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Paul Greens RockAcademy (US) feat. Denny Walley & Ike Willis

Paul Green is a musician, control freak, and founder of school of Rock and PGRA.

In 2009 Green sold the School of Rock to the parent company of the Sylvan Learning Center. He says he got “seven figures” for the School of Rock franchise, which today has more than 100 branches across the country.

That money may run out, but the passion that fueled him never died. So, determined to teach all he’d learned about music, and the business of it, he decided to open a college of rock: The Paul Green Rock Academy.

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Denny Walley

He has been acquainted with Frank Zappa since childhood. Back then he was friends with Frank's brother Bobby and sometimes they listened to the band rehearsals. He has also known Don Van Vliet and Jim Sherwood since then. He started his own musical development in the early 70's at Geronimo Black, the formation of ex Mothers Jimmy Carl Black, Don Preston, Bunk Gardner and Ray Collins. Evidence of this collaboration, which existed for two years, is the only album Geronimo Black from 1972. In 2008 a compilation named Welcome Back with demos, studio and live recordings has been made available via download.

In 1975 he joined Frank Zappa and the Mothers as guitarist on the Bongo-Fury-Tour. His old mate Don Van Vliet, by now Captain Beefheart, was very impressed with Denny's singing and guitar play and so he asked him if he would like to accompany him on his tour in the US and Europe. This was the beginning of a two years lasting liaison, and unfortunately only very few material exists from this time. Merely the track „Hoboism“ and the original recordings of „Bat Chain Puller“ bear testimony to the Blues which Denny brought into the Magic Band.

In the fall of 1978 and spring of 1979 he toured again twice with Zappa. Furthermore he participated in the recordings of Joe´s Garage and You Are What You Is and he can be heard on the album Tinseltown Rebellion and other live compilations.

After Zappa's much too early death Walley continued to play music. With several formations (Mats & Morgan amongst others) he made Zappa's work living on. In 1997 his CD Spare Parts was published, and besides Suicide Chump and Bamboozled By Love he recorded also pieces from other interpreters which have had influence on him. This CD is considered an outstanding Blues release.

Besides music Walley occupies himself with carving and sculptures. For the township Rabbittown he created a huge rabbit monument. He also manufactured a dinosaur with a height of seven meters for Six Flags-Colonial Williamsburg. A flying saucer in fiberglass technic by order of Coca Cola is in planning stage.

This year he will accompany The Muffin Men with his slideguitar and – knowing Denny – he won't leave it at that.

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Ike Willis & Zappatika feat. Denny Walley, Ed Mann, Jeff Hollie ...

"Since we first played with IKE WILLIS, at Zappanale in 2010, a lot happened with ZAPPATiKA. We changed various band members, we played lots of different shows all over Europe, and, of course, we learned a huge amount from wonderful musicians like Ike Willis and Jeff Hollie. We are so happy that we can now bring this very special "Joe's garage" show to Bad Doberan and that this show will bring Ike Willis, Ed Mann, Denny Walley, Jeff Hollie, Craig "Twister" Steward and maybe even more alumni from that album all on stage together! It will be a joy for the fans to hear those songs with the original Sax, Harmonica, Slide Guitar and, of course, the voice of Joe - Mr. Ike Willis !"

Zap Mcinnes (ZAPPATiKA)

 

music 4 the mindful minority!

By the end of the 90's ZAPPATiKA was founded by the Celt Mcinnes (vocals, guitar) and the Dutch-Indonesian Batta-Tutti (drums) with the objective of giving themselves over to Frank Zappa's music. It is rumored that when they were listening to some Zappa pieces, in a small room with several electric instruments as well with some bottles of wine and strange green cigarettes, they took their instruments and started playing zappaesque nonsense. 

In the first instance they recruited the rhythm guitar player and singer Zomby Woof and percussionist and singer Bongo Fury. Later bassist The Kid and keyboarder Doctor Lau joined in.

Meanwhile they became a fantastic live band, performing on European festival stages with an extensive repertoire of Zappa titles and a lot of own compositions. Although their show is peppered with some strange and funny moments (wait and see!) they don't get lost in fooling about.  In fact their respectable claim can be seen especially in the complex and excessive instrumental passages.

But all in all interpretations of Uncle Frankie's works are always disputatious. When modern samples and dance rhythms are linked with disco-like bass play and fat beats it can be a cultural shock. But that's nothing unusual for Zappanale, hm?

Line-Up:
BATTATUTTI: the drums
ZAP MCiNNES: lead guitar and lead vocals
ZOMBY WOOF: guitar and backing vocals
BONGO FURY: percussion-xylophone, synths and sings quite a bit too
FRED HÄNDL: piano
JOEP: bass

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