“The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa” is set to launch in 2019 with a Frank Zappa hologram, alongside members of the Mothers of Invention. The hologram was created by Eyellusion, the company behind a hologram of Ronnie James Dio that embarked on a world tour last year, and will serve as the centerpiece to a performance full of “hours of never-before-seen (or heard) Zappa performance footage from the early seventies.” The press release promises that exact details about the “can’t miss” concert spectacle will be announced soon.
A number of Zappa’s old bandmates–such as Napoleon Murphy Brock and Ian Underwood of the Mothers—will make guest appearances during stops on the tour. Joe’s Garage alumni Warren Cuccurullo, Arthur Barrow, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Ed Mann are also slated to appear during the tour. The guest artists will perform with a regularly touring band that includes guitarists Ray White and Mike Keneally, bassist Scott Thunes, multi-instrumentalist Robert Martin, and drummer/Zappa archivist Joe “Vaultmeister” Travers.
The “Bizarre World of Frank Zappa” tour is approved and organized by the Zappa Family Trust. Ahmet Zappa, a co-trustee and the trust’s executive vice president of business development, released a statement on the tour that reads:
The development of the ‘Bizarre World’ has been a herculean undertaking and an extremely emotional journey for me. “Weirdly, it’s also been one of the most creatively satisfying projects that I have ever had the privilege of working on. It’s fascinating to me how into holograms my dad was and it’s unbelievable that we have Frank in his own words talking about it (click here to hear more). The fact that we’re now finally able to technologically bring to life the ideas and concepts my father talked about so many years ago is astonishing. People’s minds, eyes and ears will be stunned by the crazy amounts of awesomeness they’ll be exposed to every night on this tour. For the first time in a long time Zappa fans will get to see and hear brand spanking new music performed by Frank with his live band and enjoy never before heard versions of their favorite songs, all while brain-melting visuals make them laugh, smile, and perhaps even cry. I truly can’t wait to share this epic experience with everyone and I’m thrilled that we’ll be doing 100 + dates around the world. So please fasten your concert-going seatbelts because things in the Zappa universe are about to get even more bizarre!!!
Check out the promotional video, which includes audio of Frank Zappa speaking out about Holograms, below:
“The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa – Coming 2019”
[Video: Frank Zappa]