Frank Zappa Hologram to play with former bandmates

Live music’s premier hologram production company Eyellusion, have announced that a who’s who of Zappa fan favourite musicians will support ‘The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa’ hologram tour set to hit the UK in May 2019.  Hours of never-before-seen Zappa performance footage from the early 70s will form the basis of the ‘can’t miss’ concert spectacle, which is being produced in close cooperation with the Zappa Family Trust.

The ‘Bizarre World of Frank Zappa’ hologram tour band is comprised of former bandmates for this monumental series of shows. The touring unit boasts guitarists Ray White and Mike Keneally, bassist Scott Thunes, multi-instrumentalist Robert Martin and drummer and Zappa archivist Joe ‘Vaultmeister’ Travers with special guests set to join in on some shows.

‘As a futurist, and hologram enthusiast, Frank fearlessly broke through boundary after boundary as an artist and in honouring his indomitable spirit, we’re about to do it again, 25 years after his passing,’ said Ahmet Zappa, EVP of business development for Eyellusion and co-trustee of the Zappa Family Trust.

‘This mind-melting show we’re putting together celebrates the music, often surreal imagery and humour synonymous with Frank. We will be pushing the limits of what anyone has seen holographically on stage before in a live venue. Circumstances, objects, places and subject matter from Frank’s songs and imagination will be brought to life for the first time on stage.  We are anthropomorphising Frank’s music, so his own hand drawn illustrations, classic imagery from his album artwork and characters from his songs can all interact and perform on stage.

‘My father and I actively discussed 3D and “holography” and it was a concept he actively engaged in. He actually devoted half a chapter of his book, The Real Frank Zappa, to this subject. This is a love letter and a journey celebrating the genius artistry of Frank Zappa. On a personal note, I feel like I am finishing something my father started years ago.  And let’s not forget, Frank himself will be rocking his fans, alongside his bandmates like nobody’s business.’

In 1974, Frank Zappa transformed his Los Angeles rehearsal space into a sound stage and cranked out a passionate, trademark performance seen only by the camera operators in the room who captured every last bizarrely beautiful moment. This footage, locked away in the Zappa vaults for 44 years, will serve as the basis for what will be the world’s most ambitious hologram tour to date, blending live footage of Frank with outrageous visuals that offer a striking view into his complex musical works.

The ‘Bizarre World of Frank Zappa’ will play the following UK venues:

  • Edinburgh Playhouse, Thursday 9th May 2019
  • Gateshead Sage, Saturday 11th May 2019
  • Manchester Bridgewater Hall, Sunday 12th May 2019
  • Birmingham Symphony Hall, Monday 13th May 2019
  • London The Palladium, Tuesday 12th May 2019

Tickets are available from from the 24-hour booking hotline 0844 249 2222 (Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone companies access charge) at BookingsDirect and the venue box offices (by phone and online). For more information visit Zappa.