In 1974, Frank Zappa transformed his Los Angeles rehearsal space into a sound stage and cranked out some unbelievable performances seen and heard only by the camera operators in the room. The audio from these performances — locked away in the Zappa vaults for 44 years — will serve as the basis for what will be the world’s most ambitious hologram tour to date. The “can’t miss” concert spectacle is being produced in close cooperation with the Zappa Family Trust.
“The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa” hologram tour band is comprised of former Zappa bandmates for this monumental series of shows. The touring unit boasts guitarists Ray White and Mike Keneally, bassist Scott Thunes, multi-instrumentalist Robert Martin, percussionist Ed Mann, and drummer and Zappa archivist Joe “Vaultmeister” Travers.
“As a futurist, and hologram enthusiast, Frank fearlessly broke through boundary after boundary as an artist and in honoring his indomitable spirit, we’re about to do it again, 25 years after his passing,” said Ahmet Zappa, EVP of business development for Eyellusion and co-trustee of the Zappa Family Trust.
“We’re excited to world premiere a handful of Frank Zappa compositions; these mind-melting concerts we’re putting together celebrate the music, often surreal imagery and humour synonymous with Frank. We will be pushing the limits of what anyone has seen holographically on stage before in a live venue. Circumstances, objects, places and subject matter from Frank‘s songs and imagination will be brought to life for the first time on stage. We are anthropomorphizing Frank‘s music utilizing various visual techniques, art styles, classic imagery from his album artwork and characters from his songs, culminating in one extremely bizarre, live music experience.
“My father and I actively discussed 3D and ‘holography’ and it was a concept he actively engaged in. He actually devoted half a chapter of his ‘The Real Frank Zappa Book’ to this subject. This is a love letter and a journey celebrating the genius artistry of Frank Zappa. On a personal note, I feel like I am finishing something my father started years ago. And let’s not forget, Frank himself will be rocking his fans, alongside his bandmates like nobody’s business.”
“The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa” tour dates:
Apr. 19 – Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theater
Apr. 20 – Rochester, NY, Kodak Center Theater
Apr. 22 – Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie
Apr. 24 – Long Island, NY, Paramount Theatre
Apr. 26 – Boston, MA, Shubert
Apr. 28 – Albany, NY, The Palace Theatre
May 01 – Wilkes Barre, PA, Kirby Center
May 02 – Collingswood, NJ, Scottish Rite Auditorium
May 03 – Baltimore, MD, Modell Lyric
May 09 – Edinburgh, UK. Playhouse
May 11 – Gateshead, UK, Sage
May 12 – Manchester, UK, Bridgewater Hall
May 13 – Birmingham, UK, Symphony Hall
May 14 – London, UK, The Palladium
May 16 – Ostend, BEL, Kurssal
May 17 – Amsterdam, NETH, Rai Theater