FZ chronology

1973

February 23-May 20, 1973
US Tour

  The Mothers Of Invention:
FZ—guitar, vocals
Jean-Luc Ponty—violin
George Duke—keyboards, vocals
Sal Marquez—trumpet, vocals
Ian Underwood—alto sax
Bruce Fowler—trombone
Ruth Underwood—percussion
Tom Fowler—bass
Ralph Humphrey—drums

 

March 12, 1973 Ruben And The Jets For Real (LP, Mercury SRM-1-659) Produced by FZ
March 19, 1973

Bolic Sound, Inglewood
Engineer: Barry Keene
?

FZ—guitar
George Duke—keyboards
Tom Fowler—bass
Ralph Humphrey—drums

March 20, 1973

Bolic Sound, Inglewood
Engineer: Barry Keene
?

FZ—guitar
George Duke—keyboards
Tom Fowler—bass
Ralph Humphrey—drums

April 3, 1973

Whitney Studios, Glendale

FZ—guitar, vocals
Jean-Luc Ponty—violin?
George Duke—keyboards
Sal Marquez—trumpet
Ian Underwood—alto sax
Bruce Fowler—trombone
Ruth Underwood—percussion
Tom Fowler—bass
Ralph Humphrey—drums

April 4, 1973

Whitney Studios, Glendale

FZ—guitar, vocals
Jean-Luc Ponty—violin?
George Duke—keyboards
Ian Underwood—alto sax
Bruce Fowler—trombone
Ruth Underwood—percussion
Tom Fowler—bass
Ralph Humphrey—drums

 

May 26, 1973

Bolic Sound, Inglewood
Engineer: Barry Keene
?

FZ—guitar
Ian Underwood—woodwinds, keyboards

May 29, 1973

Bolic Sound, Inglewood
Engineer: Barry Keene
?

FZ—guitar
George Duke—keyboards
Ruth Underwood—percussion
Tom Fowler—bass
Ralph Humphrey—drums

May 30, 1973

Bolic Sound, Inglewood
Engineer: Barry Keene
?

FZ—guitar
George Duke—keyboards
Sal Marquez—trumpet
Bruce Fowler—trombone
Ruth Underwood—percussion
Tom Fowler—bass
Ralph Humphrey—drums

May 31, 1973

Bolic Sound, Inglewood
Engineer: Barry Keene
?

Tina Turner—background vocals
Linda Sims—background vocals
Debbie Wilson—background vocals
Ricky Lancelotti—vocals (probably)

June 1, 1973

Bolic Sound, Inglewood
Engineer: Barry Keene
?

FZ—guitar
Sal Marquez—trumpet
Bruce Fowler—trombone
Ian Underwood—woodwinds

June 15-July 8, 1973
Australian Tour

June 25, 1973 Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, Australia

August 18-September 14, 1973
European Tour

  The Mothers Of Invention:
FZ—guitar, vocals
Jean-Luc Ponty—violin
George Duke—keyboards, vocals
Ian Underwood—alto sax
Bruce Fowler—trombone
Ruth Underwood—percussion
Tom Fowler—bass
Ralph Humphrey—drums

The Mothers Of Invention '73

August 21, 1973 Solliden, Skansen, Stockholm, Sweden
August 23, 1973 Finlandia-talo, Helsinki, Finland (early show)
August 23, 1973 Finlandia-talo, Helsinki, Finland (late show)
August 24, 1973 Finlandia-talo, Helsinki, Finland
September 7, 1973 The Mothers Over-Nite Sensation (LP, DiscReet MS 2149)

 

1973 Paramount or Bolic
September 26, 1973

Paramount, LA

George Duke—keyboards

1973?

Bolic Sound, Inglewood
Engineer: Barry Keene
?

