A hologram of Frank Zappa will go on tour this year, Zappa’s family have confirmed.
It was revealed that the ‘Zappa Family Trust’ had teamed up with a production company called EyeIlusion with the basis of building a hologram for a series of shows.
Zappa, who died after his long battle with prostate cancer in 1993 just 18 days before his 53rd birthday, will be ‘honoured’ in the new touring series entitled: “The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa”.
The likes of Ray White, Robert Martin, Mike Keneally, Scott Thunes and Joe Travers will make up the touring lineup. On top of this, the long-time Zappa performers will be joined by Steve Vai, Ian Underwood, Vinnie Colaiuta, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Warren Cuccurullo Arthur Barrow, Ed Mann, and more along the way.
Never seen before footage of Zappa from the early seventies will provide the material. The footage, which has been looked away for years, has been sent to EyeIlusion for development.
Zappa’s son, Ahmet, released the following statement:
“As a futurist, and hologram enthusiast, Frank fearlessly broke through boundary after boundary as an artist and in honoring his indomitable spirit we’re about to do it again, 25 years after his passing. This mind-melting show we’re putting together celebrates the music, often surreal imagery and humor synonymous with Frank. We will be pushing the limits of what anyone has seen holographically on stage before in a live venue. Circumstances, objects, places and subject matter from Frank’s songs and imagination will be brought to life for the first time on stage. We are anthropomorphizing Frank’s music, so his own hand drawn illustrations, classic imagery from his album artwork and characters from his songs can all interact and perform on stage. And let’s not forget, Frank himself will be rocking his fans, alongside his bandmates like nobody’s business. My father and I actively discussed 3D and ‘holography’ and it was a concept he actively engaged in. He actually devoted half a chapter of The Real Frank Zappa Book (1990) to this subject. This is a love letter and a journey celebrating the genius artistry of Frank Zappa. On a personal note, I feel like I am finishing something my father started years ago.”