Frank Zappa lives again… in hologram form.
Eyeillusion, the company that previously staged a tour around a holographic Ronnie James Dio, has now revealed details of “The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa.” The hologram tour kicks off with a nine-date US leg beginning in April before heading to the UK in May for further performances.
Hours of never-before-seen Zappa performance footage from the early seventies will serve as the basis of concert. This footage, locked away in the Zappa vaults for 44 years, will be juxtaposed with “outrageous visuals that offer a striking view into his complex musical works.”
Joining Zappa’s hologram on stage will be longtime Zappa players including Ray White, Mike Keneally, Scott Thunes, Robert Martin, and Joe “Vaultmeister” Travers.
In a statement, Zappa’s son, Ahmet, said his father was a “hologram enthusiast” prior to his death in 1993. “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 The Real Frank Zappa Book (1990) 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.”
Check out the preliminary touring schedule below. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 15th.
In related news, Zappa’s beloved double album, 1978’s Zappa in New York, is receiving a deluxe reissue for its 40th anniversary. The expanded box set, featuring more than three hours of unreleased live performances, will be available beginning March 29th. Pre-orders are ongoing here.
You can revisit Zappa in New York and the rest of the musician’s iconic catalog in the inaugural season of Discography. Listen to episode two below.
The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa 2019 Tour Dates:
04/19 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theater
04/20 – Rochester, NY @ Kodak Center Theater
04/22 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie
04/24 – Long Island, NY @ Paramount Theatre
04/26 – Boston, MA @ Shubert
04/28 – Albany, NY @ The Palace Theatre
05/01 – Wilkes Barre, PA @ Kirby Center
05/02 – Collingswood, NJ @ Scottish Rite Auditorium
05/03 – Baltimore, MD @ The Modell Lyric
05/09 – Edinburgh, UK @ Playhouse
05/11 – Gateshead, UK @ Sage
05/12 – Manchester, UK @ Bridgewater Hall
05/13 – Birmingham, UK @ Symphony Hall
05/14 – London, UK @ The Palladium
05/16 – Ostend, BE @ Kurssal
05/17 – Amsterdam, NL @ Rai Theater
07/11-14 – Cataluna, ES @ Doctor Music Festival