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Funny story about the 09/11/11 show in Clearwater at Ruth Eckerd hall (what a spectacular listening room!).

My ex-wife (OK, ex#2, mother of our children) and I were married 1981-1998. We saw several Zappa shows, including the 1980 show at the Jai-alai fronton, when she had her camera, and she has one shot where he is staring right at her!

Fast-forward to 2011. She was (until recently) with an interesting man. Linda and I discovered that they were sitting in the row in front of us at the ZPZ/RTF show. Brownies may have been involved on our end. We said hello at setbreak, when she said, "I knew you'd be here!"

The show was awesome. As gma says, the ZPZ set was just too short but superb. The Return to Forever set was also excellent. No diMeola this tour. Instead, Frank Gambale was on guitar (great), and Jean-Luc Ponty was on violin. I had seen him twice with Zappa. They played my favorite Ponty song, "Renaissance."

Some weeks later, we see my ex and her man, who is a classical music fan. He says (approiximately): "That was the worst concert I ever heard in my life."

And, to quote once again my former mother-in-law, "That's what makes a horse race!"

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Thu May 08, 2014 8:10 am Profile
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I can't believe that I missed ZPZ and RTF! Oh well, I guess the list of what I missed will always be larger than the one of things I experienced. Are you experienced?


Fri May 09, 2014 8:45 am Profile
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ReverendHugh wrote:
I can't believe that I missed ZPZ and RTF! Oh well, I guess the list of what I missed will always be larger than the one of things I experienced. Are you experienced?



Yeah, that one list is ALWAYS longer!

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Fri May 09, 2014 11:02 am Profile
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A day late for Mother's Day. For 26 years, when I did a jazz show at WUSF one night a week, I always celebrated Mother's Day and Zappa Birthday Bash with two hours of FZ's jazz music.

This is my favorite period and my favorite recording, from the 1968 London concert preserved as "Ahead of Their Time." This particular sequence is incredible and was later recreated on "Make a Jazz Noise Here."

Harry, You're a Beast >
The Orange County Lumber Truck >
Oh No >
The Orange County Lumber Truck

The small snippet (3:18) of OCLT on "Weasels Ripped My Flesh" is excerpted from here, although fanatics will see that FZ overdubbed his solo for "Weasels."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ob-ouT6hK-s
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Mon May 12, 2014 3:13 pm Profile
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At about 3:10, the song shifts to Zappa and a wah-wah solo. Frank was King of the Wah-Wah. Other evidence:

"Holiday in Berlin -- Full Blown" from "Burnt Weeny Sandwich"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1iVLEELtqE

"Eat That Question" from "Grand Wazoo"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jymHINLcjlw

"Dog Breath" from "Just Another Band From L.A."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsDQxh9_e50

Makes me cry every time I hear these. Must be something wrong with me.

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Mon May 12, 2014 3:26 pm Profile
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or And then there is another 1968 masterpiece from "Burnt Weeny Sandwich:" "Little House I Used to Live In."

Beyond its general spectacularness, Don Sugarcane Harris puts on THE definitive clinic on swing violin. He comes in at 5:13 and absolutely ROMPS for 4 minutes, then comes back in at 10:38 for another 3-minute excursion.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMTpSz6OVe8

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Well I'm about to get sick
From watchin' my TV
Been checkin' out the news
Until my eyeballs fail to see
I mean to say that every day
Is just another rotten mess
And when it's gonna change, my friend
Is anybody's guess

So I'm watchin' and I'm waitin'
Hopin' for the best
Even think I'll go to prayin'
Every time I hear 'em sayin'
That there's no way to delay
That trouble comin' every day
No way to delay
That trouble comin' every day

Wednesday I watched the riot . . .
Seen the cops out on the street
Watched 'em throwin' rocks and stuff
And chokin' in the heat
Listened to reports
About the whisky passin' 'round
Seen the smoke and fire
And the market burnin' down
Watched while everybody
On his street would take a turn
To stomp and smash and bash and crash
And slash and bust and burn

And I'm watchin' and I'm waitin'
Hopin' for the best
Even think I'll go to prayin'
Every time I hear 'em sayin'
That there's no way to delay
That trouble comin' every day
No way to delay
That trouble comin' every day

Well, you can cool it,
You can heat it . . .
'Cause, baby, I don't need it . . .
Take your TV tube and eat it
'N all that phony stuff on sports
'N all the unconfirmed reports
You know I watched that rotten box
Until my head begin to hurt
From checkin' out the way
The newsman say they get the dirt
Before the guys on channel so-and-so

And further they assert
That any show they'll interrupt
To bring you news if it comes up
They say that if the place blows up
They will be the first to tell,
Because the boys they got downtown
Are workin' hard and doin' swell,
And if anybody gets the news
Before it hits the street,
They say that no one blabs it faster
Their coverage can't be beat

And if another woman driver
Gets machine-gunned from her seat
They'll send some joker with a brownie
And you'll see it all complete

So I'm watchin' and I'm waitin'
Hopin' for the best
Even think I'll go to prayin'
Every time I hear 'em sayin'
That there's no way to delay
That trouble comin' every day
No way to delay
That trouble comin' every day

Hey, you know something people?
I'm not black
But there's a whole lots a times
I wish I could say I'm not white

Well, I seen the fires burnin'
And the local people turnin'
On the merchants and the shops
Who used to sell their brooms and mops
And every other household item
Watched the mob just turn and bite 'em
And they say it served 'em right
Because a few of them are white,
And it's the same across the nation
Black and white discrimination
Yellin' "You can't understand me!"
'N all that other jazz they hand me
In the papers and TV and
All that mass stupidity
That seems to grow more every day
Each time you hear some nitwit say
He wants to go and do you in
Because the color of your skin
Just don't appeal to him
(No matter if it's black or white)
Because he's out for blood tonight

You know we got to sit around at home
And watch this thing begin
But I bet there won't be many live
To see it really end
'Cause the fire in the street
Ain't like the fire in the heart
And in the eyes of all these people
Don't you know that this could start
On any street in any town
In any state if any clown
Decides that now's the time to fight
For some ideal he thinks is right
And if a million more agree
There ain't no Great Society
As it applies to you and me
Our country isn't free
And the law refuses to see
If all that you can ever be
Is just a lousy janitor
Unless your uncle owns a store
You know that five in every four
Just won't amount to nothin' more
Gonna watch the rats go across the floor
And make up songs about being poor

Blow your harmonica, son!


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