Lumpy Gravy Primordial

Coming on 11/24/17 for Record Store Day Black Friday! Lumpy Gravy: Primordial contains Frank Zappa’s first orchestral-only edit of the music sessions recorded at Capitol Studios during 1967.


This self-described “ballet” was never officially issued until 2008 on the posthumous collection Lumpy Money.  On Black Friday it makes it’s debut on limited edition 12” 45rpm mono translucent burgundy colored vinyl, mastered from the original 1967 1/4” mono master tape, with FZ’s original gatefold album design lovingly restored.


Event: BLACK FRIDAY 2017
Release Date: 11/24/2017
Format: 12" Vinyl
Label: Zappa/Barking Pumpkin Records
Quantity: 4000
Release type: 'RSD First' Release

ZappaCast Episode 34 (A Halloween Treat with Thomas Nordegg!)

Salutations, ZappaCast hobgoblins!!! Yes indeedy folks, the ZappaCast celebrates ZAPPAWEEN (it's a holiday now!) with a most special show, featuring the treat that is an interview with Zappa road crew personage extraordinaire, THOMAS NORDEGG!! Thomas sits down with Scott and the Vaultmeister (Mr. Joe Travers) for a wide-ranging interview covering his time with FZ.

Also, you will be treated to a sneak preview of tracks from the latest official Frank Zappa release, Halloween '77!!! This box set includes ALL SIX SHOWS from the very famous Halloween 1977 run at the Palladium in New York City, from which came the movie and album BABY SNAKES!

The Rift – Dark Side Of The Moon (2017)


01. Omega – Don’t Keep on Me Waitin’
02. Dweezil Zappa – Us and Them
03. Colin Moulding – Brain Damage
04. The Anix – Mask
05. Echolust – 1799
06. Nik Turner – Paranormal
07. Lether Strip – Serenade for the Dead
08. Nektar – Astronaut’s Nightmare
09. Le Seul Element – C. Abyssal
10. Brainticket – Nebula
11. Rick Wakeman – Dynamics of Delirium
12. Chrome – Into the Eyes of the Zombie King
13. Guru Freakout – Notre Dame (Mothership) (The Rift Edit)
14. Guru Guru Groove Band – Ufolove
15. A Flock Of Seagulls – I Ran (So Far Away) (Re-Recorded)

Drum Special mit Terry Bozzio

Am 18. Oktober ist Schlagzeug-Legende Terry Bozzio, bekannt für seine Zusammenarbeit mit Frank Zappa und Jeff Beck zum Drum Special an der Popakademie zu Gast. Während seiner Europa-Tour mit seinem weltgroßen Schlagzeug und Percussion Set macht Terry Bozzio auch zur Clinic in der Popakademie Halt.


Datum: 18.10.2017, Ort: Popakademie Baden-Württemberg, Raum 001, Zeit: 19.00 Uhr, der Eintritt ist frei.

Zappaloween 2017 – The FoolZ vieren Halloween en Frank Zappa

The FoolZ vieren Frank Zappa op zaterdagavond 28 oktober 2017 met een gratis Halloweenconcert in Art café Sam Sam, Apeldoorn (NL).

Extrakonzert - Tribute to Frank Zappa

So. 13.05.2018, 18:00 Uhr, Konzertsaal Kieler Schloss

Freak out! - Tribute to FRANK ZAPPA

Philharmonisches Orchester Kiel, Daniel Carlberg, Dirigent

Kartenpreise: 13,19 €  41,25 €

Bogus Pomp plays at Zappaween #21


Ok,... it's official.


Zappaween 21 will be the last performance of Bogus Pomp.
It's been a great couple decades!! Thank you all.


Zappaween 21 will happen at Skipper's in Tampa

on Saturday, October 28.


Jerry Outlaw - guitar, vocals
Alex Pasut - bass guitar
Rick Olson - keyboards, vocals
Pat Buffo - vocals
David Pate - saxophones
Jim Hall - bass trombone
Jason Caren - drums
George Bernardo - vibes, marimba, percussion
Ross Jobson - keyboards


Bogus Pomp is was a great band dedicated to bringing the best possible performances of the most incredible music ever written.

"Completely absurd lawsuit against the ZFT"

Ahmet Zappa has responded to renewed claims made by his brother Dweezil =>


Ahmet Zappa’s open letter to Dweezil Zappa

BBC Radio 6: Radcliffe and Maconie

ZappaCast Episode 33: Happy 50th, Absolutely Free!

