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The band debuted in 2006 with shows in Europe, Canada and the United States during May and June (the tour was also known as Zappa Plays Zappa - Tour de Frank’). The shows presented a collection of Frank Zappa’s rock-oriented compositions from 1960s to 1980s. Apart from Dweezil Zappa on lead guitar, the band consisted of a mix of relatively unknown young musicians and older musicians who previously played with Frank Zappa. Among those, Napoleon Murphy Brock (sax, flute and vocals) was an integral part of the band, while drummer (and singer) Terry Bozzio and electric guitarist Steve Vai performed as guests in parts of the shows. At several shows Frank Zappa himself performed a song posthumously via synchronized audio/video technology, notedly solos in Chunga’s Revenge.

After a break, the band played again in the US during the Fall of 2006, including a show in New York on October 31. This revived Frank Zappa’s tradition of playing Halloween shows in New York. A DVD documenting the 2006 tour is planned for release in 2007.[1]

In July and August 2007, the band plays a North American tour, with a core line up similar to that of the 2006 band. The band will thereafter play in Europe during September and October, before returning to the US, starting with another Halloween show in New York. They will end the 2007 tour in Australia in early December.[2] Special guest on the tour is vocalist and guitarist Ray White.[3]


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  • Westonhal

    February will not come soon enough. I can't wait for their show at First Ave!

    23 Nov 2013 Reply
  • dr_bun

    saw them in the roxy 3 nights in a row

    26 Jul 2012 Reply
  • blackfloyd23

    Whenever you guys play in Chicago, you can bet I'll be there.

    4 Feb 2012 Reply
  • petross85

    I went to the very same gig MistaApocalypse and thought they were incredible! That was my 3rd year in a row seeing ZPZ and they are spectacular each time. Keep going Dweezil!

    4 Dec 2011 Reply
  • MistaApocalypse

    I'm going to see ''Zappa Plays Zappa'' TONIGHT (Saturday 26th November 2011) !!! Playing at 'The Warwick Arts Centre' at Warwick University in Coventry (CV4 7AL). Its a comfortable seated venue and this will be the second amazing performance for me to see live this week (I also went to see ''Anoushka Shankar'' - daughter of Ravi Shankar play live for my birthday on Wednesday 23rd November). I am a big fan of Frank Zappa and I am completely looking forward to tonight's performance. I've been told to expect technical perfection and stunning musicianship to blow my mind for the second time this week. Thank you Dweezil for keeping this musical legacy alive and for doing it absolute justice. I suddenly feel very lucky. Peace :)

    26 Nov 2011 Reply
  • cfyves

    Thank you Dweezil for doing this. Love it.

    3 Jun 2011 Reply
  • cleverpseudo

    Seeing them live for the fifth time tommorrow night (Albany, NY)!!!

    15 Dec 2010 Reply
  • exprof

    Leuven http://concerts-review.over-blog.com/article-dweezil-zappa-plays-zappa-het-depot-leuven-le-7-novembre-2010-60623789.html

    9 Nov 2010 Reply
  • reagan0

    Bought the 5 disc Fan Pack. Gorgeous! It brought tears to my eyes, it was so good. I want more!

    27 Jul 2010 Reply
  • postymcpostertn

    Great show in Eugene last night. Review, setlist & photos are here: http://jazzsick.wordpress.com/2010/06/13/zpz-eugene2010/

    13 Jun 2010 Reply
  • wetwillies

    Cannot wait to seem them for the second time in July!

    6 Jun 2010 Reply
  • sirblueskies

    I saw them just yesterday 3rd of june 2010. It is the most experimental and vistuoso band I have ever seen live. The best concert in my whole life, such an extraordinary band - There's no words to describe my emotions and feelings. This tribute band should be played on the radio all over the world and spread to a lot of generations what Frank Zappa contributed for modern music. Please .. Come Back to MEXICO guysss ... We love your music. All fans were simply paralized and explode in emotions during your only concert in México. Come back soon! --Alf

    5 Jun 2010 Reply
  • MrBob123

    I saw them back in July at the Orlando stop of the progressive nation tour so much fun

    24 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Tristriam1

    They were also incredible at Prognation in Winnipeg

    19 Aug 2009 Reply
  • elderdruid44

    show was incredible at Prognation in CT.

    7 Aug 2009 Reply
  • JoaoPirucas

    They have a live album and DVD.

    15 Jul 2009 Reply
  • LowJoker

    do they have any recorded stuff out?

    14 Jul 2009 Reply
  • HatsOC

    Their new singer is amazing O.o

    30 Jun 2009 Reply
  • thekidwiththefa

    Yeah, real bummer that both Ray White and Aaron Arntz are out, they're both so talented. Ah well, what can you do. Still, everyone in the crew is so amazing, they'll make up for it.

    7 Apr 2009 Reply
  • krahnium

    .. doesn't appear to be.. sigh..

    3 Apr 2009 Reply
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