Hello All,

I was at this show yesterday but couldn't get into it. A more 
positive review from another guy underneath to give you a neutral 

They first showed the Film of Zappa in the Roxy back in 1974. Great 
stuff and the sound was much better then the actual concert of ZPZ. 
The concert was in sound and in performance miles away from the Zappa 
movie we just saw. I know this concerthall has very bad soundings but 
I've seen many groups here who did a lot better. I've seen Frank 
playing in 1988 in the Veledrome in Gent in a concerthall he 
described as the worst ever played. But he also said that they would 
play at a quiet volume so that everything would be alright again, as 
it effectively was. I have the tape so I can even tell know that it 
sounded ok.  Now in Vorst you couln'dt hear all the instruments very 
well, the bass sometimes was on mess of a sound, the keyboards were 
on and of, etc. When Terry began to sing, no voice. Was the soundman 

Enough about the sound. The band wasn't a band. They weren't 
together. As stated below they had to warm up during the first set. 
But is was Terry who pulled the second set together with his heavy 
drumming (he lost two drumsticks in the act) and cheerfull singing.
When he went away even Steve Vai (with short hair) couldn't pulled 
the thing back together. It dropped again like pudding. 

Also Dweezil is no frontman, Ahmet can but he was nowhere to be seen 
(and he's damn right not be part of this were only in it for the 
money tour - comment I heard on the spot). I've seen AZ/DZ and they 
were great, also they had Mike Kenaelly and Scott Tunis back then.

Dweezil stood there, not moving a lot and saying little and the 
things he said were so rehearsed and cliche that it made me sick. 
During King Kong they did some improvisations like Zappa did in the 
movie (that's what Dweezil said they were gonna do). This was not a 
spontanious thing. I've got many live recordings of Zappa. Now 
Dweezil must have acces to a lot more. He took some parts and put 
them together without shaking the coctail. During the keyboarsolo 
every band member stood playing looking at thsi guy without showing 
any enthousiasm. Only the bassplayer and Napoleon jumped to the 
music. I think Mike Kenaelly would have done a better job moulding 
the band together and leading them thru wild improvisations instead 
of showing all the tricks Zappa did in a row.

Not that they are no good musiscians, they are, but they try to copy 
Zappas' act, wich is foolisch to attempt. I'd rather have a personel 
stamp on the performance wich Dweezil said in interviews he would do. 
Seen nothing of that. Even the setlist is almost the same every 
night. Even the effects and the kind of gitaarsolo's he plays are the 
same. Just seen the solo from Inca Roads on the net and live it was 
the same. Is he afraid or insicure?

Anyway, I love Zappa, I love AZ/DZ, I Love the muffin man, The 
grandmothers, etc, But this was beyond my expectations. Finally we 
left after Montana. Yes indeed we left the concert.

If the accoustics were better it would have been a lot more 
enjoyable. It could have inflicted the band's performance. Also the 
hall was only half filled. They had to hang curtains around the 
higher levels (a full hall would also give better accoustics-I know). 
If ZPZ had only chosen the Ancienne Belgique. It would have been 
completely sold out but far more superior to this hall.

See you,

Here's the setlist

Help, I'm a Rock
Hungry Freaks, Daddy
Let's Make the Water Turn Black
Florentine Pogen
Pygmy Twylyte
Idiot Bastard Son
King Kong with Filthy Habits
Don't Eat the Yellow Snow
St-Alphonzo's Pancake Breakfast
Inca Roads

-This first half was all with Napoleon.

I'm so Cute (TB)
Trying to grow a Chin (TB)
City of Tiny Lights (TB+NMB)
Punky's Whips (TB)
The Black Page pt. 1 (TB)
The Black Page pt. 2 (TB+ SV)
Peaches en Regalia (SV+NMB)
Montana (SV+NMB)
Village of the Sun (SV+NMB)
Echidna's Arf (of you) (SV+NMB)
Zomby Woof (SV+NMB)
Sofa (SV+NMB)
Camarillo Brillo (NMB)
The Orange Couty Lumber Truck (NMB)
Trouble Every Day (TB+SV+NMB)
A Token of his Extreme (TB+SV+NMB) 

Barry's Imaginary Publisher Says: 

May 31st, 2006 at 11:28 am 
And now the points of the Belgian jury…

The venue: Vorst Nationaal, May 30.
As you may know, the sound of this concert hall is, shall we 
say, "less than optimal", and quite possibly a bit of a nightmare for 
the soundguy. We had seats directly behind the mixing booth so what 
we heard was probably "as good as it gets".

The setlist: exactly the same as wannabeard posted above.

The band: I was really impressed and pleasantly surprised. From the 
first note to the last, the playing was flawless and incredibly tight 
(and indeed, "heavy", as Balint noted above). A definite strongholder 
within the band is Napoleon M Brock. He gave warmth to the songs 
and "a face" to the band. Had a bit of trouble getting the high tones 
at times, but considering he's doing vocals originally done by the 
likes of FZ, George Duke and Andrew Belew: who can blame him!

Dweezil: definitely has all the guitar chops, did some great FZ style 
solo's and his overall guitarwork on the tunes was fabulous. Not so 
much a frontman though (this is not criticism mind you, it's 
observation). Which leads me to the one small minor point of this 
this tour: although the music and the performance is quite simply 
superb in every way, there's an element of interaction missing (and I 
guess we all know what/who that element is…).

Steve Vai: I'm not a big fan of his 200-notes-per-second playing 
style, but I must say he was a very competent side-man to Dweezil. 
Didn't attempt to steal the show, a good complemental team-player so 
to speak. 

Ah, and Terry Bozzio! Did a fantastic drum-duet with Joe Travers (who 
himself amazed me with just how good his drumming was). Bozzio's drum 
sounded a bit too bassy to me in comparison with Travers', but hey, 
that's just naggin'.
Kudos to all the other players as well: impeccable timing, excellent 
musicianship — with extra points to the bass-player for ENTHOUSIASM! 

Favorites: the first half of the concert needed some warming up but 
things got hot as of Florentine Pogen. Punky's Whips: how great to 
see this performed by the man himself (TB); ditto The Black Page (I, 
II): fabulous! Echidna's Arf (Of You): it's always been one of my 
favorite tracks, and the performance here was very, very tight.

So there you have it. I'm very glad I didn't miss the opportunity to 
see these guys. To the NaySayers I would say: reconsider. Give this 
band a chance. They more than deserve it. Music Is The Best!

Now if you'll excuse me: I'm very. Tired. Meeting up with some KUR 
readers before and after the show may have something to do with it…  

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