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[*] posted on 25-3-2008 at 09:48
The Badchild Zappa Stories


Ok here is where i get to tell you about my Zappa .

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In 1983 i wrote a letter to Frank Zappa C/O Glozter Management wherein i asked if there was any remote chance of seeing FZ in concert in my neck of the woods (which was the East Coast of Canada). I did not get a reply but did get a catalogue and a tour sheet. And lo and behold there was a concert due in Halifax Nova Scotia....a mere 200km from my home. Of course i was in awe and felt that this concert was because of my letter (how naive can you get). It was of course a great show even though the acoustics in the hockey rink were dismal.
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[*] posted on 25-3-2008 at 14:39


How old were you at the time Badchild? Didn't Frank once say something about the acoustics in a hockey room, something about having a lot of air to move around or something?



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[*] posted on 25-3-2008 at 18:00


For a Dutchie like me, when 200 km is the other side of the country, it's odd to hear the word "mere" right before 200 km. But anything for Zappa!



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[*] posted on 25-3-2008 at 21:07


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For a Dutchie like me, when 200 km is the other side of the country, it's odd to hear the word "mere" right before 200 km. But anything for Zappa!

When driving from Sydney to Adelaide, Goulburn is the first major milestone at 200km with still another 1250km to go. We used to do that drive, and back again after 2 weeks, once every year before finally moving back to Adelaide.




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[*] posted on 26-3-2008 at 08:19


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How old were you at the time Badchild? Didn't Frank once say something about the acoustics in a hockey room, something about having a lot of air to move around or something?


I was 20/21 i guess. And yes he made many references to playing in big rooms. But beleive me he had the PA system (at least the times i saw him) to move alot of air around.
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[*] posted on 26-3-2008 at 08:37


which brings us to story number two. BBP if you thought 200 km was a long drive....

Post 2 Pt 1-
Montreal Forum November 1982.

In the fall of 1982 a good friend of mine from Montreal called to say Zappa was playing the Forum and did i want tickets ??? Foolish question to say the least. The concert was in november on a Saturday night. I had him pick up six tickets. He spent six hours in a lineup to get them...

During the week prior to the concert i was in FZ mode and talked about and played his music all the time. So we're at our local bar on thursday night and there are a bunch of us at our table and i say. "Ok people, I got five tickets to see Zappa on Saturday night in Montreal, who is coming with me?" While they're saying "Yeah sure! you've got tickets right!" I whip them out and lay them on the table. It took them a while to catch their breaths as they laid their eyes on these "Tokens of Extreme pleasure". Then all hands went for the grab....

The next night (friday, for those keeping up), we packed up my 1978 Toyota station wagon and managed to leave Moncton at 1 am. The drive to Montreal last 12 hours (about 1200 km back then). We drove almost non stop exept for a couple of pit stops and arrived at noon (we cross one time zone on the way) on saturday. Nobody slept and we listened to FZ the whole way nothing but. I will not dwelve here on the controled substances used....

pt 2 (coming soon)

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[*] posted on 26-3-2008 at 11:49


As long as they were controlled substances ;-) Looking forward to part 2.



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[*] posted on 26-3-2008 at 11:53


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For a Dutchie like me, when 200 km is the other side of the country, it's odd to hear the word "mere" right before 200 km. But anything for Zappa!


It must be nice knowing that you could throw a rock into another country if you wanted to. You can't drive or cycle or walk over any national borders here, unless you want to end up in the sea.




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[*] posted on 26-3-2008 at 15:55


It's great! An hour of bicycling gets you in Belgium!
Once, on holiday, at the end of our stay in the Provence, Dad drove all the way from Aix-en-Provence to home. Some 800 km, he took all night and we ended up stopping at every gas station. Must've been exhausting for him...

Anyways: you did swap drivers, didn't you Badchild?

I'm very curious at part 2!! :roll: (taps feet in excitement)




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[*] posted on 28-3-2008 at 14:18


oK upon further memory research. it turns out that it was 1981 and not 82. Yeah we had three drivers for the trip. But in order to get six people in my Toyota station wagon, someone had to lay down in the back part of the car.....

coming soon....the drive up.....snowstorm in november...the big truck incident.
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For a Dutchie like me, when 200 km is the other side of the country, it's odd to hear the word "mere" right before 200 km. But anything for Zappa!

When driving from Sydney to Adelaide, Goulburn is the first major milestone at 200km with still another 1250km to go. We used to do that drive, and back again after 2 weeks, once every year before finally moving back to Adelaide.


How did you cope with the latest heat wave Poly? We had a slightly shorter one here in Melbourne. It was goddamn awful.





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Originally posted by scallopino: How did you cope with the latest heat wave Poly? We had a slightly shorter one here in Melbourne. It was goddamn awful.

We had the air conditioner going almost constantly - I'm not looking forward to the electricity bill - and we didn't go out much. I managed the odd game of golf with my boys because the three par course we play on has masses of really big trees and we went late in the afternoon to take advantage of the shade.




