For Immediate Release
September 14, 2010
DWEEZIL ZAPPA BRINGS HIS ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA TOUR TO CHICAGO TO CELEBRATE HIS FATHER's 70th BIRTHDAY
Saturday, December 11th at Congress Theater
On the 70th anniversary of his father Frank Zappa’s death [um, you mean "birth" right? -ed.], Dweezil Zappa will hit the road for the Zappa Plays Zappa tour. “One day isn’t enough, so we are extending the birthday festivities from November through December,” explained Zappa, “Not only will we be performing with him again though the technological wonderment of enhanced video, but we’ll also be performing the works from one of his best known albums. Apostrophe will be performed in the album’s running order!” There will be additional Zappa music that Dweezil Zappa has not performed on any previous tour.
Zappa Plays Zappa rolls into the Congress Theater in Chicago on Saturday, December 11th.
Son of Frank Zappa and a heavy metal disciple of Eddie Van Halen and Steve Vai, Dweezil released his first album, Havin' a Bad Day, in 1986. He worked a stint as a VJ on MTV, appeared in the films Pretty in Pink and The Running Man, and had a brief sojourn in TV situation comedy with his sister Moon Unit, on 1988-1989's Normal Life. Dweezil also issued his second album, My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama, in 1988, following it in 1991 with Confessions, and subsequently took a break from solo recording. He next formed the band Z with brother Ahmet on vocals; the group released two albums together: 1994's Shampoohorn and 1996's Music for Pets. In addition to his work as a session guitarist, Zappa busied himself with TV work and his first solo album in nine years, 2000’s mostly instrumental Automatic. In 2005, he assembled a crack band of younger players and recruited FZ alumni Steve Vai, Terry Bozzio, and Napoleon Murphy Brock for the critically acclaimed Zappa Plays Zappa tour which hit the road in the summer of 2006. The band (with Brock ostensibly as the front man) performed an entire program of Frank Zappa compositions with Vai and Bozzio appearing as guests and Dweezil himself as lead guitarist/bandleader. Between legs of that tour, he released Go with What You Know, easily his most ambitious album to date.
Saturday, December 11, 2010 at Congress Theater
2135 Milwaukee Avenue – 773/276-1235
doors: 7 p.m
for tickets: www.congresschicago.com
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