Frank Zappa - reissued albums review
Plush Frank Zappa reissues and a new warts and all live set
At the time of writing, the Zappa Estate is running in ever more confused circles since the passing of the family’s matriarch, Gail Zappa. Ahmet and Dweezil duke it out very publicly over the right to use the Zappa name, forcing the latter to change up the name of his original Zappa Plays Zappa show to Dweezil Zappa Plays the Music of Frank Zappa and then, on the advice of his legal team, to 50 Years of Frank: Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever the F@%k he Wants – The Cease and Desist Tour.
It’s a new low. He doesn’t even sell Frank Zappa merch on his tour. He could, technically, but then he’d have to hand over every red cent to the Zappa Family Trust. Instead, should you choose, your hard earned dollar gets you a T-shirt emblazoned with the legend: “All persons named Dweezil Zappa are hereby ordered to cease and desist any and all use of the name and likeness of their father and to not perform any of his music anywhere on planet Earth.” Given the rapid escalation and even writs in this war of words (Dweez has recently gone on record criticising his late mother’s business practices), we can at least take solace in one thing: Frank Zappa’s musical legacy is very much alive.