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Zappa Plays Zappa @ Newton Theatre

Zappa Plays Zappa

Newton Theatre

July 10, 2014

NEWTON, NJ—In the same fashion as his late father, the prolific musician Frank Zappa, Dweezil Zappa aligned himself with extremely talented musicians to deliver perfect renditions of songs spanning the entire catalogue as Zappa Plays Zappa took the Newton Theatre by storm. With a super tight five-piece band backing Dweezil, who armed himself with a monstrous pedal board and his Gibson SG and Les Paul, he took the middle-aged audience with a handful of young Zappa fans on a journey through rarities and well-known songs, full of improvised solos, spot on dynamic and tempo changes, and impressive vocal harmonies by nearly all band members.

Lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, trumpet and trombone player Ben Thomas sounded exactly like Zappa of old on many of his signature songs like “Montana” and the show’s opener “Zomby Woof,” full of ironic and comical animation, enhancing the satirical material in many of the songs. He also looked strangely like Netflix powerhouse Blue Mountain State star Thad Castle. Keyboardist Chris Norton, bassist Kurt Morgan, drummer Joe Travers and saxophonist Scheila Gonzalez each had their own time in the spotlight, playing riveting solos on certain songs including the frenzied instrumental “Eat That Question,” the famous bluesy…

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