are record company prints.


-- info: Hans-Peter Schmidt


Here's a nice picture of the poster for the 1970 Bath Festival.

A copy got sold on ebay recently for about 8 euros...


-- info: Hans-Peter Schmidt


In 1969, the Spotnicks recorded Frank Zappa's 'Lumpy Gravy' as a b-side for their 'Diamonds' single. The track can also be found on various Spotnicks compilations. Here are pictures of the 7":

-- info: Hans-Peter Schmidt

cover label


In 1979, Dutch duo Paul en André recorded a dutch version of Frank Zappa's 'Love Of My Life'. The track got released both on 7" and on album. Here are pictures of the 7":

-- info: Hans-Peter Schmidt

cover label


Ryofu recorded Frank Zappa's 'My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama' on her "Take It To The Limit" album.
  • ryofu: take it to the limit
        (200?, cd, uk, dragonstorm records) - incl.'my guitar wants to kill your mama' (frank zappa)

-- info: Hans-Peter Schmidt

2007 10 18



  • 2007/10/27 Bogus Pomp - concert "Zappaween 12", 'The State Theater, St.Petersburg, FL, usa



There is no BP USF conflict on Zappaween

Several have written whether the South Florida game will be on TV at the State Theater 10/27. The game that day is on ABC at 3:30 so no worry about missing it. Hopefully, we will all be at Zappaween celebrating a SF victory.

While not confirmed, it has been reported that the USF game was moved to accommodate the Bogus Pomp fans.

Fred :)


DOOT! 2007 09 14 (2)

2007 09 14

[DOOT] DOOT!Tales, Told to an Idiot, Full of Sound and Fury...

We bring you this extra-special All-Idiot UP!DOOT:
Earlier this year DOOT! agreed to participate in Andrew Greenaway's "20 Extraordinary Renditions" project, a compilation of interpretations of the Zappa composition "The Idiot Bastard Son".
You might know Andrew as "The Idiot Bastard", or maybe you don't... but you should. DOOT! teamed up with our good friend, Annemarieke Blondel-Schoonderwaldt (aka Ke), a very talented viola player from Saxony, and put together a decidedly un-rock rendition of this classic composition. DOOT! will be releasing a bonus track soon, but
you will have to wait for the actual release to hear our contribution to this critically important and socially redeeming document. See the details here: and see his whole website here:

But Wait! There's More!

Andrew dug up the audio from our lengthy IBS interview at Zappanale 17 in 2006. Andrew, Canadian John, and Uncle Ian set forth to interview the DOOTs: Pete Brunelli, Stephen Chillemi, and Andre Cholmondeley, after our performance on Sunday morning at Zappanale 17. As hard as we tried to forget the whole incident, Andrew has found the audio and put it up on his website for all to hear. Yep, it kinda rambles, and you can hear us move locations twice: once for noise; and once because we set the recorder down on a underground wasp's nest! Yes, really. We ramble on about many topics including some historical background on DOOT!, various Zappa-opinioneering, and some tales of our musical background. See the page and hear the audio here: We especially love the output of the voice-to-text program... I think that really gets to the core of what we were trying to say.

Andrew has been a great friend of DOOT! and we owe him Nothing! NOTHING! Well.. we owe him thanks for taking the time to cover our merry little band of space-music weirdos in any way at all when he could be spending his time in a myriad of other ways. He could be playing far out jazz with Blood, Sweat, and Tears... He could be reinventing the Buffalo Chicken Wing with canadian John and getting rich in the process... He could be finding a cure for Kraut Rock! it is a DOOT! burden that we have sidetracked him from more important work.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled de-programming.


picture by Andrew Greenaway, taken from


2007/08/25 Bogus Pomp - concert 'Catherine Hickman Theater', Gulfport, FL, usa
  • ~ set 1 ~  

    • Big Swifty (Miles Beyond), Dog Breath Variations, Uncle Meat, Black Napkins, Pound for a Brown, Florentine Pogen, Andy, Inca Roads

  • ~ set 2 ~    

    • Peaches en Regalia, Montana, Sinister Footwear, Black Page #2, Dupree's Paradise/Approximate (Birds of Fire), Echidna's Arf, Don't you ever wash that thing?, Little house I used to live in, Strictly Genteel


2007 10 16

DOOT! 2007 09 14

(this one was still in my mail-box..., a bit late, but the message is still HOT)

2007 09 14

[DOOT] DOOT!NOOTS from the Krypt! 

Heya Dootarinos!

It has been a while since we dropped any email on ya, so grab a tasty beverage and check this one out.


In August, DOOT! made the pilgrimage to Zappanale 18 in Bad Doberan, Germany. Pete was able to bunk with a big bunch of Zappateers at their top secret bungalow. The highlights included having to get some German/Austrian muscle down there to hash out the cash and toilet paper situation with the fiercely alcoholic landlady, late night exposure to Jenever and smoked reindeer, a merciful delivery of Brugge Tripel, English morning tea (no crumpets, sorry to say) and relatively easy access to the festival grounds.
Stephen and MaryJayne took one for the team, working the Arf-shop merchandise concession for the whole three days. But it didn't stop there. Stephen made Zappanale go bonkers when he performed "Electricity" with our local buddies Kimono Draggin. It was great to see so many familiar faces and watch our hometown band Kimono Draggin, featuring Joey "Delicious" Nolan (our bandmate in Doctor Dark) just rocking the balls off of the Zappanale crowd. As hard as it is to win over a festival crowd with original material, KD succeeded in getting them rocking. Way to go Draggins!

See the DOOT!BLOG for a day by day rundown, photos, and links -
Check out some vids on YouTube: and if you search YouYube for "zappanale" there are some other great Zappanale 18 videos. I have a few linked in my YouTube favorites.

DOOT! Website Update:

DOOT! has added a Merch/Downloads page with info on getting your very own DOOT! T-Shirt, and downloads of free-as-in-beer DOOT! recordings.

We plan to be adding several full length DOOT! performances to the page in the near future, and there should be additional merch options in the upcoming weeks. We will be setting up a PayPal button for purchasing T-Shirts, but until then just drop us an email and we will hook you up with the particulars. The deal is T-Shirt and a CD (a surprise pick from our vaults), shipped, for $20 in the USA, and E20 shipped to Yurrip.

Speaking of merch: A big shout-out to French DOOT!FAN Emmanuel Girard, who snagged a DOOT! T-shirt/CD/BonusCD combo pack! Thanks for the support, Big-E!

While we will have a newly minted DOOT! recording available on the website soon (More free downloads! Yipeeeeee!!!), we do not have any live performances planned at this time. Be sure that this will change and w are hoping to have at least one gig on the calendar before the end of the year.

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That ChollyHoss Productions also makes the finest in handbuilt chopper bicycles?

That's RIGHT! You can come even closer to looking as cool as you actually are by being seen on a ChollyHoss Chopper. Drop us an email for more info.

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  • total guitar: issue 168 - nov 2007
        (2007/11, magazine, uk)

    • The November issue of Total Guitar magazine included a transcription of Steve Vai's 'Sisters'.
      The track can also be found on the bonus CD.

    • various artists: total guitar #168
          (2007, cdrom, uk, tg168/11/07)

      • Steve Vai: 'Sisters'

      • Steve Vai: 'For The Love Of God' - backing track



Last week, I mentioned Domenic Troiano's album on which both Bunk and Buzz Gardner participated. There's also a 7", taken from the same album:


  • all my loving
        (2007, dvd, uk, voiceprint)
    • Released by Voiceprint in September 2007, this DVD shows the documentary that Tony Palmer made for BBC Television in 1968.
      It features various snippets of a Frank Zappa interview, including Zappa's story of the Marines ripping up a doll on stage.



I don't know if I mentioned this one before, so here we go:

Recently, a new White Stripes bootleg turned up. It's a limited and numbered edition of 350 copies, on red vinyl, and it includes the famous Sub Pop Records 7" tracks.


the album cover the vinyl



Stratospheerius performs the Simpsons' theme





The Frank Vignola Quintet is to release an album (download only) called "Kong Man" next February. It will include a coverversion of Zappa's 'Lemme Take You To The Beach'.



The Foolz will be performing the music of Frank Zappa at the Bluescafé in Apeldoorn, NL, on October 19 at 21.30 h.

  • 2007/10/19 The Foolz - concert 'Bluescafé', Apeldoorn, NL



Sonic Youth recently re-released their famous "Daydream Nation" album. The album was inititally released in 1988 as a double vinyl album. The re-release exists in two versions: a 4 LP box set, and a double CD. Both editions include a live concert and a couple of demos. One of these demos is Captain Beefheart's 'Electricity', originally released on the "Fast 'n Bulbous" Beefheart tribute album in 1988.

the 4 LP box the 2 CD set
2007 10 15


Here's another batch of beautiful covers from slime.oofytv.set 's collection.

The one on the right is:

  • national lampoon
        (1970/09, magazine, usa)
    • The September issue of National Lampoon featured Zappa on the College Concert Cut-Up page. 



