The controversial Frank Zappa hologram show, "The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa," will hit the road for the first time this spring.
The show will be based on recordings Zappa made in 1974 at his Los Angeles rehearsal space. The recordings have remained in Zappa's vault since, and have never been performed live.
"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, executive vice president of business development for Eyellusion and co-trustee of the Zappa Family Trust, said in a press release.
"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," Ahmet Zappa continued. "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."
The "Bizarre World of Frank Zappa" hologram tour band is comprised of guitarists Ray White and Mike Keneally, bassist Scott Thunes, multi-instrumentalist Robert Martin, percussionist Ed Mann, and drummer and Zappa archivist Joe "Vaultmeister" Travers.
The tour has been a notable source of contention within the Zappa family. Frank Zappa's oldest son, Dweezil, declined to participate in the tour, claiming the initial press release that announced the tour in September 2017 used his name without his permission.
The elder Zappa's four children have clashed over the rights to his estate since their mother, Gail, died in 2015. Gail left the rights to the Zappa Family Trust to Ahmet and Diva Zappa, excluding Dweezil and his older sister, Moon.
Dweezil in particular has come into extensive conflict with the Trust over his regular Zappa Plays Zappa tours, with Dweezil even changing the name of one his most recent tours to the 50 Years of Frank: Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever the F@%k He Wants – The Cease and Desist Tour.
The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa 2019 Tour Dates:
Fri 4/19 Port Chester, NY Capitol Theater
Sat 4/20 Rochester, NY Kodak Center Theater
Mon 4/22 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie
Wed 4/24 Long Island, NY Paramount Theatre
Fri 4/26 Boston, MA Shubert
Sun 4/28 Albany, NY The Palace Theatre
Wed 05/1 Wilkes Barre, PA Kirby Center
Thu 05/2 Collingswood, NJ Scottish Rite Auditorium
Fri 05/3 Baltimore, MD The Modell Lyric
Thu 5/9 Edinburgh, UK Playhouse
Sat 5/11 Gateshead, UK Sage
Sun 5/12 Manchester, UK Bridgewater Hall
Mon 5/13 Birmingham, UK Symphony Hall
Tue 5/14 London, UK The Palladium
Thu 5/16 Ostend, BEL Kurssal
Fri 5/17 Amsterdam, NLD Rai Theater