In this episode we look back on the ABSOLUTELY FREE album, which celebrates its 50th birthday in 2017! Lots of groovy tunage and other audio wonderment on offer here PLUS a sneak preview of the new vinyl reissue of ABSOLUTELY FREE in stores October 6th! Come on over to the ZappaCast -- it's Absolutely Free!

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's 2018 season

Big blockbusters dominate the 2018 season from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra … and for something a little bit different - there’s Frank Zappa!


New Zealand Symphony Orchestra chief executive Christopher Blake: “Whatever you might think of the music of Frank Zappa … it’s challenging, it’s interesting, it’s thought provoking and it really does engage you.”


Read more @

Exhibition: Vinyl Moments


Bill Miller returns to Lindsay Gallery with „Vinyl Moments“, a show of his new work in vintage linoleum flooring. Miller worked with Zappa’s widow to create album covers for posthumous releases Congress Shall Make No Law... and Finer Moments. For the first time Miller will be exhibiting  his original Frank Zappa pieces.


Exhibition preview: ‘Vinyl Moments’ @


MOMENTS: Bill Miller Work in vintage linoleum flooring @

Frank Zappa’s ‘Vaultmeister’ Talks On Preserving A Legacy

For Travers, it’s a constant balance of releasing material that comes close to Zappa’s perfectionist standards and satisfying the fans that want to hear the music… read more @

Dweezil Zappa Details Proposal To Resolve His Dispute With The ZFT

„In a recent blog of mine I brought attention to Ahmet Zappa's quote in Rolling Stone. It bares repeating once again…“ Read the full post here.

Ahmet Zappa Discusses Frank Zappa Hologram & Issues With Dweezil

Ahmet mentioned he has worked in the hologram space since 2007 and ran a division of Disney that dealt with the possibility of using holograms for Disney’s intellectual properties. read more @

Carl King Podcast #010 (09/28/17): Mike Keneally

Here we go, we’re going now. Right now, it’s a go. Mike Keneally => listen

Ike Willis Project makes Sellersville Theater debut

Ike Willis brings some Zappa classics to the stage along with original music. read more @

Steve Vai: Why I Accepted Invitation to Play on Zappa Hologram Tour

"It's an opportunity to engage in a massive 'nostalgic hernia' because for many of us, Frank's 'music is the best.'" read more @

Unreleased Tim Buckley Live Music Coming From Manifesto Records

There are constructed two different packages — the 2-CD Venice Mating Call and 2-LP Greetings From West Hollywood, each of which contain none of the recordings (versions) from the 1994 Live at the Troubadour 1969 release and have only two songs (versions) in common with each other. On drums is Art Tripp!

read more @

Belew & Walley Pull Out Of 2018 Frank Zappa Hologram Tour

Denny Walley wrote, „I feel Frank Zappa’s presence every time I pick up my guitar. I see him with both eyes closed. I stood on stage with flesh & blood Frank Zappa. No hollow gram for me…“ =>


Steve Vai confirms participation in Frank Zappa Hologram Tour =>

Music Podcast „Off the Podium“, Ep. 50

features a guest who appeared on episode 13, James Gardner. This podcast primarily focuses on the life and work of Frank Zappa and Gardner's research on the famous musician. Gardner produced a 5 part program dedicated to Frank Zappa for Radio New Zealand and has been a lifelong fan of Zappa's music. => listen

"Digital Puppets"

Dweezil has been inundated with questions about what his Dad would have thought about a hologram tour.

Here are his thoughts on the topic.

Frank Zappa's Legendary Halloween NYC 1977

Residency To Be Released As Massive "Halloween 77" Costume Box Set Featuring 158 Tracks On USB Drive In 24-Bit Audio And Retro Zappa Mask And Costume.


