It was more than four years ago that Dweezil Zappa, the son of legendary rock genius Frank Zappa, put together a band (including a handful of his father’s former bandmates) under the banner, Zappa Plays Zappa.
That initial incarnation of Zappa Plays Zappa featured guitar god Steve Vai, drum monster Terry Bozzio and saxophonist Napoleon Murphy Brock, among others. By the time the band made its Nippertown concert debut at The Egg back in August 2008, vocalist Ray White was the only Zappa alum left in the fold.
Since then White has split, too, and on Thursday evening the sold-out crowd at The Egg’s Hart Theatre caught a sans-superstar version of the band, which has been re-named Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa. It didn’t matter. The younger recruits that Dweezil had enlisted were all quite capable of tackling the vast and very tricky musical repertoire left behind by Zappa the Elder.