George Duke—keyboards
Ruth Underwood—percussion
Bruce Fowler—trombone
Tom Fowler—bass
Chester Thompson—drums
Ralph Humphrey—drums

 

October 23-December 12, 1973
US Tour

  The Mothers Of Invention:
FZ—guitar, vocals
Napoleon Murphy Brock—tenor sax, vocals
George Duke—keyboards, vocals
Bruce Fowler—trombone
Ruth Underwood—percussion
Tom Fowler—bass
Ralph Humphrey—drums
Chester Thompson—drums
 
December 8-10, 1973 The Roxy, Los Angeles, CA

1974

January 23, 1974

Paramount, LA

Napoleon Murphy Brock—tenor sax, vocals
George Duke—keyboards, vocals
Bruce Fowler—trombone

February 15-March 23, 1974
US Tour

  The Mothers Of Invention:
FZ—guitar, vocals
Jeff Simmons—guitar, vocals
Napoleon Murphy Brock—tenor sax, vocals
George Duke—keyboards, vocals
Bruce Fowler—trombone
Ruth Underwood—percussion
Tom Fowler—bass
Ralph Humphrey—drums
Chester Thompson—drums

The Mothers Feb-Mar '74

late 1973 or early 1974

Bolic, Inglewood
Engineer: Barry Keene
?

Paramount, Hollywood

March 22, 1974 Frank Zappa Apostrophe (') (LP, DiscReet DS 2175)

April 19-May 13, 1974
US 10th Anniversary Tour

  The Mothers Of Invention:
FZ—guitar, vocals
Jeff Simmons—guitar, vocals
Napoleon Murphy Brock—tenor sax, vocals
George Duke—keyboards, vocals
Don Preston—keyboards
Bruce Fowler—trombone
Walt Fowler—trumpet
Tom Fowler—bass
Ralph Humphrey—drums
Chester Thompson—drums
 
May 8, 1974 Edinboro State College, Pennsylvania
May 11, 1974 Auditorium Theater, Chicago (late show)
May 12, 1974 Notre Dame University, South Bend

 

May 15, 1974 Ahmet Emuukha Rodan Zappa is born  

June 28-July 27, 1974
Canada & US Tour

  The Mothers Of Invention:
FZ—guitar, vocals
Jeff Simmons—guitar, vocals (until July 4, 1974)
Napoleon Murphy Brock—tenor sax, vocals
George Duke—keyboards, vocals
Ruth Underwood—percussion
Tom Fowler—bass
Chester Thompson—drums

MOI June '74

June 30, 1974

Son-Quebec, Montreal

Robert Charlebois—vocals
Marcel Beauchamp—bass, keyboards
Michel Robidoux—guitar
Michel Fauteux—drums
FZ—guitar solo

 

July 3, 1974 Illinois State University, Bloomington, Illinois
Jeff Simmons last known concert with the Mothers
 

August 6-17, 1974
California

  The Mothers OF Invention:
FZ—guitar, vocals
Napoleon Murphy Brock—tenor sax, vocals
George Duke—keyboards, vocals
Ruth Underwood—percussion
Tom Fowler—bass
Chester Thompson—drums

MOI '74

August 27, 1974 "A Token Of His Extreme"
KCET, LA

September 6-October 5, 1974
European Tour

September 10, 1974 Zappa/Mothers Roxy & Elsewhere (2LP, DiscReet 2DS 2202)
September 22-23, 1974 Kulttuuritalo, Helsinki, Finland
September 26, 1974 Palais des Sports, Paris, France
September 27, 1974 Palais des Sports, Paris, France
October 1, 1974 Festhalle Mustermesse, Basel, Switzerland (early show)

October 24-December 31, 1974
US Tour

October 28, 1974 George Duke Feel (LP, BASF MC-25355) FZ aka Obdew'l X, guitar on "Love" and "Old Slipper"
November 8, 1974 Capitol Theatre, Passaic, New Jersey
c. November 23, 1974 Michael Urso replaces Tom Fowler  
c. November 26, 1974 James "Bird Legs" Youmans replaces Michael Urso  
December, 1974 Caribou Studios, Nederland, Colorado
FZ—acoustic guitar
James "Bird Legs" Youmans—acoustic guitar
December, 1974 Caribou Studios, Nederland, Colorado (Probably)
FZ—guitar
George Duke—keyboards
Ruth Underwood—percussion, synthesizer
James "Bird Legs" Youmans—bass
Chester Thompson—drums
December 31, 1974 Long Beach Arena, CA
Tom Fowler is back
 