-- thanks to slime.oofytv.set

  • l.a. star #119
        (1969, magazine, usa)
    • Issue number 119 of the L.A. Star included a 2-page Zappa interview.
  • sounds #23
        (1970/11, magazine, germany)
    • The November 1970 issue of German magazine Sounds included a 3-page Zappa interview (and features a governator on the cover...)

  • stereo review
        (1971/06, magazine, usa)
    • The June 1971 issue of Stereo Review included an 11-page article on Varèse, plus a 2-page article by Zappa entitled: "Edgard Varèse: Idol Of My Youth."

  • sound waves vol.4 no.7
        (1993/03, magazine, usa)
    • The March 1993 issue of this local Conneticut monthly magazine included a 2-page article on Zappa.


  • spotlight
        (1981/12, magazine, germany)
    • The December 1981 issue of Spotlight included a 5-page Zappa interview.
  • musica & som no.27
        (1978/03, magazine, portugal)
    • The March 1978 issue of Musica & Som included a 2-page Zappa article.

  • liberation no.820
        (1984/01/09, magazine, france)
    • The January 09 issue of Liberation included a 4-page Zappa article.
  • popular 1
        (1978, magazine, spain)
    • a 38-page, all-Zappa issue

  • tutti frutti no.1
        (1982/11, magazine, italy)
    • The first issue of Tutti Frutti, November 1982, included a 16-page Zappa photo feature with intro by Massimo Bassoli.

  • scene vol.15 no.36
        (1984/09/06, magazine, usa)
    • The September 06, 1984, issue of this northeast ohio weekly magazine included a 2-page interview with Frank Zappa.





  • 2007/10/10 Project/Object - concert ‘Webster Theatre’, Hartford CT, usa
  • 2007/10/11 Project/Object - concert ‘Revolution Hall’,Albany NY, usa
  • 2007/10/12 Project/Object - concert ‘Lion's Den’,Nyc NY, usa  (special opener - JERRY CUCCURULLO's new fusion band!!)
  • 2007/10/13 Project/Object - concert ‘Asbury Lanes’,Asbury Pk NJ, usa - New Venue!!
  • 2007/10/14 Project/Object - concert ‘World Cafe' Live’,Phila PA, usa (opener CRESCENT MOON w/Dave of WEEN & Eric Slick!)
  • 2007/10/15 Project/Object - concert ‘Chameleon Club’,Lancaster PA, usa
  • 2007/10/16 Project/Object - concert ‘Jazz Cafe’,Wilkes Barre PA, usa
  • 2007/10/17 Project/Object - concert ‘Beachland Ballroom’,Cleveland OH, usa
  • 2007/10/18 Project/Object - concert ‘Magic Bag’,Detroit MI, usa
  • 2007/10/19 Project/Object - concert ‘Martyr's’,Chicago IL, usa
  • 2007/10/20 Project/Object - concert ‘Martyr's’,Chicago IL, usa
  • 2007/10/21 open
  • 2007/10/22 Project/Object - concert ‘Shank Hall’,Milwaukee WI, usa
  • 2007/10/23 Project/Object - concert ‘Majestic Theatre’,Madison WI, usa
  • 2007/10/24 Project/Object - concert ‘Poison Room’,Cincinnati OH, usa - the music of frank zappa, live!!

  • Napoleon Murphy Brock - sax, flute, vocals

  • Andre' Cholmondeley - guitar, vocals

  • Dave Johnsen - Electric Bass, vocals

  • Eric Slick - drums, vocals

  • Eric Svalgard  - keys, vocals

  • Joshua Oxford - marimba, percussion (sp. guest 10-16 October)

Hey there.....

Andre' here.

here I am again...awake at 4:30am in some hotel in Wilmington DE...... we must be on tour !
Well well, it's Project/Object Time..... we are back on the road.. It's been since about mid January...and it's good to be starting up tonite on a very quick run.....

Dates are below..and of course at the site....

First -- the URGENT/TIMELY news.. we had a gig get cancelled for this coming sat 13 oct... but we moved it 3 blocks away -- 
So please note -- the STONE PONY/ASBURY PARK NJ  gig for sat 13 oct now at...ASBURY LANES/ASBURY PARK NJ, same day --sat 13oct...

This gig was pulled from the flames... and saved... Without getting into details -- certain "dark forces" seek to prevent us - and many others -from performing this music.. they will never stop us, until we are ready to stop and pass the baton. The show will always go on!! Frank asked for fans to PLAY HIS MUSIC and ...we will do our small part.


Andre' Cholmondeley
ThinkElectronic Productions


We are celebrating over TEN YEARS of LIVE Zappa Music...with the amazing people who recorded it!

Other than Frank Zappa himself...we are The World's ONLY band that has featured live onstage ZAPPA ALUMNI --- Ike Willis, Ed Mann, Mike Keneally, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Denny Walley, Don Preston, Bunk Gardner, Bob Harris, Thana Harris, Jimmy Carl Black, Ray White, Al Malkin, Arthur Barrow, Roy Estrada, and even claymation genius Bruce Bickford (Baby Snakes/Dub Room movies) !!!

Other guests have included Ed Palermo (EP Big Band), Dave Fiuczynski (Screaming Headless Torsos/Kif/Hiromi), Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs/Steve Morse/Joe Satriani), Jerry Cuccurullo (Warren Cuccurullo Band/ L. Shankar/Dweezil Zappa) , Chris Opperman (Shankar, Mike Keneally Band, Steve Vai orchestrator)  Tom Trapp (Steve Vai orchestrator), Joe Deninzon (Stratospheerius), Bon Lozaga (Gongzilla), Gary Lucas (Guitar/Captain Beefheart), Jimmy Wilson (Dennis Chambers Band), Jim Loughlin & Chuck Garvey (moe.), Gregg Bendian (Mahavishnu Project, The Musical Box), Adam Holzman (Brave New World, Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Project), Jerry Outlaw (Bogus Pomp), Kilissa Cissoko (Voice Of Cheez), Elliott Levin (New Ghost),  and soooooo many more. We thank them ALL for expanding the scope of what we are trying to do to celebrate and promote Zappa's music.

As we look back on this great , fun decade of playing for YOU, the special supportive audience -- we are incredibly touched and honored also that... our audience members have included Candy Zappa, Bob Zappa, Carl Zappa (Frank's siblings), "Bald Headed" John Smothers (Zappa Bodyguard for many years), "Donna U Wanna" & "Janet The Planet" (fr. BABY SNAKES movie), Coy Featherstone (Zappa lighting director for many yrs), Elliott Ingber (Zappa's guitarist on FREAK OUT!), Nick Cave, Bob Musso, Matt Resnicoff (guitar historian, editor of MUSICIAN/GUITAR WORLD), Matt Groening (Simpsons Creator), Gary Green (GENTLE GIANT), Artimus Pyle (Skynyrd drummer)....Paul Kersey (drummer/Max Webster) Mark Wood (Violin Madman), Dave Dreiwitz & Claude Coleman (WEEN), John Ferenzik (keys/Todd Rundgren band), Jimmy Leslie (GUITAR PLAYER mag.)...Bob Moog (MOOG synthesizer inventor/pioneer) and sooo many more. A complete honor and inspiration -- all of it !

Indulge me as I reminisce about what a special ride it has been!! Come celebrate with all of us again.....

Coming in Nov2007 and beyond ....Look out for DELICIOUS on tour with Andre' and Eric Slick.. psychedelic stonerrock with a twist...

Oh - and I can't resist a Politics Minute:
(to those of you in the USA)....The US Congress just wasted your TIME and TAX DOLLARS when they VOTED ON AN AD!!!. 
Whatever your thoughts on - doesn't matter. I'm certain you don't want the congress -- in these times - officially condemning FREE AMERICAN SPEECH.

Here's how these fools wasted (y)our time:
Both branches of Congress approved a resolution to condemn's newspaper ad that was titled "General Petraeus or General Betray Us?"
the House of Representatives voted 341-79 (420 voted, braah, out of 435)
the Senate voted 72-25. (97 voted out of 100)
These JERKS miss votes, stay home or whatever for REALLY IMPORTANT votes.....and for this nonsense they show up!! What a farce.


Here's the cover of the Sting "The Art Of The Heart" bootleg. It includes Sting's version of Zappa's "The Idiot Bastard Son".




-- info: Hans-Peter Schmidt



JRC is starting a recording label that specializes in outsider performers, performance art, and monologues.

It is called onewordlong and he just finished the 2nd release, "What I Did On My Summer Vacation" which is a free download.

I haven't heard yet, but I like the idea already.

Here's the address:

Check it out !!



Next Saturday, 2007 10 20,Andreia Rodrigues and Justin Yep will dance in a choreography of Eddy Becquart, on the music of Frank Nuyts.

Frank Nuyts' piece is called 'Where The Wind Goes', and will be performed by I Solisti del Vento (7 wind instruments).

The performance will take place at the Zuiderpershuis in Antwerp, Belgium, at 14.00 h.


2007 10 15

Upcoming shows;

details soon!!!!!



2007 10 14


A message from Mike:

Euro-gigs, Dëthkløk tour and downloads debut!

Oh hey! I thought that was you, but I wasn't sure at first, but now in this light it's a lot easier to tell. You look good. Hi, you. Whaddup?

