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Ike Willis

Ende der 70er war Zappa auf der Suche nach einem zweiten Frontmann. Es sollte zwar jemand sein mit dem Talent und der Bühnenpräsenz eines Napoleon Murphy Brock aber wiederum doch etwas ganz anderes. Auf jeden Fall sollte er die wesentlichen Gesangsparts übernehmen, von denen er sich zurücknehmen wollte.


1977 lernte der Sänger und Gitarrist Frank Zappa bei einem Konzert im Backstagebereich kennen. Zappa engagierte ihn und so war er seit der 78er Herbsttour (mit Ausnahme der Tourneen 1981 und 1982) festes Bandmitglied bis 1988. In dieser Zeit entstanden mit seiner unverwechselbaren, ausdrucksvollen Stimme so prägnante Alben wie Joe´s Garage, Thing-Fish, Tinseltown Rebellion und You Are What You Is.


Auf Joe´s Garage ist er zunächst „nur“ als Sänger zu hören, erst bei den darauffolgenden Alben auch als Gitarrist. Welcher von all den Songs, die er im Laufe der Jahre sang ihn am meisten beeindruckte oder der komplizierteste war, kann er im Nachhinein beim besten Willen nicht sagen. Alle sind auf ihre eigene Weise zu unterschiedlich und fallen in zu verschiedene Kategorien, als dass er sich da festlegen könnte.


Ike Willis ist derjenige, der am längsten in Zappa´s stets wechselnden Bandbesetzungen vertreten war. Ike hatte den Eindruck, dass Zappa zu der Zeit, als er ihn kennenlernte, trotz seiner enormen Produktivität irgendwie der Spaß an der Sache abhanden gekommen war. Das änderte sich zum Glück von Album zu Album und Zappa fand zu seinem Motto "The stupider it is, the better we like it!" zurück.

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Paul Greens RockAcademy (US)

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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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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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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Zappanale #28

14. - 16.07.2017
The Torture stops in 109 days!
14. - 16.07.2017
The Torture stops in 109 days!