Posts Tagged ‘Steve Vai’

Frank Zappa Hologram Tour Coming Next Year

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Sooo… A few months ago a Ronnie James Dio hologram tour was announce from a company called Eyellusion.  Eyellusion has now announced a new partnership with the Zappa Family Trust to develop Frank Zappa hologram shows.

From Zappa.com,

LOS ANGELES – SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 – Eyellusion, live music’s premier hologram production company, today announced that it will work closely with the Zappa Family Trust to produce hologram performances of Frank Zappa, giving fans an opportunity to experience the prolific, eclectic and critically acclaimed music legend live in concert again. Production for the Zappa shows will kick off in late 2017, with performances announced later in 2018.

“I’m thrilled that Frank Zappa will finally be going back out on tour playing his most well-known music as well as some rare and unheard material,” said Ahmet Zappa, co-Trustee of the Zappa Family Trust. “We can’t wait to bring his creative work back to the stage with the musicians he loved to play with, such as Steve Vai, Ian Underwood, Adrian Belew, Arthur Barrow, Vinnie Colaiuta, Scott Thunes, Mike Keneally, Denny Walley, Warren Cuccurullo and Napoleon Murphy Brock among others who are committed to being part of this epic endeavor. When I spoke with them, they were excited at the prospect of performing alongside Frank once again and can’t wait to give fans an unforgettable experience.”

He continued, “Also, how radical would it be to have Moon singing ‘Valley Girl’ onstage with Frank? Or to see Dweezil side by side with our father playing dueling guitar solos? That would be my greatest wish and I look forward to bringing this special celebration of Frank’s legacy to a town near you. But if that wasn’t enough Zappa coolness, we’re also planning on staging Joe’s Garage The Musical with none other than Frank Zappa himself starring as the Central Scrutinizer.”

“Frank was an innovator and his art transcended so many different mediums,” said Diva Zappa, co-Trustee of the Zappa Family Trust. “He left behind such an extensive body of work and we want to celebrate his music with really creative and unique live hologram productions that will introduce his music to a new generation of fans and let so many that enjoyed his music when he was alive experience it again. We have had this idea for many years and after meeting with the team at Eyellusion, we knew that they were the right partner to make it a reality.”

“We work closely with the Zappa family on their various projects, and look forward to sharing new Frank Zappa performances with his longtime fans, as well as expanding his audience to give new fans the opportunity to share in that experience” adds Bruce Resnikoff, President and CEO, Universal Music Enterprises.

“We are thrilled to welcome such a monumental and important artist to our lineup of planned live music hologram productions,” said Jeff Pezzuti, CEO, Eyellusion. “Frank Zappa was an incredible musician, unmatched in his output, tackled so many different genres and influenced a generation of artists that would go on to help further shape rock and pop for decades to come. We are music lovers first and can’t wait to get to work on yet another show that lets fans experience such timeless and important music in a live concert setting.”

Stay tuned to Zappa.com for tour dates and further lineup announcements.

 

So what are you thoughts?  I never saw Zappa so part of me would like to see this for the entertainment factor of going especially with all the big name musicians that are going to be involved.  But the other part of me isn’t sure if I want my first Zappa live experience to be a hologram.  I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’d probably buy a ticket.  But having all these hologram concerts featuring artists of the past does raise the question.  Do you want to see these guys?  Want to go see Jimi Hendrix, or Stevie Ray Vaughn?  When you start to go down the list of the greats, it does sound like it would be some cool shows!  On a personal note!!!  Bring on Thing-Fish!!!

 

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Ibanez Announces Guitar Lineup Namm 2015

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

For Gearzombiee Namm is the event.  Like the superbowl of gear.  As a guitar player and an Ibanez fanboy it’s the first booth I want to hit when I get there, and then I hit it again like 30 times more over the next couple days.  The second booth??  Well since i’m a drummer also it’s the Tama booth, normally located right next to Ibanez.  So Hoshino is my day 1 Namm warm up.  So the musicradar.com post announcing the lineup for this years Namm show tickled me more than normal for one reason.  The Ibanez Jem 77P.

I have always wanted a blue floral but finding the original in any kind of shape has been tough.  And if you do find a decent one it’s the price of a nice used car!  If the musicradar.com post is correct it’s going to be a Jem Premium so the price wont be terrible.  And if you’ve played any of the premiums you know that they’re decent guitars.  Are they full blow Jem quality??  No.  Will you care???  No.  I think for the most part they’re killer guitars and for me a Jem while a beautiful guitar, the price to quality ratio isn’t there for me personally.

Musicradar posted 27 items in total, one of them being a mini tube screamer which was kinda cool.  But below are the guitars that grabbed my attention, please go to musicradar.com to check out the full listing!

 

 

 

Steve Vai and Morgan Rose, Clint and John in some music building fun!

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Pretty cool clip of Steve Vai building some song sections with the Sevendust dudes. To many cool people in one spot!!