Flying to Budapest in the morning, I've never been there before. I'm going to get down on my knees in the dirt and kiss it like it's Lester Bangs' sister. Hello, Budapest! I'm going to play with Ed Mann for the first time in almost 20 years, which is stunningly delightful to me, and with a large ensemble of ingenious Hungarian musicians called the Modern Art Orchestra, playing a bunch of new Tom Trapp arrangements of Frank Zappa music. We're doing a lot of material from Burnt Weeny Sandwich which makes me freakin' happy because that album doesn't get the spotlight like it ought to. And hey, a couple of weeks ago I heard Weasels Ripped My Flesh again and possibly enjoyed it more than I ever have before. It's so utterly shameless and snotty. I love it. Listening to "Eric Dolphy's Memorial Barbecue" I noticed (at 2:13 on the CD version) the drums do a little (sounds improvised) rhythmic figure that is identical to the opening phrase of "Black Page #1." Maybe that little nanosecond of percussion adlib lodged in an occult section of Frank's memory bank gestating for years later to be aborned as the opening salvo in his percussion meisterwork. Or maybe not but it's fun to imagine. Hey, did you also notice that at 3:47 of "Cruisin' For Burgers" on the CD version of Zappa In New York, during the guitar solo, that Frank messes around for awhile with what would later become the opening phrase of "Mo and Herb's Vacation"? You did know that? You knew about the "Eric Dolphy" thing too? You don't have to be so smug about it! Stop laughing at me!

Then, I'm going to Sweden for the IB Expo '07, a remarkable festival hosted every year by a brilliant musical group called Isildurs Bane, wherein they invite musicians they enjoy from around the globe (the big one, not the one on the desk in your den) to collaborate on music for a few days of rehearsal and then present the fruits of their labor in concert. (Microsoft Word thinks that last sentence was too long. Eat it, Microsoft Word!) I'm bringing some pieces from The Universe Will Provide to use as fodder (thank you Chris Opperman for, ahem, providing many necessary materials to allow this to occur!) and will write some new stuff with the gang as well. I mean, damn! They've invited a thereminist to perform! You think I DON'T to hear my guitar and a theremin do something in unison? How wrong can you be? Sure makes you look silly after all your gloating about the "Eric Dolphy" and "Mo and Herb's Vacation" action doesn't it! Well, life is for learning.

Still, you look really good in this light.

Then I get to go home for ONE DAY and see my girlfriend (who restrung my guitar today!) and daughter (who identified "Numbered Days" from Half Zaftig's Life Like Luster album is being in 7/4 a couple of days ago!) before going to LA for four days of DETHKLOK rehearsals before the tour. (The episode of Metalocalypse which premiered last night has me doing a couple of voices again-- the guy who gets his head crushed in the opening scene, and the kid who gets kidnapped for illegally downloading DETHKLOK mp3s. I think I was funnier in this episode than in the first one I did voices for. In the first one I thought my voices were Komedy Killer, baby, and not in the good way. Brendon was kind though. Too kind. He was over here for nine hours yesterday teaching me DETHKLOK songs. The sh*t is not easy. Oh, there have been some people talking sh*t about me on some metal message boards in connection with the DETHKLOK tour. Hey, bite me, haters, nice to meet you!) Anyway, you can find the itinerary of the tour elsewhere in this beautiful thing you're looking at.

Me and Sarah ordered us the full-on discbox of Radiohead's new album tout suite, baby. Hell yeah we did.

But if you love downloads, like I love downloads, check out the exciting premiere of these downloads at the three bonus CDs (Wooden Smoke Asleep, Dancing With Myself and Nonkertalk), from Exowax's three out-of-print Special Editions, are now ready to be fed to your computer, and then to your ears, like nobody's business. All available as zip files of non-DRM hi-res (256k+) mp3s, compatible with all mp3 players. $10 each. This makes me pretty wiggly with happiness, especially in the case of Wooden Smoke Asleep which I think is a really, really nice record. But hey, they're all really nice! Don't let me stop you from buying all three! In any case I'm glad we're finally making some downloads available for you and I'm sure we'll be using the technology in all kinds of evilly fascinating ways as time continues, inexorably, on.

This is all I have to say!

I love you.



Upcoming Keneally appearances:

  • 2007/10/13 Mike Keneally with Ed Mann and the Modern Art Orchestra - "Budapest Autumn Festival", Millenáris Teátrum, Budapest, Hungary

  • 2007/10/20 Mike Keneally - "IB Expo '07", 'Kulturhuset', Halmstad, Sweden

    • Featuring Mike Keneally, Isildurs Bane, Pamelia Kurstin (theremin), Björn J:son Lindh (flute, keyboards), Luca Calabrese (trumpet) and Christian Saggese (guitar)

Dëthkløk Tour  (featuring Brendon Small, Mike Keneally, Bryan Beller & Gene Hoglan)

  • 2007/10/29 Dëthkløk - concert 'Univ. of New Mexico ', Albuquerque, NM, 

  • 2007/10/31 Dëthkløk - concert 'UNLV ', Las Vegas, NV, usa

  • 2007/11/01 Dëthkløk - concert 'UCLA ', Los Angeles, CA, usa

  • 2007/11/02 Dëthkløk - concert 'UC Berkeley ', Berkeley, CA, usa

  • 2007/11/03 Dëthkløk - concert 'UCSB ', Santa Barbara, CA, usa

  • 2007/11/05 Dëthkløk - concert 'Colorado State ', Fort Collins, CO, usa

  • 2007/11/07 Dëthkløk - concert 'Univ. of Minnesota ', Minneapolis, MN, usa

  • 2007/11/11 Dëthkløk - concert 'CU Boulder ', Boulder, CO, usa

  • 2007/11/13 Dëthkløk - concert 'Southern Illinois Carbondale ', Carbondale, IL, usa

  • 2007/11/15 Dëthkløk - concert 'Univ. of Oklahoma ', Norman, OK, usa

  • 2007/11/17 Dëthkløk - concert 'Univ. of Kansas ', Lawrence, KS, usa

  • 2007/11/18 Dëthkløk - concert 'Northwestern ', Chicago, IL, usa




Chad Wackerman will be touring with Alan Holdsworth again:



Guitar wizard Mattias IA Eklundh is touring, and doing clinics. Both solo and with Freak Kitchen !




hello one more time today folks....

Just wanted to alert you -- the various Zappa alumni remain VERY busy -- BTW -- in the middle of the DON PRESTON tour, we took him to see STEVE VAI... what an amazing show, amazing night, and special time as Don and Steve spoke for a while after the show.

Well - here is info on some great new CDs --from publisher/independent CD producer/engineer --GREG RUSSO -- author of the great Zappa book COSMIK DEBRIS. He aLso has done excellent books on Jethro Tull, Manfred Mann, The Yardbirds and more!

PS - the first CD he mentions NEONFIRE, is a power-pop project --features Candy Zappa, Napoleon Murphy Brock and yours truly Andre' Cholmondeley on all guitars.......also not listed is the new NAPOLEON MURPHY BROCK cd..which we will have for sale on this tour.


Hi, I’m Greg Russo, owner of Crossfire Publications.  In addition to the FZ book that I wrote and published, “Cosmik Debris,” my company has recently released CDs by many former members of Zappa’s bands as well as artists that worked with Frank in the studio.  There are lots more on the way.  Here is a list of what we have available so far, along with links to CD Baby and iTunes for people that would like to listen and/or download tracks:

NEONFIRE – Neonfire


THE TORNADOES – Charge Of The Tornadoes

JIMMY CARL BLACK – When Do We Get Paid?

DON PRESTON – Vile Foamy Ectoplasm

BUNK GARDNER – It’s All Bunk!


JIMMY CARL BLACK – Where’s The $%&§#@' Beer?

All of our CDs and books are also available on Project/Object’s tour, and at, and

All of these CDs can be heard on Rhapsody, Napster and dozens of other sites.
A few more CDs are in progress right now:

  • a reissue of Bob Harris’ 1986 album “The Great Nostalgia” with lots of bonus tracks, 
  • Napoleon Murphy Brock’s “After Frank – 1st Movement” (a 1977 live show with his group Gregarious Movement)
  • and two different Grandmothers compilations – one with older recordings, and one with recordings by the current lineup.

