Frank Zappa hologram tour to hit North America and Europe this spring

Rock legend Frank Zappa is coming back from the dead for a hologram tour of North America and Europe.
The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa will kick off in April (19) with a show in Port Chester, New York.
The late star’s son, Ahmet Zappa, confirmed the news on Monday (11Feb19) in a statement, which reads: “We’re excited to world premiere a handful of Frank Zappa compositions; these mind-melting concerts we’re putting together celebrate the music, often surreal imagery and humour synonymous with Frank.”
The tour will feature “a who’s who of Zappa fan favourite musicians”, including guitarists Ray White and Mike Keneally, bassist Scott Thunes, multi-instrumentalist Robert Martin, percussionist Ed Mann, and drummer Joe Travers.
Following nine U.S. shows, the trek will head to Europe for a further seven concerts in May. Additional dates will be announced in the coming months.
A spokesperson for the ambitious tour, which follows the success of hologram dates based around the music of Ronnie James Dio and Roy Orbison, reads: “In 1974, Frank Zappa transformed his Los Angeles rehearsal space into a sound stage and cranked out some unbelievable performances seen and heard only by the camera operators in the room.
“The audio from these performances, locked away in the Zappa vaults for 44 years, will serve as the basis for what will be the world’s most ambitious hologram tour to date.”
The show has been produced in co-operation with the Zappa Family Trust.
“As a futurist, and hologram enthusiast, Frank fearlessly broke through boundary after boundary as an artist and, in honouring his indomitable spirit, we’re about to do it again, 25 years after his passing,” Ahmet adds.
“We will be pushing the limits of what anyone has seen holographically on stage before in a live venue. Circumstances, objects, places and subject matter from Frank’s songs and imagination will be brought to life for the first time on stage.”