Available October 20 Via Zappa Records/UMe


Halloween 77 (Costume) Box Set
(mixed in 2016 from original vault masters)

Halloween 77 - 3CD

Disc #1: Halloween 1977 Show Start/Introductions, Peaches En Regalia, The Torture Never Stops, Tryin' To Grow A Chin, City Of Tiny Lites, Pound For A Brown, The Demise Of The Imported Rubber Goods Mask, Bobby Brown Goes Down, Conehead (Instrumental), Flakes, Big Leg Emma


Disc #2: Envelopes, Terry's Halloween Solo, Disco Boy, Lather, Wild Love, Titties 'N' Beer, Halloween Audience Participation, The Black Page #2, Jones Crusher, Broken Hearts Are For Assholes


Disc #3: Punky's Whips, Halloween Encore Audience, Dinah-Moe Humm, Camarillo Brillo, Muffin Man, San Ber'dino, Black Napkins, Bonus Section: King Kong, A Halloween Treat With Thomas Nordegg, Audience Participation #5, The Black Page #2


Halloween 77 3-Disc Set Preorder

Meanwhile The Battle Goes On

In response to the zft’s filing Dweezil´s attorney has replied with this statement.

Dweezil Zappa: Trademark Battle Update

You might want to grab your favorite beverage and get yourself into a cozy chair because this update is BIG and HUGE and very "UPDATEY"... In other words, it's gonna take a while to read it in its entirety.


All set? ... Buckled up?

I’m here to present factual information along with contextual background details. I will submit evidence to you that has been cleared by my attorneys and explain why there is still an ongoing legal dispute.
" ...

September 25, 2017 at 3:11 AM @

Werner Neumann Favorite Songs

 „Die Zahl 11 ist dem Kölner heilig, auch dem Wahlkölner. Vor genau 11 Jahren zog es mich von meinem geliebten Köln weg nach Leipzig. Viel ist passiert in dieser Zeit. Viele neue Stücke Musik sind entstanden. Diverse Bands wurden mit Songs versorgt, unzählige Konzerte gespielt. 11 Jahre Musik nun in einem Projekt, gespielt und gesungen von fantastischen Mitmusikern, die ich in dieser Zeit kennen, lieben und schätzen lernte. Jazz, Rock, Pop. Songs und Improvisiertes. Alles zusammen, alles dazwischen, aus einer (meiner) Feder, gespielt von einer (meiner) Band. Meine Lieblingssongs. Favorite Songs!“


Napoleon Murphy Brock - vocals
Florian Kästner - piano, rhodes
Volker Heuken - vibes
Robert Lucaciu - bass
Philipp Scholz - drums
Werner Neumann - guitar, composition


Donnerstag 19. Oktober 2017 - 20:30, LOFT / 2ndFloor e.V.
Hans Martin Müller & Dr. Urs Benedikt Müller, Wissmannstr. 30, 50823 Köln

The Ike Willis Project: tour dates

09/29 Los Angeles, CA @ Theory

10/04 Sellersville, PA @ Sellersville Theater

10/05 New York, NY @ Iridium

10/06 New York, NY @ Iridium

10/07 Stanhope, NJ @ Stanhope House

Sex Without Nails Bro’Sis - „The Torture Never Stops“

Nach „Joe’s Garage“, „Roxy & Elsewhere And Others“ präsentieren die Sex Without Nails Bro’Sis in Erinnerung an den grossen Nonkonformisten und Innovator der Rockmusik Frank V. Zappa ihr Drittes und bislang aufwendigstes Konzertprogramm . „The Torture Never Stops“ ist eine musikalische Reise durch alle Schaffensperioden Zappas von 1968 bis 1992.


Conrad Schrenk: guitar, musical director
Wickerl Adam: MC, vocals
Anzo Morawitz, Peter Dürr, Mel Verez, Sabrina Winter: vocals
Max Tschida: keyboards
Werner Laher: bass
Sigi Meier: drums
Christof Kadane: percussion, mallets


28. Dezember 2017, PORGY & BESS, Riemergasse 11, A-1010 Wien

Adrian Belew will not be on the Hologram tour

Adrian Belew on his Facebook account: "here are my final thoughts on the entire Zappa affair: respectfully count me out. I will not be playing Zappa music in the foreseeable future in any situation. this whole thing is far too caustic and divisive. I will say I have always admired Dweezil for playing his father's music and playing it so damn perfectly. I remember time spent with young Moon and how much I really liked her. recently I met Diva for the first time (she works on Billy Bob Thornton's tour) and she was very nice to me. though I have yet to meet Ahmet in person, he too has been nice to me. earlier this year he asked me to write liner notes for the upcoming Zappa Halloween box set and he treated me respectfully. I do know one thing: Frank loved his family. I have many positive creative things to do. I hope you all will enjoy them. none of them will have anything to do with the current Zappa universe, but I will always revere and love Frank."