Currently, I’m finalizing the publishing and master agreements to release the recordings made at PAL Studios – the studio that owner Paul Buff sold to Frank Zappa in 1964.  Once Zappa bought the studio, it became known as Studio Z.  There will be a series of at least 7 CDs of PAL recordings taken from master tapes and acetates, and there are over a half dozen UNRELEASED tracks with Zappa.  I expect to release the first volume in the series in time for the holidays.  These CDs reveal how Paul Buff, and a little later on, Frank Zappa, created their earliest works.  All of these recordings are very rare and expensive if you can find them, but they will all be made available through this series at a fraction of the cost.
In the next few months and into early 2008, we also plan to release Don Preston’s “Retrospective,” Napoleon Murphy Brock’s “Before Frank” and “After Frank – 2nd Movement,” Jimmy Carl Black’s “Brown, Black & Blue” (with Arthur Brown), “Can I Borrow A Couple Of Bucks Until The End Of The Week?” and “If We’d Only Been Living In California…,” Candy Zappa’s “My Brother Was A Mother” and both of Nolan Porter’s albums: “No Apologies” and “Nolan.” Thanks for supporting REAL music played by REAL people! GR




  • 2007/10/10 Project/Object - concert ‘Webster Theatre’, Hartford CT, usa
  • 2007/10/11 Project/Object - concert ‘Revolution Hall’,Albany NY, usa
  • 2007/10/12 Project/Object - concert ‘Lion's Den’,Nyc NY, usa
  • 2007/10/13 Project/Object - concert ‘Asbury Lanes’,Asbury Pk NJ, usa - New Venue!!
  • 2007/10/14 Project/Object - concert ‘World Cafe' Live’,Phila PA, usa
  • 2007/10/15 Project/Object - concert ‘Chameleon Club’,Lancaster PA, usa
  • 2007/10/16 Project/Object - concert ‘Jazz Cafe’,Wilkes Barre PA, usa
  • 2007/10/17 Project/Object - concert ‘Beachland Ballroom’,Cleveland OH, usa
  • 2007/10/18 Project/Object - concert ‘Magic Bag’,Detroit MI, usa
  • 2007/10/19 Project/Object - concert ‘Martyr's’,Chicago IL, usa
  • 2007/10/20 Project/Object - concert ‘Martyr's’,Chicago IL, usa
  • 2007/10/21 open
  • 2007/10/22 Project/Object - concert ‘Shank Hall’,Milwaukee WI, usa
  • 2007/10/23 Project/Object - concert ‘Majestic Theatre’,Madison WI, usa
  • 2007/10/24 Project/Object - concert ‘Poison Room’,Cincinnati OH, usa - the music of frank zappa, live!!



and now, the newsflash from a little while ago, but this time with the extra bonus flyer...

Zappa(teers) festival in Holland!!!

Following on from the success of the Zappateer weekend in England earlier this year,
the Zappateers are following up with the third Zappateer weekend for of the 14th and 15th March 2008, in a tranquil forest location near the historic Dutch city of Nijmegen close to the German border.

Promising to be bigger and even better than last time, Audrey one of the festival organisers said;
Everyone had such a great time at Bradford we just couldn't resist doing another one. This time we're holding it in mainland Europe to make it as accessible as possible for Zappateers and Zappa fans from all over Europe to attend. We've even managed to select a venue which includes accommodation so people don't have the expense or struggle to find accommodation themselves and which also means the partying can continue all weekend”.

Audrey was even more excited when talking about the line-up for the weekend.
We're really excited about this year's acts, we've so far confirmed 5 great bands, have another amazing band in the process of confirming and have possibly 2 or even 3 more bands in the pipeline, I really think people are going to be in for a dynamite show”.

The bands confirmed so far are:

    Wrong Object,
    those accomplished purveyors of psychedelic jazz with modern rock sensibilities and downright great musicians are a real coup for the festival and promise to be a real highlight of the weekend.

    Cuccurullo Brillo Brullo,
    Known as the Dutch masters, veterans of Zappanale, and all round great guys, Cuccurullo Brillo Brullo are doing their best to keep the music of Zappa alive by lovingly recreating his fabulous work live. Do not miss.

    The Foolz,
    veterans of the Zappa scene and great friends of the Zappateers always entertain whenever they're let loose on their instruments and on their native soil will excel themselves.

    Monty and the Butchers,
    those young English dudes fresh from their fabulous début performance at Zappanale and their brilliant show at Bradford on Avon offer a high octane mix of Zappa and their own funky compositions.

    a Dutch band will Freak everyone out with some early Zappa complete with zany and crazy stage antics reminiscent of Zappa's Garrick theatre days.
As for the previous Zappateer Festivals, a small scale intimate weekend is the aim, meaning tickets will be limited to a maximum of 150, which if the success of the Bradford on Avon weekend is repeated are expected to sell quickly.
The tickets are priced at 80 EUR which includes indoor festival accommodation meaning you can leave your tents at home, just bring a sleeping bag, pillow case, sheet and dancing shoes.



  • the residents: the voice of midnight
        (2007, cd, uk, mute)
    • SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE November 6, 2007
    • The Residents have a long history of story-based music projects, starting with 1974's Not Available, continuing with God in 3 Persons in 1988, and more recently The River of Crime in 2006. With The Voice of Midnight, The Residents have now taken a bold step, crossing a line into the world of music theater. They have adapted a short story, Der Sandmann, by Prussian writer E.T.A. Hoffman, first published 190 years ago.

  • On the surface, Der Sandmann is a simple story of madness. However, it has been recognized as addressing the conflict between the age of reason and the romantic era by scholars who have studied the tale.

    The protagonist of the story, Nathaniel, carries a deeply-seated fear that the childhood fable character, the sandman, is stalking him. The character of Nate is superbly performed by Corey Rosen who first worked with The Residents on River of Crime in 2006. Nate's fiance, Clair, a steadfast realist, is performed by Gerri Lawler who also worked on River of Crime as well as Tweedles. Long time Residents collaborator Carla Fabrizio performs the role of the other "woman," Olympia. The Residents embody the other characters, and perform the music, assisted by soloist Nolan Cook, whose guitar work for the band over the last eight years is legendary.
2007 10 13


  • qui: love's miracle
        (2007, cd, usa, ipecac ipc 93)
    • Qui (pronounced Qwee) was founded in 2000 by drummer/vocalist Paul Christensen and guitarist/vocalist Matt Cronk in Los Angeles, CA.
      They debuted in LA in early 2001 and released their first full-length CD, “Baby Kisses,” (Heart of a Champion) in 2003. The band's music is described as "an idiosyncratic blend of punk, noise, metal and experimental genres, coupled with advanced musical prowess".

      In late 2006, Qui was joined by vocalist David Yow of The Jesus Lizard / Scratch Acid fame. The band released an album called "Love's Miracle" in 2007, that included their version of Frank Zappa's 'Willie The Pimp'.

Qui on tour in France

    Dec 7 | Lyon | Grrnd Zero | with Get The People
    Dec 8 | Rennes | Mondo Bizarro | bars en trans - Transmusicales
    Dec 9 | Paris | La Maroquinerie
    Dec 10 | Nantes | L'Olympic
2007 10 08


Word just reached us that the Lol Coxhill / Alex Maguire / The Wrong Object project that was scheduled to take place later this month at the Singer Jazzclub in Rijkevorsel (Belgium), won't be happening. 

Lol is too ill to participate.

The good news is that the concert will go through, and that Robin Verheyen will be teaming up with The Wrong Object.

  • 2007/10/27  - concert 'De Singer', Rijkevorsel, Belgium


  • steve vai: visual sound theories: live with the holland metropole orkest
        (2007, dvd, usa, epic / red ink 88697 06155 9)
    • Steve Vai performed his pieces with the dutch Metropole Orkest in 2005. It was a fabulous performance: beautiful arrangements, a top band, and Steve Vai in great shape.

      If I'm not mistaken, this recording got broadcast on dutch TV on 2005. Anyway, now it's available on DVD in all its splendor.

      A must-have for any guitar freak.


  • chris spedding: click clack
        (2005, cd, ger, spv recordings spv 78052 cd)
    • English guitarist Chris Spedding has worked with a lot of great names in rock history. In 2005, he not only recorded Captain Beefheart's 'Click Clack', he also used it for the album's title.
      It's a very clean version, and he does a great job on one of my favourite Van Vliet compositions.

2007 10 07


  • zappa plays zappa: zappa plays zappa
        (2007, 2dvd, eu, strobosonic strobo-d-100)
    • Yes, it's finally out !!!

      The Zappa plays Zappa DVD.

      Dweezil Zappa, Joe Travers, Pete Griffin, Jamie W.Kime, Aaron Arntz, Scheila Gonzales and Billy Hulting, plus Steve Vai, Terry Bozzio and the incredible Napoleon Murphy Brock.

      If you saw the band last year, you'll probably buy this, as you know that it's good. If you weren't able to catch the band in 2006, here's the opportunity to find out what Zappa plays Zappa sounded like with Napoleon, Steve and Terry in their ranks.

      Love it.

2007 10 04


I added info for two essential albums in the Bunk Gardner discography. Both are from 1972. Number one is the famous Domenic Troiano album. This LP also features Buzz Gardner and Tjay Contrelli. The second one is the very rare "Cold Cuts" album by Nicholas Greenwood (of Crazy World of Arthur Brown fame). Fortunately, the Greenwood album got reissued a couple of years ago, both on vinyl and on CD.

