Five reasons to See: Zappa plays Zappa

 

Dweezil plays favourites from dad Frank

 
 
 
 
Dweezil Zappa (holding guitar) and his sextet are performing Zappa Plays Zappa on Nov. 29 at the Commodore Ballroom.
 

Dweezil Zappa (holding guitar) and his sextet are performing Zappa Plays Zappa on Nov. 29 at the Commodore Ballroom.

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Zappa Plays Zappa

Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. at Commodore Ballroom

Tickets: $49.50/79 at ticketmaster.ca

1. One Size Fits All. For the 40th anniversary of the 1975 Mothers of Invention classic, Dweezil Zappa and his sextet are performing the album in its entirety. This means songs that hardcore Zappa-philes already love — tracks like Inca Roads, Po-Jama People and Evelyn, A Modified Dog — and that may bring others into the fold (or alienate them further!).

2. Along with other songs. Some of the other tracks from the Zappa oeuvre that the band has been playing on this tour include Outside Now, Grand Wazoo, My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama, Baby Snakes, Sinister Footwear and even Dancin’ Fool, Zappa’s second highest-charting single (behind Valley Girl).

3. Dweezil Zappa. Perhaps it’s because of the task he’s taken on, but Dweezil — son of Frank — has risen to the occasion. By choosing to play his dad’s extremely technical, difficult music, Dweezil has become a virtuoso guitarist in his own right.

4. Son plays dad. In a recent interview, Zappa said that One Size Fits All has some of his favourite Frank songs. No doubt this will contribute to what is sure to be a joyful performance of music by one of the most respected songwriters of the rock era.

5. The band. Zappa’s players include top musicians Scheila Gonzalez (saxophone, flute, keyboards, vocals), Ben Thomas (vocals), Chris Norton (keyboards, vocals), Kurt Morgan (bass) and Ryan Brown (drums).

 
 
 
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Dweezil Zappa (holding guitar) and his sextet are performing Zappa Plays Zappa on Nov. 29 at the Commodore Ballroom.
 

Dweezil Zappa (holding guitar) and his sextet are performing Zappa Plays Zappa on Nov. 29 at the Commodore Ballroom.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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