The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa tour, which will pair a hologram of the late iconic musician with a band featuring some of his former collaborators, has announced the initial North American dates of the outing, which will kick off on April 19 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY.
The tour, whose East Coast stint will also feature stops in Boston, Albany, Baltimore and more, will offer a performance based on the audio from a batch of performances Zappa played at a Los Angeles rehearsal space in 1974. Included in the touring band will be guitarists Ray White and Mike Keneally, bassist Scott Thunes, multi-instrumentalist Robert Martin, percussionist Ed Mann and drummer Joe “Vaultmeister” Travers, the Zappa vault archivist.
“We’re excited to world premiere a handful of Frank Zappa compositions; these mind-melting concerts we’re putting together celebrate the music, often surreal imagery and humour synonymous with Frank,” says Ahmet Zappa, co-trustee of the Zappa Family Trust. “We will be pushing the limits of what anyone has seen holographically on stage before in a live venue. Circumstances, objects, places and subject matter from Frank’s songs and imagination will be brought to life for the first time on stage. We are anthropomorphizing Frank’s music utilizing various visual techniques, art styles, classic imagery from his album artwork and characters from his songs, culminating in one extremely bizarre, live music experience.”
Tickets for the North American dates go on sale this Friday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m. ET, with a VIP pre-sale beginning Feb. 13. See the full schedule and European dates below. More information can be found at Zappa’s website.
Bizarre World of Frank Zappa Tour Dates
April 19 Port Chester, NY—Capitol Theater
April 20 Rochester, NY—Kodak Center Theater
April 22 Red Bank, NJ—Count Basie
April 24 Long Island, NY—Paramount Theatre
April 26 Boston, MA—Shubert
April 28 Albany, NY—The Palace Theatre
May 1 Wilkes Barre, PA—Kirby Center
May 2 Collingswood, NJ—Scottish Rite Auditorium
May 3 Baltimore, MD—The Modell Lyric
May 9 Edinburgh, UK—Playhouse
May 11 Gateshead, UK—Sage
May 12 Manchester, UK—Bridgewater Hall
May 13 Birmingham, UK—Symphony Hall
May 14 London, UK—The Palladium
May 16 Ostend, Belgium—Kurssal
May 17 Amsterdam, Netherlands—Rai Theater