Zappa Plays Zappa
Royal Concert Hall
Audience recording

Recording info: Church Audio CA11 Cardoids -> CA9100 Pre-amp -> Edirol R09 (Hydra cabling)

Transfer info: Audition (fades->light EQ->+6db->24/48->16/44) -> CDWave (track splitting) -> TLH (flac level 8)

Taped and transferred by jamroom - JAM128

01 [01:17] Intro
02 [10:35] Big Swifty
03 [07:14] Montana
04 [07:38] Easy Meat
05 [02:21] Daddy Daddy Daddy
06 [05:41] What Kind of Girl Do You Think We Are?
07 [01:57] T'Mershi Duween
08 [12:55] Inca Roads
09 [06:41] Blessed Relief
10 [01:03] Zappa's timeless music
11 [11:50] Advance Romance
12 [05:58] The Blue Light
13 [06:47] Pick Me, I'm Clean
14 [01:31] Eruption
15 [04:45] Little House I Used To Live In
16 [03:44] Willie The Pimp Part One
17 [02:12] Drum Solo
18 [05:17] Apostrophe [including bass solo]
19 [02:50] Lonely Little Girl
20 [06:26] City Of Tiny Lites
21 [04:50] Echidna's Arf (Of You)
22 [04:11] Wild Love
23 [10:43] Yo Mama
24 [01:54] Encore applause
25 [09:00] Florentine Pogen
26 [03:16] Peaches En Regalia
27 [06:15] Keep It Greasy

Total [149:06]

Band members:

Dweezil Zappa - Guitar, vocals
Scheila Gonzalez - Saxophones, flute, keyboards, vocals
Pete Griffin - Bass, vocals
Billy Hulting: Percussion, vocals
Jamie Kime: Guitar, vocals
Joe Travers: Drums, Vocals
Ben Thomas: Trumpet, harmonica, vocals
Chris Norton: Keyboards, vocals

Gig Notes:

I was a fan of Frank's music, especially in the 80s, but never managed to catch him live. I decided to take this opportunity to at least listen to his music live, even if he was no longer there. Glad I did, because I thought Dweezil and the whole band were superb.

The RCH is a bit of a "posh" venue, with seats and all, so DZ was wondering if the crowd would be subdued by it. Truth is, though it would have been better to have been on our feet and dancing around, the crowd certainly enjoyed the show - especially the gal who treated the band to a glimpse of her breasts! I'm sure Frank would have laughed too. The place wasn't packed at the beginning, but I suspect the early start confused a few folks, plus caused chaos for those with a distance to travel.

Though I'm a fan, they played a fair few unfamiliar (to me) songs, but with 150 minutes to play, there was plenty of great stuff to choose from. Too many highlights pick much out, but Track 14 was DZ's response to a crowd comment and he blazed his way through the opening bars of Eddie Van Halen's Eruption, whilst managing to look like he was just noodling his way through a simple riff. There were also some ad-libbed sections in The Blue Light referring variously to Loch Ness, Haggis, Billy Connolly, and much else, so very country / venue-centric!

All in all, a great show and as far as I am concerned, justice was done to the great man's music by all. Roll on the next tour?

Recording notes and sound quality:

I was seated roughly about the centre of the stalls, so about 50 feet back from the stage, dfc. Apart from a couple of tossers behind me who liked to talk during some of the songs (thankfully cardoid mics don't pick up stuff behind you very well), there is just the usual cheering between songs and after lead breaks.

Due to low-pro conditions, I set the volume conservatively low and left it. Therefore, I had to increase the overall volume by +6db in post. The only other thing I bothered to do was to compress some of the applause (no music playing), in order to boost the volume.

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