Frank Zappa - Back On The Road: The Hologram Tour


Zappa Family Trust working with Eyellusion on multiple groundbreaking productions that will feature former bandmates in celebration of late music legend’s art, life and legacy. 


LOS ANGELES – SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 – Eyellusion, live music’s premier hologram production company, today announced that it will work closely with the Zappa Family Trust to produce hologram performances of Frank Zappa… read more @



As you can read @ Ahmet Zappa shared in a statement details about his father’s tour, being billed as “Frank Zappa – Back on the Road: The Hologram Tour.” Set to perform alongside Frank once again are Ian Underwood, Denny Walley and Napoleon Murphy Brock, all former members of Zappa’s rock band the Mothers of Invention. Several of Frank’s “stunt guitarists” are also lined up for the tour including Steve Vai, Mike Keneally, Adrian Belew, and Warren Cuccurullo.

Some folks may have been wondering if Dweezil was going to comment on the announcement of the Frank Zappa hologram tour. He commented in the form of a t-shirt, “No Fake Frank.”

New CD from Z.E.R.O. - Santaville!


featuring Juliana Brandon, Ike Willis, Craig Twister Steward, Mark Watson, Fred Händl, Marty Ross, Prairie Prince, Rupert Kettle, Joey Kline, Matt Fox, Jimmy Thomas, Armin Beck, John Parkinson, Joe Trump, Magnus Liljeqvist, Niklas Lychou, Hermann Schindler, Karen Luke Fildes, Tom Vail, Andrew Greenaway and Kevin Crosby.


Get it here

Don Preston, Mother of Keyboard Invention

Podcast (Duration: 1:01:27) @ => listen

UZB – Le Grand Oiseau

Le Grand Oiseau is the third volume of the Unmatched Zappa Bands series, celebrating the XX anniversary of the Unmatched series. It follows the tracklist of The Grand Wazoo album (1972) and includes two never-before-released versions of For Calvin (And His Next Two Hitch-Hikers) and Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus, exclusively performed for this release by Spanner Jazz Punks and The Muffin Men.

Astro-Databank Horoskop von Frank Zappa

Audio Master Workshop

Zu Gast in Freiburgs bestem und angesagtestem Aufnahmestudio ist der bekannte britische Produzent und Toningenieur Mick Glossop, der unter anderem für Weltstars wie Frank Zappa, The Waterboys und Van Morrison gearbeitet hat. 1997 erhielt er für seine Mitarbeit an der Platte „Don’t Look Back“ von John Lee Hooker einen Grammy. Mick wird in Freiburg einen exklusiven Workshop für Profis und Schüler über Themen wie Recording und Mixing abhalten.


Mittwoch, 25. Oktober, 15:30 - 17:30, Sportstudio, Freiburg

“Frank Zappa – The Composer” by Daniel Schröder

Now available also in English

In his first album, Frank Zappa already formulated his ambition to become an important composer. And not only did he succeed in becoming a unique musical icon but also in developing an unmistakeable style in compositions for large orchestras or for The Yellow Shark project. But where exactly in the vast field of New Music of the 20th century do we encounter the composer Frank Zappa and who else do we happen upon in his works besides the omnipresent Edgard Varèse? Was John Cage no more than a whimsical mushroom picker for him, and Karlheinz Stockhausen already in a helicopter off to Sirius? Or have Pierre Boulez' serialism or Conlon Nancarrow's punched holes left more dots on the map of Zappa's musical cosmos? What was conventional about Zappa¿s music, and what was innovative? And, did Zappa really refuse to die?

Scott Parker: Discorporate!


DISCORPORATE! takes the reader on the road to We’re Only In For The Money, chronicling the studio work of Frank Zappa and the Mothers Of Invention from September 1966 through September 1967, a period during which Zappa assembled not only We’re Only In It For The Money but the second Mothers album Absolutely Free and his first solo album Lumpy Gravy.


All of these albums are examined in great detail, including previously-unknown session details and more.

