Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
It was flashback time at The Egg recently, as we jumped into the Wayback Machine and set the dial for 1974, when the ever-irreverent Frank Zappa and his batch of Mothers unleashed their live, double-disc, gatefold album Roxy & Elsewhere.
But, of course, it wasn’t Frank in the spotlight at The Egg, but rather his son guitar-wielding Dweezil Zappa, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Roxy and carrying on the musical legacy of his dad.
In the past, Dweezil’s Zappa Plays Zappa touring tributes have often featured Napoleon Murphy Brock and/or Ray White, no Mothers alum were on board this time around. And Dweezil didn’t really need them, as he came armed with his own skilled (and, of course, slightly skewed) band – featuring vocalist-trombonist Ben Thomas, saxophonist-keyboardist Scheila Gonzales, keyboardist Chris Norton, bassist Kurt Morgan and drummer Ryan Brown.
And if you didn’t get enough of Dweezil’s guitar gymnastics at The Egg, he’s slated to make a return to Nippertown later this month as part of the all-star guitar shredding Experience Hendrix tribute concert at Albany’s Palace Theatre on Friday, March 28.