Zappa Plays Zappa returns to Albany, when it takes to the stage at The Egg, Tuesday, April 7.
The band is touring in celebration of its 10th anniversary.
Since 2006, the Frank Zappa tribute band has toured the world, fronted by the late artist’s eldest son, Dweezil Zappa.
Describing the troupe as a tribute band, as it often is billed, is not completely acccurate.
Napoleon Murphy Brock, who plays the saxophone and flute, originally played with the Dweezil’s father. Other performers such as drummer Terry Bozzio and guitarist Steve Vai, who shared the stage with Frank, have been known to accompany the group.
The band is known for playing songs originally composed during the 1960s and 1970s.
In 2009, Zappa Plays Zappa earned a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for the performance of the Frank Zappa instrumental classic “Peaches en Regalia.”
Frank Zappa died in December 1993 of prostate cancer at the age of 53. He achieved critical acclaim producing more than 60 albums in a musical career spanning more than 40 years. His brand of music, however, was often difficult to place into a specific genre. A self taught musician, Zappa learned to play the guitar, drums, percussion, bouzoki and synclavier.
In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Frank Zappa at No. 71 on their list of “100 Greatest Artists of All Time, and subsequently No. 22 on their list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”
For tickets and more information, visit theegg.com or call 473-1845.
Michael Hallisey is managing editor of Spotlight Newspapers.