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Frank Zappa ‘hologram’ to tour next year

By | Published on Friday 22 September 2017

Frank Zappa Hologram Tour

Frank Zappa will be heading out on tour next year. Well, a ‘hologram’ representation of Frank Zappa. Him being dead and all.

The Frank Zappa Family Trust is working with hologram production company Eyellusion on the project, with plans to bring the musician back to the stage in 2018. It’s hoped that a number of musicians who performed with him while he was alive, and others who didn’t, will join the virtual representation of Zappa for the shows.

“I’m THRILLED that Frank Zappa will finally be going back out on tour playing his most well-known music as well as some rare and unheard material”, says Ahmet Zappa, son of Frank and executor of the Trust, as if it was always a foregone conclusion.

“We can’t wait to bring his creative work back to the stage with the musicians he loved to play with” he adds, “such as Steve Vai, Ian Underwood, Adrian Belew, Arthur Barrow, Vinnie Colaiuta, Scott Thunes, Mike Keneally, Denny Walley, Warren Cuccurullo and Napoleon Murphy Brock, among others who are committed to being part of this epic endeavour. When I spoke with them, they were excited at the prospect of performing alongside Frank once again and can’t wait to give fans an unforgettable experience”.

Also, he continues: “How radical would it be to have [Zappa’s daughter] Moon singing ‘Valley Girl’ onstage with Frank? Or to see [his other son] Dweezil side by side with our father playing duelling guitar solos? That would be my greatest wish and I look forward to bringing this special celebration of Frank’s legacy to a town near you. But if that wasn’t enough Zappa coolness, we’re also planning on staging [Zappa’s rock opera] ‘Joe’s Garage The Musical’ with none other than Frank Zappa himself starring as the Central Scrutinizer”.

Eyellusion CEO Jeff Pezzuti adds: “We are THRILLED to welcome such a monumental and important artist to our line-up of planned live music hologram productions. Frank Zappa was an incredible musician, unmatched in his output, tackled so many different genres and influenced a generation of artists that would go on to help further shape rock and pop for decades to come. We are music lovers first and can’t wait to get to work on yet another show that lets fans experience such timeless and important music in a live concert setting”.

As well as helping to oversee the Frank Zappa hologram project, Ahmet Zappa is also joining Eyellusion to head up its global business development team. As previously reported, the company launched last year with a virtual performance by Ronnie James Dio at the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany.