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Blitzo

Social climber
Earth
Aug 31, 2006 - 11:34pm PT
Yep, saw the Dead with Pig Pen a few times. He was usually drunk. Saw them one time with Janis Joplin, she was really drunk too! She kinda sucked! Even with all the acid!
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Sep 1, 2006 - 12:42am PT
Saw The Who at Winterland in 1976 (with Keith Moon)... Billy Graham lotteried off the tickets and we (Debbie and I) won a pair. A very cool concert with my ears buzzing for days.

If you're into Janis, The Dead, etc, get the "Festival Express" DVD, it'll take you back to the past faster than clicking on the Mussy 'Neb' threads.
Blitzo

Social climber
Earth
Sep 1, 2006 - 10:12am PT
Billy Graham, the avangelist?
I thought that he said Rock Music is Satanic!
Gary

climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Sep 1, 2006 - 10:25am PT
Overnight Sensation was a huge dissapointment for me. It was the beginning of a long downhill slide, IMHO.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Sep 1, 2006 - 10:58am PT
perhaps the SF Bill Graham reference is too local... but then, us NoCal, Bay Area folk are probably guilty of our insular thinking
Blitzo

Social climber
Earth
Sep 1, 2006 - 11:09am PT
Bill Graham Productions are nation wide.
You said Billy Graham!
I was just kidding around.
I remember Bill always coming out on stage and warning the kids about the "bad acid" going around.
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Sep 1, 2006 - 12:49pm PT
Ever see the Dead new years tape where Bill G apparently Did get the bad (good?) 'cid? He babbeled inanely on camera inducing Ken Kesey & Guido Sartucci, of all people, to try to cover for him; now that was theatre!
Mimi

climber
Sep 29, 2006 - 11:53pm PT
This tour should be entertaining.

http://www.hob.com/tickets/searchresults.asp?artist=zappa

http://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/1017931
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Sep 29, 2006 - 11:55pm PT
wow Mimi, FZ's "Mud Shark" just went by on my iTunes random sample.... must be something in the aether!
Mimi

climber
Sep 30, 2006 - 12:00am PT
The Mud Shark, eh? A dance of unbridled passion...

Due to extenuating circumstances, I'm hoping to make both the NO and Seattle shows. Can't wait!
Blitzo

Social climber
Earth
Sep 30, 2006 - 01:16am PT
The Mud Shark! I named a route after that, at Lower Cascade Falls.

Mud Sh-sh-shark
THE MUD SHARK DANCING LESSON!
Mud Sh-sh-shark
We're gonna do a little dancing,
A little dancing thing called the Mud Shark
Now, this dance started up in Seattle
Lemme tell you 'bout the Mud Shark...
The origins of the Mud Shark are as follows: There's a motel in Seattle, Washington called the Edgewater Inn. The Edgewater Inn's built on a pier.. so that means that when you look out your window you don't see any dirt -- it's got a bay or something out in your backyard,,, And to make it even more interesting, in the lobby of the aforementioned motel there's a bait and tackle shop where the residents can go down whenever they want to, and rent a fishing pole and some preserved minnows and schlep back up to their rooms, open the window, stick their little pole outside and within a few minutes actually catch a fish of some sort that they can bring into their motel room and do whatever they want with it... you know what I mean? Now in this bay there's quite a variety of ah... fish! Not only do they have mud sharks up there, they got little octopusses that you can catch. And all these denizens of the deep can come in real handy... Let's say you were a travelling Rock and Roll band called the Vanilla Fudge. Let's
say one night you checked into the Edgewater Inn Motel with a 8mm movie camera, enough money to rent a pole, and just to make it more interesting -- a succulent young lady (Mnaaaah!) with a taste for the bizarre... My mind drifts back to a meeting, a chance meeting in the Chicago O'Hare Airport where the members of the Vanilla Fudge told Don Preston about a home movie they made at the Edgewater Inn with a Mud Shark. I'm gonna tell you, this dance, the Mud Shark, is sweeping the ocean!...
Out
You go out
So far out
You do the Mud Shark. baby ... etc



Mimi

climber
Dec 23, 2006 - 01:15pm PT
Saw Dweezil Zappa on the Zappa Plays Zappa Tour last night. Unbelievable 3-hour show! He's doing a superb job playing Frank's music. Saw Frank only once for the You Are What You Is Tour with Steve Vai and I'll never forget it.

Last night's show included Steve Vai and Terry Bozzio who were beyond great. Napoleon Murphy Brock was hilarious. Hadn't seen Bozzio or NMB before; amazing performers. All of the other musicians were excellent. They made a DVD of the show. Should be a good one. Talk about adoring fans. I got choked up at one point it was so good.

Dweezil says they're going to be touring annually. I'll be there!

One more show on Dec. 30th in Cabazon, Key Club at Morongo, for you Californians. I looked and there are tickets still available.

Don't miss this show if you're in the area!
mojede

Trad climber
Butte, America
Dec 23, 2006 - 11:40pm PT
For the "facts" on the Mudshark incident, read Hammer of the Gods about the mighty Led Zep. Yeah, Vanilla Fudge was there and was involved, but supposedly it was a Red Snapper they caught and hung in the closets and "used" on a redhaired groupie hanging out in Bonzo's room. Something was said like, "Looks like we've got a red snapper in her red snapper." Great Urban rock-n-roll legend though.
oldtopangalizard

Social climber
ca
Dec 25, 2006 - 06:59am PT
A friend from Portland saw the show and said it was great. I saw the posting in SF, but did not go a few weeks back. We used to see Frank play in Socal quite a bit. I have many Zappa stories, but I'll tell you one of disappointment.
One year I had great seats to see Frank on New Years Eve in Long Beach. Some time around '77 - '79. I was pumped but had a domestic problem. My girlfriend at the time hated Zappa. She never went to a Zappa show with me, but heard the music more than she would have liked. She didn't want to go, and wanted to attend her girlfriend's party. As Frank would say, "Chivalry is not dead, it just smells funny". Though given the out, I couldn't leave her on New Years. I gave the tickets to my brother.
Now Frank was notorious for playing short sets, whether planned or due to tempermental changes. I once saw him play for 75 minutes. The party was 50 minutes from Long Beach.
Needless to say the party was boring, but I made the most of it. Well sure enough, my brother rolls in to the party with about 15 minutes to midnight. he said the show was great but horribly foreshortened.
I got over it, but looking back, it was one of the bigger regrets of that relationship. That and bailing on The Grand in '78 because she was scared. She was not much of a climber, but a solid backpacker, plus she put up with my dirtbag sh#t for years.
Gary

climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Dec 26, 2006 - 12:45am PT
Guess I was lucky to see FZ do a fairly long show. It was at Roberts Municipal Stadium in Evansville in the late '70s. Some generic boogie band was the opening act. After they finished, everyone left except for about 500 of us.

The stage was dark, then suddenly a lonesome wailing sax...a spot lights up on Captain Beefheart wearing a yellow and black rugby shirt. Walking around stage with a silver soprano sax looking like a bebop bumblebee.

It was mesmerizing. It was the highlight of the night. Most of the rest of the show consisited of Frank bitching about the acoustics.
hossjulia

Trad climber
Eastside
Dec 26, 2006 - 11:26am PT
My own Zappa story has nothing to do with his "music", which I find hard to listen to. Love his lyrics and satire, just not the tunes. (My Dad thought he was a genius, and I do to.)

Anyway, I was at a party in DT SD when I was way too young to be at such affairs. It was getting larger as the night wore on, and the guy I was with was like, "Oh my God, look who just walked in!" I had no idea who he was talking about, but I knew my folks had just gone to his show, maybe that night. Uhhu, Zappa himself graced our presence. Then he sat in a chair and didn't say a word, as far as I saw, for the rest of the night.

End of boring story.
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Dec 26, 2006 - 04:15pm PT
"I'll ignore your cheap aroma and your little bo peep diploma

Just put me in a coma with your dirty luv..."

Always wanted to try that line...
Mimi

climber
Nov 21, 2007 - 11:27pm PT
Saw the Zappa Plays Zappa show again Monday. Same core band with Ray White singing and no Bozzio or Vai. Nearly 3 hours. Virtually ditto from my post last year with no repeats and he added three high quality films of Frank playing which were really fun to watch.

If you can catch a show, don't miss it. The kid can really play and he obviously enjoys playing his dad's music.
nature

climber
Flagstaff, AZ
Nov 21, 2007 - 11:49pm PT
There's a big difference between kneeling down and bending over....


Some people... some people like cupcakes exclusively, while myself, I say
There is naught nor ought there be nothing so exalted on the face of gods grey
Earth as that prince of foods... the muffin!
Mimi

climber
Nov 21, 2007 - 11:53pm PT
Great song. He ended the show with Muffin Man.
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