Zappa holo­gram out­rage

Frank tour branded “caus­tic and di­vi­sive”.

Classic Rock - - The Dirt -

Dweezil Zappa and Adrian Belew have shot down re­ports of their par­tic­i­pa­tion in a con­tro­ver­sial Frank Zappa holo­gram tour an­nounced by the estate of the late mu­sic icon, who died in 1993. The Frank Zappa Fam­ily Trust is work­ing with pro­duc­tion com­pany Eyel­lu­sion on plans to bring the mu­si­cian back to the stage in 2018.

“I have never been con­tacted by the ZFT in any form, nor have I given them con­sent to use my name,” in­sists Dweezil, the el­der of Frank’s two sons. “I’m not in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing in any­thing with an ar­ti­fi­cial ver­sion of my fa­ther.”

Gui­tarist/vo­cal­ist Belew, a long-time mu­si­cal as­so­ciate of Frank, said: “I will not be play­ing Zappa mu­sic in the fore­see­able fu­ture in any sit­u­a­tion. This whole thing is far too caus­tic and di­vi­sive. Re­spect­fully, count me out.”

Frank’s younger son, Ah­met, is work­ing with Eyel­lu­sion on the de­vel­op­ment of the holo­gram. Ah­met and Dweezil have been in­volved in a long-run­ning dis­pute that forced the lat­ter to change the name of his live show from Zappa Plays Zappa to Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa and later to Dweezil Zappa Plays What­ever The Fuck He Wants: The Cease And De­sist Tour. DL

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