So for any of you who care about this sort of thing,

you can order it => here

Dweezil Zappa’s Orchestral Favorites

November 30, 2017 De Oosterpoort, Groningen
December 1, 2017 TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht


Concert details
Noord Nedelands Orkest / Conductor Hans Leenders / Guitar Dweezil Zappa / Producer Co de Kloet


Program (Subject to change)

  • John Adams Slonimsky’s Earbox
  • F. Zappa Bob in Dacron and Sad Jane
  • F. Zappa G Spot Tornado
  • F. Zappa Peaches en Regalia
  • Steve Vai There’s Still Something Dead in Here
  • Dweezil Zappa Truth
  • Dweezil Zappa Marmux Buhdardux
  • Dweezil Zappa New Piece (World Premiere)
  • F. Zappa Watermelon in Easter Hay

Captain Beefheart Weekend in Liverpool

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 - Mon, 13 Nov 2017

Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool (UK), L1 3BX



Fri 10 Nov - The Magic Band at the Liverpool Philharmonic

Though not part of the official programme, The Magic Band returns to Liverpool as part of their final UK tour, performing at Liverpool Philharmonic’s Music Room.

Sat 11 Nov, 10.30am - 4pm Digging Beefheart: A symposium exploring Beefheart as ‘total artist’

Sat 11 Nov, 5 - 6.30pm Doped in Stunned Mirages: A Poetic Celebration of Don Van Vliet

Sat 11 Nov, 7pm (Doors at 6pm) Fast N' Bulbous: A Musical Celebration of Captain Beefheart


For more infos visite

Luckyman Concerts veranstalten Konzert mit den Grandsheiks

"Lange haben wir überlegt und diskutiert, vor drei Jahren schon einmal Kontakt aufgenommen, wieder verworfen und jetzt doch getraut. Wir veranstalten ein Konzert mit der genialen Musik von Frank Zappa. Für viele Musiker nicht vorstellbar, dass man diese unglaublich vielseitige und vielschichtige Musik – von Rock über Jazz, Blues, Kitsch, Pop, E-Musik und Avantgarde, an einem Abend auf die Bühne bringen kann. Aber es gibt eine Band – Grandsheiks – mit Namen. Und sie spielen so gut, dass sogar einige Ex-Zappa Musiker bei Konzerten mitwirkten – fast schon ein Ritterschlag für die Band. Am 28. April ist es so weit – wir zählen auf euch."


28.04.2018, Altes Sudhaus, Gasthaus Zum Bräu
Bräustraße 3, 84518 Garching - Wald/Alz

Norman Hartnett ist der neue Sänger bei FRANK OUT!

Infos zu Norman auf der Frank Out! Seite

Zappa in Wien 1978

Bericht im ORF Mittagsjournal 1978-02-03 (ab Min. 50) und ein weiterer

Bericht im ORF Mittagsjournal 1984-10-04 zum 84er Gig in Wien ... und noch ein

Bericht im ORF Mittagsjournal 1988-05-07 zum 88er Gig in Wien ... und noch ein

Bericht im ORF Mittagsjournal 1992-09-16 zu den Yellow Shark Konzerten

Summer '82: When Zappa Came To Sicily

In an unexpected convergence of art and life, Summer '82 - When Zappa Came to Sicily is a story of two families--Sicilian filmmaker Salvo Cuccia and the children of Sicilian American rock icon Frank Zappa--as they try to reconnect with fathers who died young. The tumultuous summer of 1982 is the playing field on which these parallel stories unfold and ultimately merge. The backdrop is the bloody mafia war that is raging in Sicily, Italy's triumphant win of the World Cup, and Zappa's World Tour, which climaxes with the first ever rock concert in Palermo. Told through the lens of the Italian portion of the tour in a style as eclectic as Zappa's music, the film features rare performance footage and interviews with Dweezil, Moon, Diva and Gail Zappa and Massimo Bassoli, Frank's friend and biographer, who was eyewitness to the events of that summer. The film crescendos in Palermo in an unexpected and emotional homecoming in which all of the seekers reach back though time to connect to something lost: parents, ancestry, homeland, and ultimately a more complete sense of identity.


Format: NTSC, Language: English

Number of discs: 1, Studio: Mvd Visual

DVD Release Date: December 8, 2017

Run Time: 80 minutes

Frank Zappa as DJ

From a program recorded in 1968, Tom Donahue interviews Frank Zappa about his life and work, and allows the irreverent rock star to present some of his favorite music. The ensuing free form program ranges from surf music, doo-wop, jazz, the blues, to the works of Pierre Boulez. The song selection is very informative for any fan of Zappa’s music, as one can easily trace the influence of all these styles on his own creative output, be it the cheesy harmonies of 1950s pop songs or the intricate percussive patterns of Boulez’s avant-garde classical compositions. The role that such songs had on Zappa’s own musical evolution is made all the more clear at the end of this hilarious program when a selection of satirical songs from the Mothers of Invention are also heard.

