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Frank Out!

„Frank Out!“ is one of the two successor bands of "Sheik Yerbouti" from Hessen/Rheinland Pfalz. "No one gets closer to Zappa than Sheik Yerbouti ", was the verdict of the Rhein-Zeitung from Mainz at the time.

Last year the Grandsheiks (the remains of the original Sheik Yerbouti enforced by wonderful musicians) were on stage at the Zappanale. This year the other half of the Sheiks (Thomas Jung, Harry Sebel and „Sweet“ Georg Rademacher) will be there. Under the name “Frank Out!”. They will be supported by the Sheik Yerbouti founding member Kai Rotfuchs, the former Sheik Marco Steffen and bassist Jürgen Kochler from the Hunsrück.

They are looking forward to “performing a firework of Zappa classics, stomping Rock songs and wild Jazz improvisations” and with the voice of Harry Sebel they will make the Zappa fans dream.

But Frank Out! will already be in the starting blocks earlier. They have developed the musical program of the concert on Wednesday in Hamburg together with Robert Martin, and will be on stage there together with Albert Wing for the first time. So Albert Wing will join the list of alumni guest musicians of SheikYerbouti/FrankOut!, which already includes Robert Martin, Denny Walley, Ed Mann, Mike Keneally and Napoleon Murphy Brock.

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Napoleon Murphy Brock & The Peach Noise

You missed him? So did we! Without him the Zappanales somehow would be…

Well, here you go: He´s back!

On August 8th, 1973, Frank Zappa was alerted by his road manager, Marty Perellis, that an incredible band with an extraordinary lead singer was performing downtown to a standing room only audience … and that it might be wise that he come and see this for himself. When Zappa went to the club and watched the show, he saw a young talent sing, dance, play sax, flute and keyboards, in a manner that clearly made it appear that he was having more fun than even the other patrons in the club.

After two hours of observing and listening to this young man and his very disciplined band of musicians, he introduced himself as Frank Zappa, and the young man introduced himself as Napoleon Murphy Brock. The next words out of Zappa’s mouth were, “You are my new lead vocalist.”

This singer and saxophone player still is connected tightly to the music of Frank Zappa, in particular due to the incredibly diverse compositions that Zappa has written to accommodate the large volume of vocal talent and stage presence that NMB possesses. He is the only member of the last formation of the Mothers of Invention, where he collaborated with Zappa on four compositions: “DUMMY UP”, “THE BOOGER MAN”, “THE ROOM SERVICE RAP” und “IT'S ALL RIGHT” – the last funky Blues song on ROXY AND ELSEWHERE.  Together with the French band The Peach Noise Experiment, NMB will perform the more difficult pieces that Zappa wrote since the 70's and of course other favorites from the complete works of Zappa.

In the first decade of the new century he participated at shows of Dweezil’s first Zappa Plays Zappa Tour, where Steve Vai (Guitar) und Terry Bozzio (Drums) also joined. In 2009, both Napoleon and Steve Vai each won a Grammy for their performance of the title “Peaches en Regalia”, which first appeared in 1969 on Zappa's album “Hot Rats”.

In recent years, Napoleon Murphy Brock toured with the Grandmothers of Invention as well as with many highly acclaimed Zappa tribute bands. He was even chosen to act as lead singer, frontman and choreographer for the George Duke Funk/Jazz Ensemble - which included the world-famous Latin percussionist Sheila E - with whom he also toured and recorded eight successful albums.

Currently Napoleon is performing solo, nevertheless he is touring and performing to let the brilliance of Frank Zappa’s music from the 70s live on, where he was directly involved. He calls it: Total Music Theatre.

It can also be regarded as an honor that some of the recent publications of the ZFT, are focussing on his participation: FZ/OZ, JOE'S CAMOUFLAGE - a tour rehearsal CD with participation of Napoleon on keyboards and alto sax - and the video releases, now in digital form, of A TOKEN OF MY EXTREME, and finally ROXY BY PROXY.

He is accompanied by the high-energy Zappa tribute band from France, The Peach Noise Experiment Napoleon has chosen because they understand his own way to interpret the music. “It's everything to do with theater, it's all about the fans, it's all about THE SHOW”.

According to Napoleon, what you will see and hear now in the Zappanale #26, is the closest to the magical energy of the 70's Mothers of Invention, with the former line-up: Frank Zappa, George Duke, Ruth Underwood, Chester Thompson, Ralph Humphrey, Tom Fowler, Bruce Fowler, and Napoleon Murphy Brock. THAT'S RIGHT, HE'S BACK!!!

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MAGMA

Did this have to happen? While having wonderful weather during Zappanale #23 it started to rain just when Magma entered the stage. But what does a real freak do when he/she is listening to good music? Nothing! He/she remains and enjoys the concert of a terrific „band“.

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The Yellow Snow Crystals

After his last solo trombone cd "Loverman", which by the way contains a wonderful version of "Evelyn, a modified dog", Paul Hubweber felt an intensified thought of making a Zappa program.

He already knew Simon Camatta for several years, and he had played together with him in several projects, which made Camatta an appropriate peer. Camatta himself was linked by a long collective musical experience with Alexander Morsey who is well versed with Zappa stuff.

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