2007 10 03


"Just mention the word Amougies, and fans of Pink Floyd and Frank Zappa will immediately know what you are talking about. This was going to be the first ever rock festival in France. Europe's answer to Woodstock. It was originally going to take place in or near Paris, but French authorities forbid it and the marquee was eventually set up a few miles outside the French border, on Belgian soil and held at Mont de I'Enclus in Amougies in the Tournai municipality. The Actuel festival was organized by the publication of the same name in collaboration with the BYG record label. It took place over 5 nights, entertaining an audience of 15-20,000 to a unique mixture of progressive pop, free jazz and contemporary music including Pink Floyd, Ten Years After, Colosseum, Aynsley Dunbar, Freedom, Keith Relf's Renaissance, Alexis Korner, Don Cherry, Nice, Caravan, Blossom Toes, Archie Shepp, Yes, Pretty Things, Chicken Shack, Sam Apple Pie, Pharoah Sanders, Soft Machine, Captain Beefheart, East Of Eden, Fat Mattress, and many more. Frank Zappa was present at the festival in a twofold capacity. First, as Captain Beefheart's road manager; secondly, as M.C., assisting Pierre Lattes, a famous radio/TV presenter at the time (and the pop music editor for Actuel magazine). The latter task proved problematic given Zappa's limited French, the prevailing language among the audience, who themselves didn't seem to understand much English. Instead, Zappa relinquished his M.C. job for one of occasional guest guitarist. He plays with almost everybody, especially with Pink Floyd, Blossom Toes, Archie Shepp and Aynsley Dunbar, a fabulous drummer he will hire shortly thereafter. He introduces his friend Captain Beefheart and provides a powerful stimulant to all the other musicians. Most legendary, of course, is Frank Zappa's jam with Pink Floyd on a very extended "Interstellar Overdrive". The festival was filmed by Jerome Laperrousaz, and the film was to be called MUSIC POWER. Due to objections from various bands (most notably Pink Floyd) whose permission hadn't been properly secured, the film was never officially released."
2007 09 30


  • jos steen: the china pig blues band
        (????, cdr, belgium, private release - sojneets 1
    • Jos Steen's China Pig Blues Band is a combination of guitar, tuba, piano, drums and trumpet.
      They sure get the train rolling.

      The album includes Beefheart's 'China Pig' as well as a Steen original called 'The Beefheart Shuffle'.

  • jos steen: brown stone: live klarafestival
        (????, cdr, belgium, private release - sojneets 28)
    • Here's another CDR release on Jos Steen's label. Brown Stone is a recording of Jos Steen (guitar and vocals) and Steven De Bruyn (harmonica), performing at the Klara Festival in 2006.

      The album includes Zappa's 'Willie The Pimp'.

ZpZ in Tilburg


Don't read any further if you still have to see the show. I don't want to spoil it.

But if you get the opportunity, go and see them. They rock.


2007/09/26 concert '013', Tilburg, Netherlands  

  • Spontaneous Classical Composition, Dumb All Over, What's New In Baltimore, Carolina Hardcore Ecstacy, City Of Tiny Lites, Advance Romance, Son Of Suzy Creamcheese, Brown Shoes Don't Make It, America Drinks & Goes Home, Dog Meat, Stinkfoot, Pygmy Twylyte, Dupree's Paradise, Uncle Remus, Willie The Pimp, Joe's Garage, Wind Up Workin' In A Gas Station, San Ber'dino, Zoot Allures, Ship Ahoy, The Illinois Enema Bandit, Cosmik Debris, G-Spot Tornado, Muffin Man



Upcoming Keneally appearances:

Mike Keneally Band (Mike Keneally, Rick Musallam, Doug Lunn & Marco Minnemann)
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Rosalie and Alva Performance Gallery
1417 West 8th Street
San Pedro, CA 90732
Showtime: 8:00 p.m.
Tickets $20
Info: 310-519-1314

2007/09/22 Mike Keneally Band - concert 'Rosalie and Alva Performance Gallery', San Pedro, CA, usa

Mike Keneally Band (Mike Keneally, Rick Musallam, Doug Lunn & Marco Minnemann)
Friday, September 28, 2007
The Baked Potato
3787 Cahuenga Blvd. West
Studio City, CA 91604
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Shows: 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
Tickets $20
Info: 818-980-1615

2007/09/28 Mike Keneally Band - concert 'The Baked Potato', Studio City, CA, usa

Mike Keneally
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Budapest Autumn Festival
Millenáris Teátrum
1024 Fény u. 20-24.
Budapest, Hungary
Festival starts at 2:00 p.m., Mike plays at 11:00 p.m.
Tickets: 4000 HUF
Info: +361 486 3311

2007/10/13 Mike Keneally - concert "Budapest Autumn Festival", Budapest, Hungary

Mike Keneally
Saturday, October 20, 2007
IB Expo '07
Featuring Mike Keneally, Isildurs Bane, Pamelia Kurstin (theremin), Björn J:son Lindh (flute, keyboards), Luca Calabrese (trumpet) and Christian Saggese (guitar)
Furuvägen 41
Halmstad, Sweden
Doors open: 6:30 p.m., Showtime 7:00 p.m.
Ticket price: 175 Swedish kronor (about 25 USD)
Tickets: +46 35 12 02 00

2007/10/20 Mike Keneally- concert "IB Expo '07", Halmstad, Sweden




  • October 2 - TBA - Wels, Austria

  • October 3 - Treibhaus - Innsbruck, Austria

  • October 5 - Akropolis, Prague, Czech Republic

  • October 6 - Tolhaus - Karlsruhe, Germany

  • October 7 - Spirit of 66 - Verviers, Belgium

  • October 8 - Grand Theatre - Groningen - The Netherlands

  • October 9 - Atak - Enschede - The Netherlands

  • October 10 - LCB - Wuppertal, Germany

  • October 11 - Fabrik - Hamburg - Germany

  • October 12 - Vier Linden - Hildesheim, Germany

  • October 13 - Music Hall - Worpswede, Germany

  • November 9 - Small Music Theatre - Athens, Greece

  • November 10 - Small Music Theatre - Athens, Greece

  • January 31 - Festival Jazz en Nord - Lille, France=


  • October 15 - Toulouse Festival, France


  • November 18 - Milano, Italy

  • December 13 - Bristol, UK



Pulp To Pulp

by Slev Uunofski




I'm glad to tell you that, August 31, I started my weekly Zappa program in classical channel of Estonian Radio - Klassikaraadio.

This half-hour program is called Apostroof (Apostrophe) and is aired every Friday at 19:30 GMT, re-aired on Saturday at 9:05 GMT.

The program is in Estonian and you can listen it live via internet

Every week I'm playing songs from one album. Current plan is:

  • 31.08. Apostrophe

  • 7.09. Broadway The Hard Way

  • 14.09. Civilization Phase III

  • 21.09. Does Humor Belong In Music

  • 28.09. Everything Is Healing Nicely

  • etc.

-- Avo Raup



2007 09 09

upcoming shows

John Garland  2 yrs with URR - 8/7/07
Layla Hall 2 yrs with URR - 11/24/07

Welcome our new 'southern' team-mates (The Dans)

Danny 'Bam' Halperin
Los Angeles, CA transplant to Jonesboro, GA

Dan 'Omite' Cowlin
Ypsilanti, MI transplant to Ashville, NC

and finally, the long awaited return...
Andy Turpen
Lake Orion, MI transplant to Atlanta, GA
'stunt' vocalist and original member of Uncle Meat

New T-shirts are available!!! Thanks Greg!!!






2007 08 06, Fred wrote:

We can finally confirm Napoleon will perform with Bogus Pomp on October 27 at Zappaween. As those of you who have seen Napi with BP in the past will agree, he is an outstanding performer and is perfect for the Zappaween style show. The show will be at The State Theater and I will do my best to try to secure priority seating for those who sign up for the sponsorship offer in connection with the Gulfport show.

I saw the Zappa Plays Zappa show 4 times last year and Napoleon was the clear star of that tour. We are lucky to have him back with Bogus Pomp again.

More details to come.




Jack and Jim (Jimmy Carl Black and Eugene Chadbourne) are touring:

from Eugene Chadbourne's website -


  • 2007/10/13 Jack and Jim - concert 'Outpost', Albuquerque, New Mexico, usa

  • 2007/10/14 Jack and Jim - concert 'Cedar Cultural Center', Minneapolis, usa

  • 2007/10/17 Jack and Jim - concert 'Davey's Uptown', Kansas City, usa

  • 2007/10/18 Jack and Jim - concert 'The Picador', Iowa City, usa

  • 2007/10/19 Jack and Jim - concert 'Oleavers', Omaha, usa



Steve Vai USA & South America Tour Dates 2007

We are excited to announce new dates in South America. The dates confirmed so far can be found at the bottom of the tour schedule.
  • 2007/11/06 Steve Vai - concert ‘Bourbon Street’, Sao Paulo, Brazil

  • 2007/11/07 Steve Vai - concert ‘Bourbon Street’, Sao Paulo, Brazil

  • 2007/11/09 Steve Vai - concert ‘Polideportivo Sausalito’, Viña del Mar, Chile

  • 2007/11/10 Steve Vai - concert ‘Court Central (outdoor)’, Santiago, Chile

  • 2007/11/12 Steve Vai - concert ‘Gran Rex Theatre’, Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • 2007/11/13 Steve Vai - ‘Gran Rex Theatre’, Buenos Aires, Argentina



2007 09 08
Glass Onyon PR

Project/Object With Napoleon Murphy Brock Performing
The Music of Frank Zappa Announces Fall Tour 2007

Hot Off 2006 ZPZ Tour Legendary Zappa Frontman Napoleon Murphy Brock Prepares to Amaze Audiences Once Again

2007/09/08 (New York, NY) Project/Object, the acclaimed and internationally known Frank Zappa repertoire band, is back with its "Fall Surge for Zappa Music" tour, October 10 thru 24, 2007. With former Zappa vocalist/saxophonist Napoleon Murphy Brock as the focal point of this particular installment of Project/Object, longtime fans can expect a unique and fresh lineup from the seasoned touring band - highlighting not only material from Brock's albums and tours with Zappa that started in 1974 - but also many tracks people have not heard him sing before. Napoleon's soulful vocals, and "exotic dancing" as Frank used to call it -- will help make Project/Object's fall tour a phenomenon. Brock is fresh off his lengthy stint as lead vocalist for Dweezil Zappa's ZPZ tour, and with Project/Object he just played the highlight set to record attendance at the annual Zappanale festival in Germany in August 2007.

