In August of 2002, legendary former members of
Frank Zappa's “The Mothers of Invention” were invited to perform the music of the MOTHERS OF INVENTION/FRANK ZAPPA at the Gewendhaus in Leipzig, Germany for a one time only performance.
It would be the first time that these esteemed
"Mothers of Invention” alumni would be getting together to rehearse and perform classic Frank Zappa material.
On March 27th 2003, after 6 months of intensive rehearsals in Los(t) Angeles and Hamburg, they took the stage to a standing room only audience. The event was recorded, filmed, and released by Warner Classics in Europe, and has been broadcast repeatedly on European television via the ARTE channel.
Due to overwhelming demand they have since performed more than 500 concert events where anything and everything can (and does) usually happen across America, Austraila, Canada and Europe, including performances in
Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Wales
Providing indisputable proof that
"THEY CAN (AND ARE) STILL
DOING THAT ON STAGE!"
ZAPPA ON BUNK AND DON
"Then we hired Don Preston, who plays keyboard instruments - electric piano, electric clavichord, etc. We also hired Bunk Gardner who plays several various horns. I had known Don Preston and Bunk Gardner several years before I met the other guys. We used to play experimental music a long time ago. We got together in garages and went through some very abstract charts and just entertained ourselves. Anyway, we finally had a very workable ensemble. The second album was recorded with those eight guys. We just added a trumpet, string quartet and contrabass clarinet on one song."
FRANK ZAPPA interview
12/22/66 by editor
of HIT PARADER magazine
The entire transcribed interview can be found here