FRANK ZAPPA HOLOGRAM TO WORLD PREMIERE NEW MUSIC

WITH FORMER BANDMATES ON

“THE BIZARRE WORLD OF FRANK ZAPPA”

HOLOGRAM TOUR

NORTH AMERICAN PERFORMANCES

SET TO LAUNCH FRIDAY, APRIL 19

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15

“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

 

Live music’s premier hologram production company Eyellusion has announced that a who’s who of ZAPPA fan favorite musicians will support “The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa” hologram tour which will make its debut this April in the U.S.  The nine U.S. shows kick offFriday, April 19, including a stop at the F.M. Kirby Center on Wednesday, May 1 at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets for the U.S. shows go on sale Friday, February 15 at 10:00 AM at all major ticketing outlets, with a special VIP pre-sale (details here) launching on Wednesday, February 13. A Kirby Member pre-sale begins Wednesday, February 13 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets are available at the kirbycenter.org, at the Sundance Vacations Box Office at the F.M. Kirby Center and charge by phone at 570-826-1100.

In 1974, FRANK ZAPPA transformed his Los Angeles rehearsal space into a sound stage and cranked out some unbelievable performances seen and heard only by the camera operators in the room. The audio from these performances–locked away in the ZAPPA vaults for 44 years–will serve as the basis for what will be the world’s most ambitious hologram tour to date.  The “can’t miss” concert spectacle is being produced in close cooperation with the ZAPPA FAMILY TRUST.

The “Bizarre World of Frank Zappa” hologram tour band is comprised of former ZAPPA bandmates for this monumental series of shows.  The touring unit boasts guitarists Ray White and Mike Keneally, bassist Scott Thunes, multi-instrumentalist Robert Martin, percussionist Ed Mann, and drummer andZAPPA archivist Joe “Vaultmeister” Travers.

“As a futurist, and hologram enthusiast, Frank fearlessly broke through boundary after boundary as an artist and in honouring his indomitable spirit, we’re about to do it again, 25 years after his passing,” saidAhmet Zappa, EVP of business development for Eyellusion and co-trustee of the ZAPPA FAMILY TRUST.

 

“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. 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.

 

“My father and I actively discussed 3D and ‘holography’ and it was a concept he actively engaged in. He actually devoted half a chapter of his The Real Frank Zappa Book to this subject. This is a love letter and a journey celebrating the genius artistry of Frank Zappa. On a personal note, I feel like I am finishing something my father started years ago.  And let’s not forget, Frank himself will be rocking his fans, alongside his bandmates like nobody’s business.”

 

The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa U.S. dates are as follows:

DATE   CITY VENUE
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 F.M. Kirby Center
Thu 05/2 Collingswood, NJ Scottish Rite Auditorium
Fri 05/3 Baltimore, MD The Lyric

The European shows are as follows:

DATE   CITY VENUE
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

For more information, visit www.zappa.com

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