Monday, 21 November 2011

Zappa plays Zappa at The Sage 18 Nov 2011

Having opened in York the night before, this was the second of a thirteen-gig tour by Dweezil and his excellent band. They warmed up with Gumbo Variations from the Hot Rats album. This was an ideal warm up jam as what followed was the complete Apostrophe (‘) album played in sequence.

Right through from Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow to Stink-Foot this was a tremendous performance. Frank’s music is anything but simple and the technical virtuosity of the band shone through. They were so tight. Cosmik Debris was awesome and included the first of three ‘jams with dad’ – archive footage of Frank playing a dervish-like solo on this particular song. The packed Sage audience gave the band a deserved ovation and probably expected an interval, but there was none.

So it was straight into What’s The Ugliest Part Of Your Body? followed by an excellent City Of Tiny Lights. Other highlights included Honey Don’t You Want A Man Like Me? and a wonderful Dancing Fool.

After nearly 2½ hours of jaw-droppingly good music, the evening ended with Baby Snakes and the ever popular Muffin Man.

A standing ovation somehow seemed insufficient to thank the 8-piece band for what was nothing short of a musical triumph.


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