Artist: Zappa Plays Zappa
Genre: Rock, Experimental Music
The band burst onto the music scene in 2006 when they simultaneously launched their tour in the US, Canada and Europe. The tour was named Zappa Plays Zappa: Tour de Frank’ which became the band’s moniker. The lineup included struggling musicians besides Frank Zappa’s son, Dweezil Zappa. The band recreated some of the most popular songs by the artist onstage and received an overwhelming response from the audiences. This warm reception encouraged the group to continue their live concerts in the following years.
After the success of their first tour, Zappa Plays Zappa once again hit the road in the fall of 2006. They toured the US and played in a number of cities. Launching an extended tour in 2007, the band performed a series of shows in Europe, Japan, Australia and the US. The famous guitarist and singer, Ray White joined the band as a guest artist and performed various songs. Mounting sales of Zappa Plays Zappa tickets made them one of the most popular tribute bands. Next year, the musical troupe headlined their shows in America and Canada. In 2010, the band performed the entire song list of Frank Zappa’s acclaimed record, Apostrophe (’) in various countries. Every year, the group regularly tours and cherishes the inspiring artistry of the music icon.
The current band members include Dweezil Zappa, Ben Thomas, Scheila Gonzales, Ryan Brown and Chris Norton. This quintet, with their in-depth understanding of music and coordination, recreate note-to-note instrumentation of Frank’s songs. Dweezil fronts the band besides contributing as a lead guitarist. Ben Thomas adds a lively touch to the band with his amazing voice. He joined Zappa Plays Zappa after May 2009 and since then has performed in every show. Rest of the music arrangements are made by the avid participation of and Chris Norton, Scheila Gonzales and Ryan Brown. Norton plays the keyboard for the band besides contributing as a backing vocalist. His experience as a professional piano player helps the band in designing and composing various tracks. Brown’s expertise as a drummer is unquestionable as he makes all the songs catchy with his wonderful percussion. The multi-instrumentalist Scheila Gonzales plays flute, keyboards and saxophone and is one of the key members in arranging different musical pieces. Pooling their respective talents, these members complete the fresh sound of the band.
Zappa Plays Zappa Live
This year marks another addition in Zappa Plays Zappa’s amazing history of touring. Their latest North American Tour includes a number of cities and arenas. Dweezil Zappa’s love for his father’s music, combined with the chemistry between the band members translate into a great musical experience for their audience. Attend one of their shows and enjoy listening to the some of the greatest songs ever made.