Project/Object has reached a whole new generation of critical music fans, helping to promote, publicize and keep the spirit of Frank Zappa's music alive through their concerts. Best of all, the band has played with well over a dozen of Zappa's most important alumni in at least 28 states, as well as Canada and Germany. Project/Object continually seeks to celebrate this successful insurgency into the minds of so many brand new young fans, as well as seasoned Zappa listeners.


  • Napoleon Murphy Brock - sax, vocals

  • Andre' Cholmondeley - guitar, vocals

  • Dave Johnsen - bass, vocals

  • Eric Slick - drums, vocals, electronics

  • Eric Svalgard - keys, vocals

  • and special guests!

Project/Object formed in the early '90s in New Jersey. After building a fan base in the tri-state area, Project/Object decided to take their show on the road, performing Zappa's music in more cities and larger venues, with a growing set list from every era of Zappa's 30-year recording career. The band strives to stay true to Frank's vision of constantly challenging the musicians and the audiences.

Since 1998, when the band first took their act on the road, the following Zappa/Mothers alumni have performed with the band: Napoleon Murphy Brock, Ike Willis, Jimmy Carl Black, Ray White, Don Preston, Bunk Gardner, Denny Walley, Mike Keneally, Arthur Barrow, Ed Mann, Roy Estrada, Billy Mundi and even Al Malkin. Other notable artists they've collaborated with include Phish's Jon Fishman, Capt. Beefheart/Jeff Buckley guitarist Gary Lucas, Chuck Garvey, Al Schnier and Jim Loughlin of moe, New York City big band leader and "Zappologist" Ed Palermo, and Dweezil Zappa drummer Jerry Cucurullo.

Frank Zappa was extremely influential to many musicians and bands, from The Beatles, Todd Rundgren, Alice Cooper and Yes to many 'jam bands', including Phish, moe and Umphrey's McGee. While many jam band fans are aware that Frank Zappa was influential, they are largely unfamiliar with his music. Of those who are familiar, many were too young to have seen him in concert. Project/Object, with the inclusion of former Zappa frontman Napoleon Murphy Brock, is the closest they will get to the live Zappa experience, and the band has been enjoying increasing support from this growing scene.

For more information, please visit (the music of Frank Zappa live!)

Confirmed Tour Dates:

Project/Object With Napoleon Murphy Brock 
Performing The Music of Frank Zappa

October 2007

  • 2007/10/10 Project/Object - concert 'Webster Theatre ', Hartford, CT, usa

  • 2007/10/11 Project/Object - concert 'Revolution Hall ', Albany, NY, usa

  • 2007/10/12 Project/Object - concert 'Lion's Den ', NYC, NY, usa

  • 2007/10/13 Project/Object - concert 'Stone Pony ', Asbury PK, NJ, usa

  • 2007/10/14 Project/Object - concert 'World Café Live ', Phila, PA, usa

  • 2007/10/15 - TBA

  • 2007/10/16 - TBA

  • 2007/10/17 Project/Object - concert 'Beachland Ballroom ', Cleveland, OH, usa

  • 2007/10/18 Project/Object - concert 'Magic Bag ', Detroit, MI, usa

  • 2007/10/19 Project/Object - concert 'Martyr's ', Chicago, IL, usa

  • 2007/10/20 Project/Object - concert 'Martyr's ', Chicago, IL, usa

  • 2007/10/21 - TBA

  • 2007/10/22 Project/Object - concert 'Shank Hall ', Milwaukee, WI, usa

  • 2007/10/23 Project/Object - concert 'Majestic Theatre ', Madison, WI, usa

  • 2007/10/24 Project/Object - concert 'Poison Room ', Cincinnati, OH, usa


"100% Zappa" at the Budapest Autumn Festival

2007.10.13 14:00 h at the 'Millenáris Teátrum'

  • 16:00 Ed Mann [USA] concert > improvisation on percussion instruments

  • 19:30 Symphony concert with > MR Symphony, conductor: Ádám Fischer

  • 23:00 "100% Zappa" with Mike Keneally [USA] [gitár], Ed Mann [ütohangszerek], Cosmic Debris and the Modern Art Orchestra



Zappa Plays Zappa - Australia Nov/Dec 2007

Steve Vai will be coming to Australia as a special guest on the Zappa Plays Zappa tour in late November/early December.

Zappa plays Zappa features Dweezil Zappa on lead guitar, and a phenomenal backing band including Joe Travers (drums), Billy Hulting (percussion), Scheila Gonzalez (keyboards, saxophone, vocals), Aaron Arntz (keyboards/trumpet), Pete Griffin (bass) and Jamie Kime (rythm guitar). Special guests on this tour of Australia include original Zappa band members: guitar virtuoso Steve Vai and vocalist Ray White who performed on countless Zappa albums and tours.

The dates are:

  • November 27: Brisbane, QLD - Lyric Theatre

  • November 29: Melbourne, VIC - Hamer Hall

  • December 02: Adelaide, SA - Thebarton Theatre

  • December 03: Sydney, NSW - Enmore Theatre

Tickets go on sale through on September 6. Check the Tour Dates page for updated info and ticketing links.

Please note that Steve Vai is a guest performer on this tour and does not appear on stage for the entire show. This is not a solo Vai show and will not include EVO tickets. Sound Theories aftershow passes are NOT valid on this tour.


leftovers from the last couple of months



  • 2007/10/26. ??

  • 2007/10/27 The Muffin Men - concert 'franzis', wetzlar, germany

  • 2007/10/28 The Muffin Men - concert 'kantine', köln, germany

  • 2007/10/30 The Muffin Men - concert 'objekt5', halle, germany

  • 2007/10/31 The Muffin Men - concert 'quasimodo', berlin, germany

  • 2007/11/01 The Muffin Men - concert 'gewerkschaftshaus', erfurt, germany

  • 2007/11/02 The Muffin Men - concert 'colos-saal', aschaffenburg, germany

  • 2007/11/03 The Muffin Men - concert 'stairway ', wallmenroth, germany (special double concert with sheik yerbouti)

more details later...

The Muffin Men homepage, also has three mp3 radio shows for your enjoyment:

Check out

  • 2007/07/31 radio show no.1 : "The Singles Era", 28 minutes
  • 2007/07/31 radio show no.2 : "Say Cheese...", 22 minutes
  • 2007/08/13 radio show no.3 : "The Stuff at the bottom of the tank...", 31 minutes


2007/10/20 "Frank Zappa Kongres 2007"

organised by the czech frank zappa fanclub



Here's the complete list of dates for the Yuripean ZpZ tour, including the Düsseldorf gig on October 2 !
  • 2007/09/25 concert 'Shepherds Bush Empire', London, UK

  • 2007/09/26 concert '013', Tilburg, Netherlands

  • 2007/09/27 concert 'Melkweg', Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • 2007/09/29 concert 'Le Fri-Son', Fribourg, Germany

  • 2007/09/30 concert 'Circus Krone', Munich, Germany

  • 2007/10/01 concert 'Jahrhunderthalle', Frankfurt, Germany  

  • 2007/10/02 concert 'Philipshalle', Düsseldorf, Germany

  • 2007/10/03 concert 'KKL Beethovensaal', Stuttgart, Germany

  • 2007/10/04 concert 'Messehalle', Erfurt, Germany

  • 2007/10/05 concert 'Grand Rex', Paris, France

  • 2007/10/06 concert 'Elisabeth Hall', Antwerp, Belgium

  • 2007/10/08 concert 'The Music House', Arhus, Denmark

  • 2007/10/09 concert -Venue To Be Announced-, Stavanger, Norway

  • 2007/10/10 concert 'Peer Gynt', Bergen, Norway

  • 2007/10/12 concert 'Sentrum Scene', Oslo, Norway

  • 2007/10/13 concert 'Olympen', Lund, Sweden

  • 2007/10/14 concert 'Cirkus', Stockholm, Sweden

And here are the new dates:
  • 2007/10/31 - concert ‘Beacon Theatre’,New York, NY, usa