=> Rund time 97min ... listen

Wolfram Klug: L.A. Bang Bang (CD)

Another album with ex-members of Frank Zappa's band

"Burt, the Nerd" was a 1st successful album. Now comes part 2 - "L.A. Bang Bang" - it will be even better. Better music, better production, better organisation and involvement of same artists even more people joining.


Currently this artists confirmed their participation:

Ike Willis: Vocals and Guitar * 

Arthur Barrow: Sound Engineer and Studio Owner * 

Robert Martin: Vocals, Sax, Flugelhorn *

Michael Barsimanto: Drums


Help us to make the max out on what we can do - help us pay for the time we need @

CHATO! – „So und nicht anders“ (CD, 2017)

Label: Timezone Records, 45:22min, Release date: July 2017

Was uns CHATO! Auf Fatzebuch mit auf den Weg gibt: „Nur so als Tipp für die Hörer: Für CHATO! dient die Musik als Ventil, um den Ärger und die Wut auf gesunde Weise rauszulassen. Die Energie des Punk, den Intellekt des Jazz und die Krässe des Metal gemischt mit Rock, Funk, Pop und das alles abgerundet mit einer Prise Humor. Der Zappa-Spirit ist also die ganze Zeit über dabei.“


So sagte auch Jan Zehrfeld (Panzerballett) zum ersten Album: „Der Sound und die generelle Ästhetik bei den Songs erinnern mich stark an das, was ich von Zappa kenne...“


Wirkte das Debut „Prog Fusion with Balls“ doch ein wenig schnell auf den Weg gebracht, versprach CHATO! nun mehr Geld in die Hand zu nehmen und ein technisch ausgereifteres Album zu präsentieren: „Dieses Mal wollen wir es ein bisschen professioneller angehen und in einem besser ausgestatteten Studio produzieren. Wir wollen diesmal mit einem erfahrenen Toningenieur zusammen arbeiten.”


Auf der „Keine-100-Tage-bis-zur-Zappanale“ Party in Rendsburg (seid gegrüßt Ihr Pumpkins!) hatte ich die Gelegenheit, mich ein wenig mit Chato Segerer über sein neues Album und seine Indiegogo-Kampagne zu unterhalten. Und was ich raushören konnte: Die Ansprüche waren sehr hoch, nicht nur hinsichtlich der Produktion, sondern auch an das Cover. Diesmal sollte das Ergebnis hundertprozentig zufriedenstellend sein.


Nun war ich also gespannt, wie es mit der Entwicklung weitergegangen ist. Das Album, in das ich vorab schon einmal reinhören durfte („So und nicht anders“ wird pünktlich zur Zappanale erscheinen), lässt von der ersten Sekunde an keinen Zweifel daran aufkommen, dass hier wirklich äußerst professionell ans Werk gegangen wurde. Der Sound haut einen glatt um.


Zudem tat das erweiterte Line-Up der Band sehr gut. Nun hatte man mehr kompositorischen Spielraum und „So und nicht anders“ ist nun nicht mehr so gitarrenlastig wie das erste Album. Keyboard und vor allem Bläsersätze erhielten vermehrt Zeit und Raum. Der Titel ist also Programm und CHATO! will damit wohl sagen, dass er genau so etwas im Sinn hatte, als er damit Anfing, Alben zu produzieren. „So muss es klingen, das ist die Idealbesetzung, genau das ist es, was ich unter Musik verstehe und nichts anderes!“


Nein, hier lässt CHATO! keine Wut und keinen Ärger mehr raus. Das Ventil hat mit dem Debutalbum wohl seine Schuldigkeit getan. Der Kopf ist nun auch mal frei für ruhige, sauber auskomponierte Passagen („Walking in the Streets at Midnight“). Bei Weitem aber kein Lull und Lall … immer jazzig, proggig und anspruchsvoll rockig ist das, was Ihr von dem Album erwarten dürft.


Bis auf wenige Ausnahmen handelt es sich übrigens wieder um ein Instrumentalalbum. Diese wenigen Ausnahmen sind aber das Salz in der Suppe: Zum Beispiel das achtminütige „Music-Stereotypes-Medley“ ist eine rotzend freche Nummer mit Anleihen und Zitaten unterschiedlicher Pop-Songs, Musikrichtungen und bekannten Riffs diverser Rocktitel.


