Review: Zappa Plays Zappa @ the Paramount

The show took from many different places and eras of Zappa, though the most memorable parts were lifted from the Fillmore East 1971 live album. The first of these was What Kind of Girl Do You Think We Are, allowing Thomas and Gonzalez to do a little on stage flirting – even if Thomas’ closing line was “Our new single made the charts this week.” Later, The Little House I Used to Live In segued into part one of Willie The Pimp which Zappa absolutely demolished.

That’s not to say the rest of the show wasn’t equally solid. Blessed Relief, Cosmik Debris and Easy Meat were played to perfection, each garnering standing ovations upon their conclusion.

But this begs the question, why not just stand up for the entire show? For all of two hours, the seats were being warmed by the audience who could have easily been standing and screaming or dancing to the intricate orchestrations being played on stage. In fact, the only song that people stood up for was during the encore, “I’m The Slime,” which followed everyone’s Zappa go-to, “Peaches En Regalia.” It just seems like more fun when everyone stands up. But to each his own, because as the good man said, “The most important thing to do in your life is to not interfere with somebody else’s life.” However, he also said, “Tobacco is my favorite vegetable,” so who really knows what to take seriously, if anything.

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  1. Thanks for the great review. Going to see ZPZ for the third time on Sunday. I’m going with a good friend, who just happens to be Chris Norton’s cousin!

  2. I am going to be auctioning off a pair of tickets to the Connecticut show…100% of the proceeds will go to the National MS Society. I’ll repost as soon as they are for auction.

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