Hello Everyone,

Just wanted to to take a quick moment to give you all an update on the many things that I am in the process of preparing for 2013. There are some significant things to showcase this year. The "Roxy" 40th anniversary tour is certainly a highlight. It has long been one of favorite albums and we will have a lot of fun playing the record in its entirety.

As history has shown, Frank's band line-ups changed with frequency during his career. Each time creating a new layer of detailed sound and an opportunity for new musicians to rise to the challenge of his music and his leadership. It has always been a great opportunity for audiences to become familiar with new and talented musicians as well. This history is more like tradition.

My own line-up for ZPZ maintained a core unit for a longer term than many of the incarnations of Frank's bands. Over time things shift here or there and people have other commitments or other interests or it's simply time for a change. Each time a change takes place in the band  I view it as great opportunity to continue to explore the challenges within the music and to present the show with new inspiration and determination. We have recently had a change within the core and we are enthusiastically welcoming a new drummer Ryan Brown. More on that in a moment.

Joe Travers has made many fantastic contributions to the Zappa Plays Zappa project, my own music projects and to the catalog through his role as the Vaultmeister there is no doubt that we will have opportunities to work together again. We've played together and been friends for more than 20 years so there's no fodder for all of the special speculators and instigators out there.

Now back to Ryan Brown. A few calls went out to find an appropriate replacement for Joe Travers. There was a lot of deliberation over criteria for the audition process and there was a very short time frame to make this change happen since there is a massive amount of prep work to be done.

Ryan is not unlike Joe in his love for the music and his knowledge of totality of the catalog. He has a great awareness of the different drummers that played with Frank and an ability to channel their styles when needed. His mom made him a Zappa pillow when he was a kid and this music has been a huge part of his life. His attitude and ability has earned him his spot in the band and we are looking forward to bringing a new energy and perspective to the stage.

You will be hearing him on stage beginning in September but you will hear him sooner on a track called DINOSAUR which I have just recorded for a DWEEZILLA project that is soon to be released.

Hope to see you on tour!




  • boopeedoop

    :(( there are no Florida dates, this makes me very sad!

  • tom caster

    It's always bittersweet to see members move on but as you said it's part of life not only in the music bussiness but I beleive in all professions today. I ask that perhaps you could keep a list of current and previous ZPZ band members and a link to them so we can follow their current projects. I"ve seen Pete,Joe and  Schielia's side gigs and they are great as could be expected. I've found through following ZPZ I've been exposed to many new musicians and bands that otherwise I wouldn't have most likely ever known of. Z keep up the great work and see you next time around! Tom

  • Dweezil

    The marimba parts are being performed in real time using marimba samples on keyboards by Chris Norton. The sound texture is quite apparent but obviously there is no visual representation.

  • Ronny's Noomies

    Dweezil, how are you dealing with all the marimba parts on Roxy?


  • rc

    Thanks for all your hard work and dedication Joe! Hopefully you bring one of your projects the East Coast so we can see you sometime.

    Best of luck to Ryan, Dweezil has been batting .1000 so far so Im sure you will do just fine!

    And Thanks to Dweezil for keeping this thing going! See you guys on Halloween!