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[*] posted on 29-3-2008 at 03:10


It's funny how when it's 27 degrees outside you don't usually say: "Fuck, it's sooo hot!". But at night that temperature becomes almost unbearable.



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Pt. 2- Six for the show

We arrived in Montreal at noon and after a club sandwich and a beer or three, we all went to sleep. Came to a couple of hours later and went into Zappa mode for good. Although it was cold as fuck in Montreal we were all overheated with exitement. Did a good bar crawl in downtown until about a half hour before the show. There were thousands of people lingering around the Forum with lots of hats and banners and such.

Went in, found our seats (forth row center!:shocked:) and the party started. The band came out, tuned up and then there he was, Frank Zappa. He said how thrilled he was to be back in Montreal and then launched the band into Chunga’s Revenge.

The forum was pretty packed probly about 9 or 10 k people. But the fucking sound was awesome. I remember looking up at the PA speakers which were huge and counting them...there were 24 cabinets about 1m by 3m each.

Steve Vai was stunt guitarist and i was listening to his playing and it was quite loud, as was the whole band, and getting louder as they made ready for the solo. Then Frank made a head gesture to the side of the stage and J. Smothers (a scary looking guy to say the least) came over with a stratocaster and gave it to FZ. The hair on the back of my neck was starting to stand straight out in anticipation for this solo from one of my favorite tunes, but what happened next just about made me die.

When FZ hit the first note of the solo, it was so fucking loud and in your face, i’m sure that if you had been on stage just then and could see the audience, you’d have seen 10 000 heads jerk back in unison. I mean, we are talking Major Decibels coming at you from everywhere. I glanced over to one of my friends, who had never been to a fz concert before. He had his jaw hanging down below his navel and his eyes bugged out. It was just Pure Bliss. The rest of the show is mostly a blur, but i do remember him playing a lot of stuff from the You are What You Is album with special treatment of Dumb all over. And also The Black Page..And also being totally amazed (ie: in awe) of what Steve Vai could do with a stratocaster....

But i will never ever forget the force of that guitar solo, to this day 27 years later, i still get goosebumps when i hear that tune.
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[*] posted on 1-4-2008 at 17:01


Whoo! Great seats! Great solos!
...Ahh... I'm feeling now that I've been born ten years too late...




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[*] posted on 2-4-2008 at 03:00


yes!
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[*] posted on 3-4-2008 at 10:54


I know what you mean Bonny. :umm:

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Pt. 2- Six for the show

We arrived in Montreal at noon and after a club sandwich and a beer or three, we all went to sleep. Came to a couple of hours later and went into Zappa mode for good. Although it was cold as fuck in Montreal we were all overheated with exitement. Did a good bar crawl in downtown until about a half hour before the show. There were thousands of people lingering around the Forum with lots of hats and banners and such.

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The forum was pretty packed probly about 9 or 10 k people. But the fucking sound was awesome. I remember looking up at the PA speakers which were huge and counting them...there were 24 cabinets about 1m by 3m each.

Steve Vai was stunt guitarist and i was listening to his playing and it was quite loud, as was the whole band, and getting louder as they made ready for the solo. Then Frank made a head gesture to the side of the stage and J. Smothers (a scary looking guy to say the least) came over with a stratocaster and gave it to FZ. The hair on the back of my neck was starting to stand straight out in anticipation for this solo from one of my favorite tunes, but what happened next just about made me die.

When FZ hit the first note of the solo, it was so fucking loud and in your face, i’m sure that if you had been on stage just then and could see the audience, you’d have seen 10 000 heads jerk back in unison. I mean, we are talking Major Decibels coming at you from everywhere. I glanced over to one of my friends, who had never been to a fz concert before. He had his jaw hanging down below his navel and his eyes bugged out. It was just Pure Bliss. The rest of the show is mostly a blur, but i do remember him playing a lot of stuff from the You are What You Is album with special treatment of Dumb all over. And also The Black Page..And also being totally amazed (ie: in awe) of what Steve Vai could do with a stratocaster....

But i will never ever forget the force of that guitar solo, to this day 27 years later, i still get goosebumps when i hear that tune.


I've seen that a few times in the dvds and videos. One of the best is on City Of Tiny Lights on the Baby Snakes film. Another one I can remember is on some youtube video with Vai, who's wearing this stupid leopard print leotard thng. And he plays a solo which so technically brilliant that you wonder if Frank could get close to it. But Frank comes in and is about 8 times louder and wins the day by force alone. I think it was on Stevie's Spanking.

Ironically, Vai did the same thing to Dweezil when I saw ZPZ last November.




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[*] posted on 7-4-2008 at 13:01


coming soon....the (let me take you to the beach) drive back.
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[*] posted on 8-4-2008 at 11:29


Hahaha. Look forward to it.



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[*] posted on 3-7-2008 at 08:30


No no it's not the second part sorry.....

It's not that i forgot.....i just dont have much time these days.....in france you do get a lot of vacation time, but in between you got to work double time.
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