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Senior Member
Username: crobbins

Post Number: 503
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Friday, December 04, 2009 - 11:46 am:   Edit Post

Advanced Member
Username: fmm

Post Number: 281
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, December 04, 2009 - 12:55 pm:   Edit Post

I've been listening to FZ all day. It scares my coworkers.
Username: dluxe

Post Number: 10
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Friday, December 04, 2009 - 3:59 pm:   Edit Post

Peaches En Regalia! I remember when I was 18 and my 70 year old Music Professor played the class Hot Rats for the first time.
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 555
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Friday, December 04, 2009 - 4:50 pm:   Edit Post

Hot Rats is my Favourite Zappa album.
Advanced Member
Username: 3rd_ray

Post Number: 218
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Friday, December 04, 2009 - 6:58 pm:   Edit Post

I read this interview the other day... I can't think of a better way to honor Frank than what his son is doing...
Advanced Member
Username: spose

Post Number: 281
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, December 05, 2009 - 9:30 am:   Edit Post


Joe's Garage should be taught in music school!

(Message edited by Spose on December 05, 2009)
Advanced Member
Username: jbybj

Post Number: 252
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Sunday, December 06, 2009 - 10:55 pm:   Edit Post

Trying to decide on a favorite Zappa album is like trying to choose your favorite Pie, there is no such thing as bad pie.

Frank Zappa and John Lennon are the ONLY celebrity deaths I have ever mourned. I was a mess for weeks when I heard the news.

(Message edited by jbybj on December 06, 2009)
Senior Member
Username: toma_hawk01

Post Number: 416
Registered: 9-2009
Posted on Monday, December 07, 2009 - 7:21 am:   Edit Post

I remember Summers in San Francisco, a cool Cat name: Ray White, (one the most serious member of Zappa's fantastic band -- played rhythm guitar, and Ray was very well known for his commanding singing voices of the band). Ray, would appear many times over my drummer's house with axe-in-hand, and jam with us.

I was only a 18 years old kid, with this baddass Alembic S1 that was very commanding even with Ray.

In those days, the song: "You are what you is" was scoring huge with audiences world-wide; and then the song: "Valley Girl" took them to the moon. Those were some wild times for Ray in deed.

Anyway, since we all lived close by each other, Ray would always come over unannounced, and the three of us would play for hours and rap about his big adventures with Frank Zappa and everything else with music.

Ray's visits, was and will always be a memorable experience, and deep down, I believe he came over to to get away from the lime lights of fame and money, and cars, homes and crap to humble down with people, who didn't see him as a member of a famous band nor cared about the junk. With Ray, we all were able to take off the mask, and "draw-down" our defenses. Of course with me as this skinny college kid playing this baddass Alembic, and a drummer who worked for a major electric utility company, didn't have nearly the problems of Ray.

However, whenever we got together, we were able to find peace, and an oasis from the world.

Those were some beautiful days in San Francisco, once upon a time...

(Message edited by toma_hawk01 on December 07, 2009)
Senior Member
Username: toma_hawk01

Post Number: 417
Registered: 9-2009
Posted on Monday, December 07, 2009 - 2:26 pm:   Edit Post

Unfortunately, everything came to a stream screeching halt, after I received a call from my drummers Mother, my best friend (her only son) past away to join our Creator.

It was a life changing situation for me musically and I abandoned my bass and later sold everything shortly afterward. The 80's was an interesting period in deed.
Advanced Member
Username: spose

Post Number: 284
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, December 09, 2009 - 9:27 am:   Edit Post

I love that story!
I have the pleasure of knowing Mr.Ike Willis. When he comes to town to play with his band the pojama people I will hang with Ike and the band. I tech'd his rig last time they were in town. We sang Sy Borg together! what a trip!
Username: jakebass

Post Number: 96
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Wednesday, December 09, 2009 - 6:30 pm:   Edit Post

spose, I too know Ike. I was lucky enough to tour Europe with him in early '94. We had 3 months on the road and 2 weeks in the studio with him. Happy times... just a few years earlier I had been along to see the 'best band' tour of '88. I was a big Zappa fan as a kid (and still am now) so it was absolutely magical for me to go from listening to Ike, to playing with him in a few short years. I also did a commemorative project in Belgium premiering some new works in a tribute to Frank, it was a full concert orchestra and 9 piece rock band, on keys/vocals was one Robert Martin also of the Zappa alumni.
I was one lucky guy...
If you see Ike say hello from Jake in the UK
Senior Member
Username: toma_hawk01

Post Number: 436
Registered: 9-2009
Posted on Wednesday, December 09, 2009 - 6:52 pm:   Edit Post

It's a small world (after all).

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