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17th August 2017

dweezil zappa

Frank Zappa's son, Dweezil, and his band are to play five dates in the UK in October. The set will be made up of their favourite tracks from Zappa senior's extensive back catalogue and the tour happens fifty years after the first Mothers Of Invention album, 'Freak Out', was released.

Exposed to the music industry from an early age, Dweezil Zappa developed a strong affinity for playing the guitar abd producing music. Able to learn from world-class guitarists such as Steve Vai and Eddie Van Halen, Dweezil quickly developed into a musical star in his own right, releasing his first single (produced by Eddie Van Halen, at the age of twelve.

Since 2006, Dweezil put his own original music on hold, assembling a virtuoso band of musicians, and devoted himself to performing the music of Frank Zappa extensively at venues across the world.

In 2009 they were awarded a Grammy for best rock instrumental performance for their version of 'Peaches en Regalia' and were nominated again in the same category for their performance of 'The Deathless Horsie'.

Now you can see Dweezil and his band bringing his father's musical legacy to life on stage, fifty years since The Mothers Of Invention first toured the UK.

Sunday 8th October: Gateshead, The Sage
Monday 9th October: Salford, The Lowry
Tuesday 10th October: London, Royal Festival Hall
Thursday 12th October: Birmingham, Town Hall
Friday 13th October: Bexhill, De La Warr Pavilion

Tickets are available right here.

judas priest


monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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