For the second time in less than a year, I saw the Zappa Plays Zappa show at the UT Hogg Auditorium. This time, the special guest was Ray White.
There were several surprising things about this show:
- At various times, including the opening number, the Mystery Man, the band accompanied a video clip of Frank. They also accompanied his vocals on
Dumb All Over, and one other song that I can not remember now.
- The set lasted approximately 3 1/2 hours again, but there was no intermission this time around. Dweezil did not leave the stage at all.
- There was virtually no overlap in the set list, with the show I saw last year. This time around there was new material from Zappa in New York, You Are What You Is, and Joe's Garage.
- There was a song improvised from phrases submitted by the audience. This worked very well.
- Terry Bozzio was surprisingly not visible. (Perhaps he was backstage?)
I can't say much else other than Ray White is fucking amazing, and this show is one of the best things going right now. I'm still kicking myself for not noticing the DVDs from the 2006 ZplaysZ show on the Merch table. Hopefully, I can snag one via another method.
The biggest chuckle I had this night was a young couple. The woman was wearing a
Titties and Beer T-shirt and her SO had one that said
Pussy and Coffee.
Unfortunately, Dweezil resisted the urge to play Frank's most requested song immortalized on her shirt.