Dweezil performs his father's music, although his siblings Ahmet and Diva don't want him to. He explained that the band would play the songs in chronological order, so the first part of the concert consisted of several numbers from Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention's debut album Freak Out! from 1966. Highlight so far: A heavy version of Who Are The Brain Police?
Then Dweezil had the good taste to bring in a couple of rock songs from 200 Motels: What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning and She Painted Up Her Face. Good rock songs but hardly ever performed live after Frank left the Flo & Eddie era (1970/71).
We also got to hear Keep It Greasey in a version very close to the original version on the Album Joe's Garage, including the odd time signatures during the guitar solo.
By the end of the concert Dweezil said a few words about the feud with two of his siblings. He also asked the audience to join his pledge music campaign Dweezil Zappa & The Others Of Intention to help him "protect the name that his father gave him".
One of the last songs was a special version of Ride My Faco To Chicago where the lyrics were changed to Ride My Face To Portland.
Over all the concert was a very good one. Great playing and great choice of songs.
But some of the theatrics on stage were unnecessary and sort of stupid. Imagine what such activities could be during songs like Lemme Take You To The Beach and Fembot In A Wet T-Shirt.
And sometimes Dweezil's guitar solos lack inspiration and just don't go nowhere.
...but this band is still a great thing if you're into Frank Zappa.
Rosewood Theatre, Portland, Oregon, USA.
50 Years Of Frank: Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever The F@%k He Wants.
Dweezil Zappa: Lead Guitar, Vocals
Scheila Gonzalez: Sax, Keys, Vocals
Ryan Brown: Drums, Vocals
Kurt Morgan: Bass, Vocals
Chris Norton, Keys, Vocals
David Luther, Baritone Sax, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Vocals
Cian Coey, Lead Vocals