Those who expected just a canonical celebration of what was Frank Zappa were sorely mistaken. Certainly, his memory hovered inside the Mazdapalace for the entire duration (a good three hours) of the concert, but the intensity of such a show, combined with the charisma of the musicians on stage, made the Tour De Frank in Italy a real celebration of music with a capital M. It starts with a video of Frank, immortalised in the late 60s, brilliant as always. After 30 minutes the various protagonists of 'Zappa Plays Zappa' begin to take the stage. It's ovation for Dweezil and for Napoleonthe true star of the evening. The black singer/saxophonist is in enviable form. He sings and dances exactly as he did thirty years ago with incredible energy. The band - Joe Travers flawlessly filling in for Terry Bozzio behind the skins - is simply perfect and chews through the very difficult Zappian repertoire with ease. The audience goes wild and every song is greeted by an ovation. "Help I'm a Rock" opens the dance as the climax is reached with 'Yellow Snow' e 'Inca'. Just as they seem to have reached the climax of their emotional climax, a roadie prepares the unmistakable white Ibanez Jam. The audience realises that the moment of Steve Vai. "We have an Italian CHITARRISTA" announces Dweezil and the funambulist Zappa's pupil takes the stage to the applause and cheers of the fans. If possible, the show becomes even more exciting and the audience follows the last songs on their feet because, in front of a concert like this, it's only right... Standing Ovation!
The Milan setlist:
HELP I'M A ROCK
LET'S MAKE THE WATER
CITY OF TINY LIGHTS
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Tuareg guitarist and songwriter MDOU MOCTAR in Italy with his band to present his new album 'Funeral For Justice'!
The prodigious Tuareg guitarist and singer-songwriter Mdou Moctar, who has been reinvigorating contemporary Saharan music since 2008, arrives in Italy with the band that