On June 6, 1971, former Beatle John Lennon performed at New York City's Fillmore East with Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. It was a strange night, as you'll see (and hear) in the three clips below. For starters, Yoko Ono also "performed" with Lennon and the Mothers. In reality, all she did was scream.
Gail Zappa—wife of Frank Zappa and guardian of his creative life—died October 7 at age 70. A statement from the Zappa Family Trust says she died at home, surrounded by her children. The cause of death was not stated, though she reportedly had battled with lung cancer.
A few days ago, we posted a video in which Dweezil Zappa gives us an up-close look at the Strat Jimi Hendrix gave Dweezil's father, Frank Zappa. However, he never actually plays the guitar in the video.
Call us crazy, but we always like to look at Jimi Hendrix’s guitars, especially when they’ve been owned and modified by Frank Zappa. And yes, even when the video in which they appear has been up and around for a while.
A new documentary about Frank Zappa has received approval from the Zappa Family Trust. The film is presently in its early stages of development and is scheduled to come out in 2017, according to Variety.
The late Frank Zappa made his first Guitar World cover appearance with the March 1982 issue. The cover calls him "America's Most Misunderstood Genius," and the original story by John Swenson starts on page 34. Here's part one of that interview. Check back for part two later this week.
A few years ago, the editors of Guitar World magazine compiled what we feel is the ultimate guide to the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time. The list, which has been quoted by countless artists, websites and publications around the world, starts with Richie Sambora's work on Bon Jovi's “Wanted Dead or Alive” (Number 100) and builds to a truly epic finish with Jimmy Page's solo on "Stairway to Heaven" (Number 1).
In the late '60s, someone stole Frank Zappa's beloved Gibson Les Paul Goldtop, the guitar he used during the early days of the Mothers of Invention. More than 40 years later, Dweezil Zappa — Frank Zappa's son — is on a mission to recover the guitar.