Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (May 26, 2015) — The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall proudly welcomes Zappa Plays Zappa’s “One Size Fits All” 40th Anniversary Tour on Sunday, September 13, 2015. Tickets for Zappa Plays Zappa will go on sale to the public this Friday, May 29 at 10 a.m.
Dweezil Zappa was born on September 5, 1969 in Los Angeles — the son of Frank and Gail Zappa. Having primarily heard the music his father was working on or listening to at home while growing up, Dweezil was exposed to some new sounds on the radio. Like many aspiring guitarists of his generation, Dweezil‘s ear was caught by the trailblazing guitar styles of Edward Van Halen and Randy Rhoads. In 1982, at the age of 12 he made his first onstage appearance with his father’s band at the Hammersmith Odeon in London. Later that year he recorded his first single, “My Mother Is A Space Cadet”, released on Frank Zappa’s Barking Pumpkin label. In 1984, Dweezil contributed guitar solos to both “Stevie’s Spanking” and “Sharleena” on Frank’s album Them Or Us and in 1986, he recorded and released his first full length album, Havin’ A Bad Day. 1988 saw Dweezil sign a deal with Chrysalis Records, releasing his second album My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama. With the release of his third album Confessions in 1991, Dweezil began to branch out musically, blending his heavy rock approach with touches of his father’s distinct compositional insignia. In 2000, Dweezil released Automatic.
The next several years saw Dweezil preparing to take on an extremely difficult challenge—bringing his father’s legendary music back to the concert stage. In 2006, some indication of what could be expected surfaced with Dweezil’s next solo album Go With What You Know. The album featured Dweezil’s most creative, advanced guitar work to date. In the spring of 2006, Dweezil’s new live band Zappa Plays Zappa hit the road for their first tour. Playing a long, ambitious set of Frank Zappa favorites and obscure gems to big audiences of crazed Zappa fans, the earliest ZPZ tour included band alumni Steve Vai on guitar, Napoleon Murphy Brock on tenor sax and lead vocals and Terry Bozzio on drums. This lineup was captured in the group’s first Zappa Plays Zappa release on CD and DVD in 2008. This project netted Dweezil his first GRAMMY Award win for Best Instrumental Performance for its version of the Frank Zappa classic “Peaches En Regalia”. In 2007, the tour continued and new elements were introduced. Ray White joined the tour on vocals. This lineup of the band recorded their next live release Return Of The Son Of…. Once again Dweezil found himself up for GRAMMY contention when the version of Frank’s guitar solo “The Deathless Horsie” was nominated for Best Instrumental Performance. In 2011, Dweezil released a double CD album Dweezil Zappa – Live In The Moment which is a compilation of improvised guitar solos taken from various ZPZ shows since 2007. 2012 delivered new releases of Dweezil’s own music and the continuation of his music boot camp Dweezilla, as well as the album F.O.H. – a live double CD featuring Zappa Plays Zappa performances of Frank Zappa songs. In 2012 Dweezil redefined Zappa Plays Zappa mission as a band and sculpted it into the current 6 piece configuration he takes on tour. (Dweezil Zappa Lead Guitar Vocals, Scheila Gonzales Saxophone, Flute, Keyboards and Vocals, Kurt Morgan Bass and Vocals, Chris Norton Keyboards and Vocals, Joe Travers Drums and Vocals, Ben Thomas Lead Vocals, Trumpet and Trombone.) This fine assortment of handpicked musicians all have their own unique qualifications but it’s their dedication to preserving and performing the detailed music of Frank Zappa that unites them and thrills audiences across the globe.
Dweezilla On The Road: Dweezil Zappa Guitar Masterclass – For the price of a fuzz pedal, learn the techniques from the son of Frank Zappa. Dweezil Zappa’s music camp Dweezilla has a motto “Learn And Destroy”. It refers to destroying the boundaries that confine music creativity. Dweezilla On The Road features Dweezil previewing some of the guitar concepts he teaches at his music camp in a special On The Road class which takes place four hours before doors. Tickets sold separately.
Tickets for this general admission standing room only show go on sale this Friday, May 29 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and St. Augustine Amphitheatre Box Offices, ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets and by phone at (800) 745-3000.
SHOW: Zappa Plays Zappa “One Size Fits All” 40th Anniversary Tour
DATE: Sunday, September 13, 2015 TIME: Doors 8:00p.m. / Show 9:00p.m. TICKET PRICE: $32.00 – Advance Ticket General Admission Standing Room Only
$35.00 – Day of Show Ticket General Admission Standing Room Only
$60.00 – VIP Soundcheck Party & Early Entry
$75.00 – Dweezil Zappa Guitar Masterclass – Dweezilla On The Road (Concert ticket sold separately)