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Friday, December 02, 2011

Zappa plays Zappa - HMV Picturehouse, Edinburgh, 19 November 2011

ZPZ were - once again - great. Their setlist wasn't as full of crowd-pleasers as last time but none the worse for that. They did the whole of the Apostrophe(') album to start with. It goes without saying that Dweezil and all the rest of the band played their socks off. A new innovation was the use of live video footage of FZ himself on three numbers so that he could provide guitar solos (and in the case of Cosmik Debris, vocals). The idea sounds a little tacky, but its first use in Cosmik Debris was the best: not only because nobody could sing that lyric like Frank, but because in the video footage they used there was a big space left while someone off camera did a solo. In the live performance of course Dweezil took that. There was about 20 seconds of overlap while DZ and FZ duetted, then FZ cut loose with his own solo. Beautiful for all kinds of reasons: Dweezil's evident pride in his Dad, and joy at being able to play with his electronic ghost every night; DZ's own brilliant solo; and Frank's extraordinary one, not so much on a higher plane as on a different planet.

All that, and I got a T-shirt with a ferocious-looking bar of Frank's music on it.

Here's the setlist:

1 Heavy Duty Judy
2 Don't Eat The Yellow Snow
3 Nanook Rubs It
4 St Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast
5 Father O'blivion
6 Cosmik Debris - FZ Video
7 Excentrifugal Forz
8 Apostrophe
9 Uncle Remus
10 Stink-foot
11 What's The Ugliest Part Of Your Body?
12 Chunga's Revenge
13 Cheepnis
14 Inca Roads - FZ Video
15 Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?
16 Honey Don't You Want A Man Like Me?
17 Pojama People
18 City Of Tiny Lites
19 Rollo
20 Dancin'Fool
21 Baby Snakes
22 Muffin Man - FZ Video