  • 2007/11/01 - concert ‘Chevy Theatre’,Wallingford, CT, usa

  • 2007/11/02 - concert ‘Broadway Theatre @ UPAC’,Kingston, NY, usa

  • 2007/11/03 - concert ‘House of Blues’,Atlantic City, NJ, usa

  • 2007/11/04 - concert ‘Providence Performing Arts Center’,Providence, RI, usa

  • 2007/11/06 - concert ‘Town Ballroom’,Buffalo, NY, usa

  • 2007/11/07 - concert ‘Warner Theatre’,Washington, DC, usa

  • 2007/11/08 - concert ‘Toads Place’,Richmond, VA, usa

  • 2007/11/10 - concert ‘Ameristar Casino’,Kansas City, MO, usa

  • 2007/11/12 - concert ‘Verizon Wireless Theatre’,Houston, TX, usa

  • 2007/11/13 - concert ‘Hogg Auditorium’,Austin, TX, usa

  • 2007/11/14 - concert ‘Palladium’,Dallas, TX, usa

  • 2007/11/16 - concert ‘Fillmore’,Denver, CO, usa

  • 2007/11/18 - concert ‘Roseland’,Portland, OR, usa

  • 2007/11/19 - concert ‘Paramount’,Seattle, WA, usa

  • 2007/11/20 - concert ‘Orpheum’,Vancouver, BC, usa

  • 2007/11/22 - concert ‘Southern Jubilee Auditorium’,Calgary, AB, usa

  • 2007/11/23 - concert ‘Northern Jubilee Auditorium’,Edmonton, AB, usa



  • 2007/11/27 - concert ‘Lyric Theatre’,Brisbane, Australia

  • 2007/11/29 - concert ‘Hamer Hall’,Melbourne, Australia

  • 2007/12/02 - concert ‘Thebarton Theatre’,Adelaide, Australia

  • 2007/12/03 - concert ‘Enmore Theatre’,Sydney, Australia



L'Ensemble de Basse-Normandie is an 18-piece, professional orchestra: 12 string instruments, 5 wind instruments and 1 piano. The orchestra is conducted by Jean Luc Rimey-Meille.

January 2008, the ensemble will do a tour entitled "The Big Note - Frank Zappa Alchimiste". For these concerts, a number of extra instruments will be added: guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, percussion, trumpet and a trombone.

The pieces to be performed include:

  • Watermelon In Easter Hay

  • Regyptian Strut

  • Little Umbrellas

  • Project X

  • Inca Roads

  • Duke Of Prunes


  • Echidna's Arf (off You)

  • Don't You Ever Wash That Thing

  • Peaches En Regalia

  • Sinister Footwear

  • Opus 1 N°4, premier mouvement (minuetto) de Francesco Zappa


  • Music:  Frank Zappa / arr. Jean Luc Rimey-Meille

  • Libretto: Pacôme Thiellement 

  • Actors: Marco Bataille-Testu, Marie Lemoine

  • Costumes: Fanny Mandonnet

the orchestra:

  • ....

the added musicians:

  • Jean Marc Simon: guitar

  • Pascal Berne: bass

  • Attilio Terlizzi: drums

  • Fred Escoffier: keyboards

  • Sébastien Bonniau: percussion

  • ??: trumpet
    ??: trombone



-- info: cosmikd / zappateers


I have to keep repeating it. This is one hell of a project:

Check it out.

1979 02 21 Brussels, Belgium 1984 09 07 Brussels, Belgium



The Budapest Autumn Festival has been the major contemporary arts festival in Hungary for over 16 years. The next edition will take place between October 12 and 21, 2007.

The organisation is planning a Frank Zappa Tribute Day. There is talk about concerts with Ed Mann, Mike Keneally and the Symphony Orchestra of the Hungarian Radio (conducted by Adam Fischer).

-- info: Bohouš




  • 2007/11/17 Ensemble Modern - concert "Nuit Contemporaine", 'l'Arsenal', Metz, France
    • ensemble modern, dir. franck ollu
    • the program
      • john adams: shaker loop (pour 7 cordes)
      • frank zappa: ruth is sleeping (pour 2 pianos)
      • steve reich: triple quartet
      • françois sarhan: testimony




Now here's what I call an impressive project:

Andrew Greenaway, aka The Idiot Bastard, has teamed up with Cordelia Records to bring you what might become a very fine selection of songs.

Read all about it on Andrew's essential site:

Contributing artists include

  • Andre Cholmondeley

  • Die Beistelltische

  • Doot!

  • Ensemble Ambrosius

  • Evil Dick & The Banned Members

  • Frazknapp

  • Freedom In Hats

  • John Tabacco

  • Lex Kemper

  • Monty & The Butchers

  • Nigey Lennon

  • Pojama People

  • Project/Object

  • Roddie Gilliard

  • The Thurston Lava Tube

  • The Vegetarians

  • Todd Grubbs

  • The Whip It Out Ensemble

  • The Wrong Object




Dweezil Zappa says:

Hello Everyone,

I've noticed that there seems to be a bit of confusion surrounding the lineup of this year's tour. I would love to clarify things for all of you.

First of all it is important to keep in mind that Frank's music is the only reason this tour exists. We all love it and want to see and hear more of it. It is the true focus and Star of the Show. It's a nice bonus for the fans to have the chance to see musicians who've had previous experience in Frank's band playing his music once again. By no means should their presence on stage be over-emphasized. The mission of everyone on the stage is to present the Music!

As you all know Frank has a vast catalog of multifarious compositions. Over the years he led numerous incarnations of band lineups. Some people stayed for a while, some people left and came back etc. This is not a new concept when it comes to executing Frank's music. In our continuing efforts to provide you with a thrilling concert experience we have embraced some changes in material and in personnel. The ZPZ core band has not changed but we do have a new addition as well as a few probable surprises.

I am extremely excited to be able to present some new songs to you in our setlist this year, aided by the talents of our special guest vocalist, Ray White. I have personally always been a huge fan of the sound of his voice. Hearing him sing "Illinois Enema Bandit" and "Doreen" at rehearsals has been a lot of fun. But hearing him on other songs I've never heard him sing has been even more fun. I'm sure you all will agree when you get your chance to hear him for yourself.

Our special video footage with performances from Frank is also going to be quite provocative.

Later in the year we may even have an international reunion with Steve Vai and Terry Bozzio but that has yet to be confirmed. I'll keep you posted on the status of that as well as any other additions to our lineup.

I have also noticed a few of our European friends requesting ZPZ to come to your hometowns. I would personally love to do more of an extended European tour and visit places like Finland and return to places like Manchester. I have already made my own inquiries into the possibilities of increasing the number of European dates. If it can be done it will done.

I would also like to remind those of you who might be feeling left out for missing last year's tour that the DVD of that tour will be available at the upcoming shows. You can see all 3 + hours of your favorite songs with last years special guests right in your own living room. take a look at the DVD trailer link below. I'm very happy that we were able to capture some of those performances in such fine style for all of you.

Thank you for your continued support. I look forward to seeing all of you out there this year.







Ray White

Guitar and Vocals

Ray White is a rock and blues guitarist most well-known as a member of Frank Zappa's touring ensembles. He was drafted into Zappa's band in the fall of 1976, being featured on rhythm guitar and vocals. He participated on such albums as Zappa in New York (featuring a powerful lead vocal on "The Illinois Enema Bandit"), Tinsel Town Rebellion, and You Are What You Is amongst others in Zappa's voluminous catalogue.

Ray has also worked with jam-oriented groups like KVHW, Don't Push the Clown and Umphrey's McGee since his contributions to the Zappa band, and has more recently worked with a variety of Michigan artists, including former Rare Earth Drummer Bob Weaver, as well as members of the funk/fusion combo Generic Produce.




A couple of months ago, I mentioned a new album by Markus Stauss:

The "Trank Zappa Grappa in Varese?" will be performed live again.

