Spirit of 66
The "One Size Fits All" US tour Part 2 through October 2013.
The incredible "One Size Fits All" tour will continue in the US this June following up on their acclaimed 2012 "Roxy And Elsewhere And More" tour of 14 concerts in 18 days in 7 European countries. The GrandMothers of Invention 2013 tour began in Europe and comes back to the US in June for more dates. In 2012, audiences in the United States and Europe were witness to the incredible performances of three former member of the Mothers of Invention. Do not miss the 2013 "One Size Fits All" tour, featuring pivotal musicians behind the Zappa legacy.
Musicians will include - NAPOLEON MURPHY BROCK (with the Mothers from 1974 -1984) on vocals, tenor saxophone. Also special musical guest - DON PRESTON (with the Mothers from 1966 -1974) on piano, keyboard synthesizers, electronics, magic, and vocals, along with CHRISTOPHER GARCIA on drums, percussion, marimba, and vocals, "Mad" MAX KUTNER on electric guitar, and DAVE JOHNSEN on bass!
(Please see our Tour Dates Page for a complete tour itinerary.)
2012 "Roxy And Elsewhere And More" Tour - Reviews and Feedback
"Of all the Zappa bands on the circuit these days, this one best embodies the spirit of the music, the wild sense of anarchy and absurdity that characterized the early albums in particular.
The solos and instrumental covers provided the most substantive music of the evening, but predictably, familiar favorites like Trouble Every Day, Peaches, and Sofa drew the most enthusiastic reactions from the predominantly older audience.
Give credit to this band for being generous, too. By the end of the show, Brock had acknowledged and/or thanked everybody from God down to the local sound and light crew. Its unlikely the Czechs knew what he was talking about when he said things like, Lets get down to it.
Are you up for that? But the lighting technician no doubt appreciated
this compliment: I cant pronounce your name, but youre the shit, dude.
And the ultimate tribute was paid properly, with the loudest and most sustained applause of the evening coming in response to Brock yelling, Lets hear it for Frank Zappa!
As the band was leaving the stage, he offered a great parting shot: Play this music for your children, so they know there is an alternative.
"Appropriate to Frank Zappa's highly complex works, of course the three aces will be accompanied by two disciples who are most accomplished musicians in their own rights. ROBBIE MANGANO is not just of Italian descent like Zappa but fills the enormous footsteps of the guitar playing FZ with virtuosity of the kind that makes for collective jaw-dropping amongst the sternest of critics.
And CHRIS GARCIA a) has got all the goods in his hands which his prominent predecessors had to deliver to become Frank's drummers. Plus b) in Garcia's throat there's an organ, which lets The GrandMothers of Invention perform even the songs which Captain Beefheart had once sung for Zappa.
Mind you, it's nothing but music of the great master that luckily will be brought back to the venues of this world. And when Napoleon Murphy Brock takes to supple dancing like in days long gone; when Don Preston recalls witty anecdotes or is suddenly standing by the edge of the stage to surprise the delighted audience with a crazy solo from his iPod - then it all amounts to musical theatre at it's best.
There's nothing closer to the original than this bunch!"
"Oh yeah! Yesterday in Leverkusen
I might have seen the best GrandMothers of all... times!
What a great show! Congratulations boyz!!!
People go to see them - it was a blast!"
of THE ARF SOCIETY and ZAPPANALE
"Come back to Berlin, guys, please!
"It was gorgeous! Thank you so much for the wonderful show in Salzwedel
(and the autographs on nearly all my Zappa-Records...).
Absolutely fantastic! And the Solo from Don Preston on his iPhone - great!!!"
"Thanx All of you GrandMothers! It was a golden FZ-night!
You put the spirit, soul and humor in the right place!
I remember Frank not only for the music but for his personality!
He was there in Copenhagen 9 feb. Thanks to you!
ZPZ is excellent but where is the deviance, the spirit and the excellence?
Thanks again! See you in this summer?"
"you guys are the GREATEST!
awesome gig tonight in leverkusen!
THANKS for keeping the ZAPPA spirit alive"
"The music of Frank Zappa is alive and well in the hands of the GrandMothers. Keep the spirit alive!"
"It was a great concert in Lubeck/Germany.
An unforgettable evening, with the feeling, that Frank is still living among us.
Thank you for the wonderful time and the wonderful music!
I hope to see you again soon :-)"