Mein absolutes Highlight ist jedoch die „Progtopia“-Trilogie (Tracks 7 – 9). Diese insgesamt achteinhalb Minuten zeugen von CHATO!´s kompositorischer Klasse. Als heftiger Anhänger des Prog war es für mich eine Freude, diese Nummer zu hören.


Und gerade für uns Zappabekloppte hält das Album noch einen Klassiker bereit. „Let´s Move To Cleveland“ kommt leicht und unbeschwert daher, es groovt, dass es in den Füßen zuckt und spätestens hier wird auch die/der letzte Hörer/in erkennen, was für eine wunderbar saubere Produktion hier vorliegt.


Zappanale-Besucher sollten dieses Jahr unbedingt den Sonntagnachmittag für CHATO!´s Auftritt auf der Mystery Stage auf dem Schirm haben. Und wer es am Freitag schon „früh“ aus dem Zelt schafft (ja, die Warm-Up-Party auf dem Kamp ist wirklich feucht-fröhlich und anstrengend), hat um 11.oo Uhr die Gelegenheit, einen spannenden Vortrag von Chato Segerer in den Ausstellungsräumen, Am Markt 3 in Bad Doberan zu hören: „Warum klingt Zappa nach Zappa? Für Musiker und alle, die alles wissen wollen.“ Mit diesem Silberling beweist er seine Kompetenz zu diesem Thema.


Selbstverständlich hat Chato ein paar CDs im Gepäck, wenn er zur Zappanale kommt. Wer es aus welchen Gründen auch immer in diesem Jahr nicht nach Bad Doberan schafft, kann die CD auch direkt bei ihm bestellen. Einfach eine Mail an und das gute Stück kommt für 15 Euro + Porto zu Euch. Es wird auch deutschlandweit vertrieben werden, u.a. bei jpc, Saturn, Müller etc. und auch bei Amazon. Ich bitte Euch jedoch, direkt bei Chato zu bestellen und ihn so zu unterstützen, da nur so die Einnahmen 100%ig beim Künstler bleiben.



Chato Segerer: electric & acoustic guitars, vocals, fake-marimba

Kay Hoffmann: tenor sax & clarinet

David Tiedtke: keys & synth

Adrian “Ad Man” Müller: bass, vocals

Sebastian Berg: drums & tambourine

Janina Ruopp: lead vocals & flute

Everybody: shouting


Jens Buschenlange: trumpet & flugelhorn solo on track 4

Johannes-Clemens Schmidt: trombone on track 4

New Book: Project X is the last word on Frank Zappa

Written with full co-operation of the Zappa estate, veteran rock journalist Alan Clayson shines new light on the full spectrum of Zappa’s life and career, drawing on a huge archive of new material and personal recollections from those who knew Frank best.


Hachette UK, 2017-12-25, 448 pages, ISBN: 1472122992, 9781472122995, tbr. 2017-12-25

Read "Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words"

New book by Jim Pons

Hard Core Love: Sex, Football, and Rock and Roll in the Kingdom of God


From the Sunset Strip to the White House and stadiums throughout the NFL, Jim Pons’ journey through rock and roll to filming professional football becomes a one-of-a kind spiritual autobiography. Hard Core Love connects the dots behind the scenes of Jim’s years with The Turtles, Frank Zappa and The New York Jets, all of which lead to his finest achievement, a long-sought peace with God.


Paperback: 222 pages

Publisher: Waterfront Digital Press

Perico Sambeat Plays Zappa (CD)

Release Date: November 18, 2016, Label: Karonte, Copyright: (C) 2016 Nuba Records S. L., 57min

01 Zomby Woof 5:53

02 It Must Be a Camel 6:16

03 Don't You Ever Wash That Thing? 6:25

04 For Calvin 6:31

05 Imaginary Diseases / Tink Walks Amok 7:18

06 Inca Roads 7:08

07 I Promise Not to Come in Your Mouth 4:57

08 A Pound for a Brown 5:12

09 The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue 4:07

10 Peaches En Regalia 3:36                        


Perico Sambeat - alto sax, soprano sax, flauta, tambourine
Javier Vercher - tenor sax, soprano sax
Voro García - trompeta
Toni Belenguer - trombon
Santi Navalón - keys
Iván Cebrián - guitar
Julio Fuster - bajo, electric bajo
Miquel Asensio “Rochet” - drooms

An analysis of the evolution of Frank Zappa’s BE-BOP TANGO