Frank Zappa Colleagues Named for Hologram Tour
Producers of the upcoming Frank Zappa-themed hologram tour have announced a list of musicians who will take part. Several artists, including Adrian Belew and Dweezil Zappa, distanced themselves from the project last year.
An official press release from Eyellusion said the house band would include “longtime and legendary” players Ray White, Mike Keneally, Scott Thunes, Robert Martin and Joe ‘Vaultmeister’ Travers, with guests Steve Vai, Vinnie Colaiuta, Warren Cuccurullo, Ian Underwood, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Arthur Barrow, Ed Mann and others.
Eyellusion are working “in close cooperation” with the Zappa Family Trust to deliver what they called a “can’t-miss concert spectacle” based on “hours of never-before-seen Zappa performance footage” shot in 1974, when he converted his rehearsal space into a sound stage and recorded a full-length performance “seen only by the camera operators in the room.”
“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," Ahmet Zappa said. "We are anthropomorphizing Frank's music, so his own hand-drawn illustrations, classic imagery from his album artwork and characters from his songs can all interact and perform onstage. And let's not forget, Frank himself will be rocking his fans, alongside his bandmates like nobody's business. My father and I actively discussed 3D and 'holography' and it was a concept he actively engaged in.”
Calling the show a “love letter and a journey celebrating the genius artistry of Frank Zappa,” Ahmet added, "On a personal note, I feel like I am finishing something my father started years ago.”
Dates for the he Bizarre World of Frank Zappa tour will be announced soon.