The hologram tour The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa will arrive in the UK in May 2019. Produced by the premier hologram production company Eyellusion, it will feature a “who’s who” of favourite musicians among Zappa fans, and hours of never-before-seen performance footage of the pioneer. The production is being mounted with the close cooperation of the Zappa Family Trust.
The tour consists of Frank Zappa on lead guitar and vocals. He will be accompanied by former bandmates, guitarists Ray White and Mike Keneally, bassist Scott Thunes, multi-instrumentalist Robert Martin and drummer and Zappa archivist Joe “Vaultmeister” Travers. Special guests are set to take part in some shows.
“As a futurist, and hologram enthusiast, Frank fearlessly broke through boundary after boundary as an artist and in honouring his indomitable spirit, we’re about to do it again, 25 years after his passing,” said Ahmet Zappa, EVP of business development for Eyellusion and co-trustee of the Zappa Family Trust.
“This mind-melting show we’re putting together celebrates the music, often surreal imagery and humour synonymous with Frank. We will be pushing the limits of what anyone has seen holographically on stage before in a live venue. Circumstances, objects, places and subject matter from Frank’s songs and imagination will be brought to life for the first time on stage.
“We are anthropomorphising Frank’s music, so his own hand drawn illustrations, classic imagery from his album artwork and characters from his songs can all interact and perform on stage,” continues Ahmet Zappa. “My father and I actively discussed 3D and ‘holography’ and it was a concept he actively engaged in. He actually devoted half a chapter of his The Real Frank Zappa Book to this subject.
“This is a love letter and a journey celebrating the genius artistry of Frank Zappa. On a personal note, I feel like I am finishing something my father started years ago. And let’s not forget, Frank himself will be rocking his fans, alongside his bandmates like nobody’s business.”
Among the unseen footage in the new production is a 1974 performance at Zappa’s Los Angeles rehearsal space, which he converted into a sound stage for a passionate performance seen at the time only by the camera operators. Locked away in the Zappa vaults for 44 years, the film will serve as the basis for what’s being described as the world’s most ambitious hologram tour to date. It blends live footage of Frank with outrageous visuals, presenting a striking view into his complex musical works.
More information is available at www.zappa.com. The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa will play at the following UK venues:
EDINBURGH Playhouse, Thu 9 May 2019
GATESHEAD Sage, Sat 11 May 2019
MANCHESTER Bridgewater Hall, Sun 12 May 2019
BIRMINGHAM Symphony Hall, Mon 13 May 2019
LONDON The Palladium, Tue 14 May 2019
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