  • 2007/11/17 Markus Stauss - concert 'De Plusetage', Baarle Nassau, NL


-- info: tom baeten


the concert calendar * the concert calendar


  • 2007/10/04 Zappa plays Zappa - concert 'Messehalle', Erfurt, Germany

  • 2007/10/04 Steve Vai - concert 'Berklee Performance Center ',Boston, MA, usa  

  • 2007/10/04 Struber Jazztett - concert ‘Babylon’, Berlin, Germany

  • 2007/10/05 Zappa plays Zappa - concert 'Grand Rex', Paris, France

  • 2007/10/05 Steve Vai - concert 'Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel ',Providence, RI, usa

  • 2007/10/06 Zappa plays Zappa - concert 'Elisabeth Hall', Antwerp, Belgium

  • 2007/10/06 Steve Vai - concert 'North Fork Theatre at Westbury ',Westbury, NY, usa

  • 2007/10/08 Zappa plays Zappa - concert 'The Music House', Arhus, Denmark

  • 2007/10/09 Zappa plays Zappa - concert -Venue To Be Announced-, Stavanger, Norway  

  • 2007/10/09 Struber Jazztett - concert ‘Nancy Jazz Pulsations’, Nancy, Lorraine, France

  • 2007/10/10 Zappa plays Zappa - concert 'Peer Gynt', Bergen, Norway  

  • 2007/10/10 Project/Object - concert 'Webster Theatre ', Hartford, CT, usa

  • 2007/10/11 Project/Object - concert 'Revolution Hall ', Albany, NY, usa

  • 2007/10/12 Project/Object - concert 'Lion's Den ', NYC, NY, usa

  • 2007/10/12 Zappa plays Zappa - concert 'Sentrum Scene', Oslo, Norway  

  • 2007/10/13 Project/Object - concert ‘Asbury Lanes’,Asbury Pk NJ, usa

  • 2007/10/13 Zappa plays Zappa - concert 'Olympen', Lund, Sweden  

  • 2007/10/13 Mike Keneally - concert "Budapest Autumn Festival", Budapest, Hungary

  • 2007/10/13 Jack and Jim - concert 'Outpost', Albuquerque, New Mexico, usa

  • 2007/10/14 Project/Object - concert 'World Café Live ', Phila, PA, usa

  • 2007/10/14 Zappa plays Zappa - concert 'Cirkus', Stockholm, Sweden

  • 2007/10/14 Jack and Jim - concert 'Cedar Cultural Center', Minneapolis, usa

  • 2007/10/15 Project/Object - concert ‘Chameleon Club’,Lancaster PA, usa
  • 2007/10/16 Project/Object - concert ‘Jazz Cafe’,Wilkes Barre PA, usa
  • 2007/10/17 Project/Object - concert 'Beachland Ballroom ', Cleveland, OH, usa

  • 2007/10/17 Jack and Jim - concert 'Davey's Uptown', Kansas City, usa

  • 2007/10/18 Project/Object - concert 'Magic Bag ', Detroit, MI, usa

  • 2007/10/18 Jack and Jim - concert 'The Picador', Iowa City, usa

  • 2007/10/19 Project/Object - concert 'Martyr's ', Chicago, IL, usa

  • 2007/10/19 Jack and Jim - concert 'Oleavers', Omaha, usa

  • 2007/10/20 Project/Object - concert 'Martyr's ', Chicago, IL, usa

  • 2007/10/20 Mike Keneally- concert "IB Expo '07", Halmstad, Sweden

  • 2007/10/22 Project/Object - concert 'Shank Hall ', Milwaukee, WI, usa

  • 2007/10/23 Project/Object - concert 'Majestic Theatre ', Madison, WI, usa

  • 2007/10/24 Project/Object - concert 'Poison Room ', Cincinnati, OH, usa

  • 2007/10/25 Robin Verheyen, Alex Maguire & The Wrong Object - concert 'l'An Vert', Liège, Belgium - 20.00 h

  • 2007/10/26 The Wrong Object - concert '??', Mechelen, Belgium (private afternoon gig)

  • 2007/10/27 Bogus Pomp - concert "Zappaween 12", Janus Landing

  • 2007/10/27 The Muffin Men - concert ' franzis', wetzlar, germany

  • 2007/10/27 Robin Verheyen, Alex Maguire & The Wrong Object - concert 'De Singer', Rijkevorsel, Belgium

  • 2007/10/27 Corrie van Binsbergen - concert 'Zaal 100", Amsterdam, NL

  • 2007/10/28 The Muffin Men - concert ' kantine', köln, germany

  • 2007/10/30 The Muffin Men - concert ' objekt5', halle, germany

  • 2007/10/31 The Muffin Men - concert ' quasimodo', berlin, germany

  • 2007/10/31 Sheik Yerbouti – concert ‘Café Hahn', Koblenz, Germany -  “Halloweenparty” with a lot of special guests and a special program !!!

  • 2007/10/31 Zappa plays Zappa - concert ‘Beacon Theatre’,New York, NY, usa


  • 2007/11/01 Zappa plays Zappa - concert ‘Chevy Theatre’,Wallingford, CT, usa

  • 2007/11/01 Ugly Radio Rebellion - concert 'Dark Horse Tavern', Atlanta, GA, usa

  • 2007/11/01 The Muffin Men - concert 'gewerkschaftshaus', erfurt, germany

  • 2007/11/02 Zappa plays Zappa - concert ‘Broadway Theatre @ UPAC’,Kingston, NY, usa

  • 2007/11/02 The Muffin Men - concert ' colos-saal', aschaffenburg, germany

  • 2007/11/03 Zappa plays Zappa - concert ‘House of Blues’,Atlantic City, NJ, usa

  • 2007/11/03 The Muffin Men - concert ' stairway ', wallmenroth, germany (special double concert with sheik yerbouti)

  • 2007/11/03 Ugly Radio Rebellion - concert 'Jackie O's', Athens, OH, usa

  • 2007/11/04 Aigui / Bonnen - concert "Leverkusener Jazztage", Leverkusen, Germany
  • 2007/11/04 Zappa plays Zappa - concert ‘Providence Performing Arts Center’,Providence, RI, usa  

  • 2007/11/05 Steve Vai - concert ‘Freegellsmusic', Belo Horizonte, Brazil  

  • 2007/11/06 Zappa plays Zappa - concert ‘Town Ballroom’,Buffalo, NY, usa  

  • 2007/11/06 Steve Vai - concert ‘Bourbon Street’, Sao Paulo, Brazil  

  • 2007/11/06 Aigui / Bonnen - concert 'Objekt 5', Halle/Saale, Germany

  • 2007/11/07 Zappa plays Zappa - concert ‘Warner Theatre’,Washington, DC, usa  

  • 2007/11/07 Steve Vai - concert ‘Hellooch’, Curitiba, Brazil

  • 2007/11/07 Aigui / Bonnen - concert 'Scala Lichtspieltheater', Leverkusen, Germany

  • 2007/11/08 Zappa plays Zappa - concert ‘Toads Place’,Richmond, VA, usa  

  • 2007/11/09 Steve Vai - concert ‘Polideportivo Sausalito’, Viña del Mar, Chile

  • 2007/11/09 Pojama People - concert 'Sahalie Wine Bar', corvallis, OR, usa

  • 2007/11/10 Zappa plays Zappa - concert ‘Ameristar Casino’,Kansas City, MO, usa  

  • 2007/11/10 Steve Vai - concert ‘Court Central (outdoor)’, Santiago, Chile

  • 2007/11/12 Zappa plays Zappa - concert ‘Verizon Wireless Theatre’,Houston, TX, usa  

  • 2007/11/12 Steve Vai - concert ‘Gran Rex Theatre’, Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • 2007/11/13 Zappa plays Zappa - concert ‘Hogg Auditorium’,Austin, TX, usa  

  • 2007/11/13 Steve Vai - concert ‘Gran Rex Theatre’, Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • 2007/11/14 Zappa plays Zappa - concert ‘Palladium’,Dallas, TX, usa 

  • 2007/11/14 Struber Jazztett - concert ‘le Théâtre’, Auxerre, France  

  • 2007/11/16 Ugly Radio Rebellion – concert ‘The Last Great Watering Hole’, Tucker, GA, usa

  • 2007/11/16 Zappa plays Zappa - concert ‘Fillmore’,Denver, CO, usa

  • 2007/11/17 Markus Stauss - concert 'De Plusetage', Baarle Nassau, NL

  • 2007/11/17 Ensemble Modern - concert "Nuit Contemporaine", 'l'Arsenal', Metz, France
  • 2007/11/18 Zappa plays Zappa - concert ‘Roseland’,Portland, OR, usa

  • 2007/11/19 Zappa plays Zappa - concert ‘Paramount’,Seattle, WA, usa

  • 2007/11/20 Zappa plays Zappa - concert ‘Orpheum’,Vancouver, BC, usa 

  • 2007/11/20 Struber Jazztett - concert ‘Espace Athic’, Obernai, France  

  • 2007/11/22 Zappa plays Zappa - concert ‘Southern Jubilee Auditorium’,Calgary, AB, usa  

  • 2007/11/22 Alan Holdsworth - concert ‘Guitar Festival‘,Wirral,UK  /  feat. Chad Wackerman

  • 2007/11/23 Zappa plays Zappa - concert ‘Northern Jubilee Auditorium’,Edmonton, AB, usa  

  • 2007/11/24 Alan Holdsworth- concert ‘Brewery Arts Center‘,Kendall,UK  /  feat. Chad Wackerman

  • 2007/11/25 Alan Holdsworth- concert ‘Arts Centre‘,Swindon,UK  /  feat. Chad Wackerman

  • 2007/11/26 Alan Holdsworth- concert ‘Jazz Caffe‘,London,UK  /  feat. Chad Wackerman

  • 2007/11/27 Zappa plays Zappa - concert ‘Lyric Theatre’,Brisbane, Australia  

  • 2007/11/28 Alan Holdsworth- concert ‘The Stables‘,Milton Keynes,UK  /  feat. Chad Wackerman

  • 2007/11/29 Zappa plays Zappa - concert ‘Hamer Hall’,Melbourne, Australia

  • 2007/11/29 Alan Holdsworth- concert ‘Academy‘,Manchester,UK  /  feat. Chad Wackerman

  • 2007/11/30 Alan Holdsworth- concert ‘The Cluny‘,Newcastle,UK  /  feat. Chad Wackerman