Dweezil Zappa

Mayo PAC, Morristown, NJ

   
Dweezil Zappa
Mayo PAC, Morristown, NJ
8/2/2017
By Dennis Morgillo

It’s been over 50 years since Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention released their groundbreaking album ‘Freak Out’.  ‘Freak Out’ is still ahead of it’s time and was light years ahead of everyone else when it was released in 1966.
Dweezil Zappa is on tour to spotlight ‘Freak Out’ and honor the legacy of his late father Frank.
The tour is called - 50 Years of Frank: Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever the F@%k He Wants – The Cease and Desist Tour.

Frank Zappa was my favorite guitarist and I always looked forward to his famous Halloween shows in NYC. I admired Dweezil as a musician as well and was looking forward to this concert.
Dweezil and his band took us though a beautiful night of music and memories with light hearted banter, and reminiscing.

Dweezil touched on all aspects of his Dad’s career. ‘Freak Out’, ‘200 Motels’, ‘Joes Garage’.
Zappa was always such an amazing musician, innovator, and hysterically witty and insightful lyricist. ‘The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing’, ‘Who Are The Brain Police’ are as topical today as when they were first recorded. We need Frank Zappa, he sure is missed.  One highlight of the night for me was when Dweezil played ‘Apostrophe’ as a power trio with just bass and drums.  High energy early 70’s rock jazz. That is the shit.  The encores of ‘Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow, ‘Cosmik Debris’, and ‘Muffin Man’ were icing on the cake.

It’s amazing what music can do and how it can make you feel. During the instrumental ‘Watermelon in Easter Hay’, I was moved to tears, chills, the whole shebang. It made me smile, thinking of all the times I have seen Frank Zappa in concert, and it also made me sad that I will never see him again. The song is so beautiful, so emotional, with such feeling. All of this with no words necessary. That is the beauty of music. It has the power to bring us all together. Too bad the Zappa children can’t listen to the music and come together and forget all of this fighting and drop the legal battles. Zappa is still ahead of his time. I don’t think we will ever catch up.
 
Setlist:
Transylvania Boogie
Help, I’m a Rock
It Can’t Happen Here
You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here
Harry, You're a Beast / The Orange County Lumber Truck
Lemme Take You to the Beach
How Could I Be Such a Fool?
Who Are the Brain Police?
What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning?
She Painted up Her Face / Half A Dozen Provocative Squats
Flower Punk
Inca Roads
Holiday in Berlin, Full Blown
The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing
Montana
Zomby Woof
Black Napkins
Apostrophe
Doreen
You Are What You Is
Keep It Greasey
Watermelon in Easter Hay

Encore:
Cosmik Debris
City of Tiny Lites
Don't Eat the Yellow Snow
Rollo
Muffin Man   

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