1975

January 3, 1975 The Record Plant, LA
FZ—guitar
Bruce Fowler—trombone
Don Waldrop—trombone
Jock Ellis—trombone
Dana Hughes—bass trombone
Earle Dumler—oboe
JoAnn Caldwell McNab—bassoon
Mike Altschul—flute
Graham Young—trumpet
Malcolm McNab—trumpet
Ray Reed—flute
Victor Morosco—sax
John Rotella—woodwinds
January 6, 1975 The Record Plant, LA
FZ—guitar
George Duke—keyboards
Pamela Goldsmith—viola
Murray Adler—violin
Sheldon Sanov—violin
Jerry Kessler—cello
Edward Meares—bass
Bruce Fowler—trombone
Don Waldrop—trombone
Jock Ellis—trombone
Dana Hughes—bass trombone
Earle Dumler—oboe
JoAnn Caldwell McNab—bassoon
Mike Altschul—flute
Malcolm McNab—trumpet
Jay Daversa trumpet
Ray Reed—flute
Victor Morosco—sax
John Rotella—woodwinds
Tom Fowler—bass
Chester Thompson—drums
January 8, 1975 The Record Plant, LA
FZ—guitar
George Duke—keyboards
Napoleon Murphy Brock—tenor sax, vocals
Tom Fowler—bass
Chester Thompson—drums
January 9, 1975 The Record Plant, LA
FZ—guitar
George Duke—keyboards
Napoleon Murphy Brock—tenor sax, vocals
Tom Fowler—bass
Chester Thompson—drums
January 10, 1975 The Record Plant, LA
FZ—guitar
John Berkman—piano
Michael Zearott—piano
Mike Altschul—flute
Alan Estes—percussion
Emil Richards—percussion
January 13, 1975 The Record Plant, LA
FZ—guitar
John Berkman—piano
Michael Zearott—piano
Mike Altschul—flute
Alan Estes—percussion
Emil Richards—percussion
January 14, 1975 The Record Plant, LA
FZ—guitar
John Berkman—piano
Michael Zearott—piano
Mike Altschul—flute
Alan Estes—percussion
Emil Richards—percussion
December, 1974-February, 1975 Caribou Studios, Nederland, Colorado and/or Record Plant, LA and/or Paramount Studios, LA
January-February, 1975 The Record Plant, LA
1975 Paramount Studios, LA

April 11-May 26, 1975
US Tour

  Zappa/Beefheart/Mothers:
FZ—guitar, vocals
Captain Beefheart—harp, vocals
Denny Walley—slide guitar, vocals
George Duke—keyboards, vocals
Napoleon Murphy Brock—sax, vocals
Bruce Fowler—trombone
Tom Fowler—bass
Terry Bozzio—drums
 
May 20-21, 1975 Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin, Texas

 

June 25, 1975 Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention One Size Fits All (LP, DiscReet DS 2216)
summer 1975

The Mothers Of Invention:
(only rehearsals)
FZ—guitar, vocals
Robert "Frog" Camarena—guitar, vocals
Denny Walley—guitar, vocals
Novi Novog—viola, keyboards, vocals
Napoleon Murphy Brock—sax, keyboards, vocals
Roy Estrada—bass, vocals
Terry Bozzio—drums, vocals

The band that never was

August 25, 1975  
early September, 1975  

September 17-18, 1975
Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra

September 18, 1975 Royce Hall, UCLA
Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra
September 18-19, 1975

Royce Hall, UCLA
Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra

September 27-December 31, 1975
US, Yugoslavia & Canada Tour

  The Mothers Of Invention:
FZ—guitar, vocals
André Lewis—keyboards, vocals
Napoleon Murphy Brock—tenor sax, vocals
Roy Estrada—bass, vocals
Terry Bozzio—drums, vocals
 
October 2, 1975 Zappa/Beefheart/Mothers Bongo Fury (LP, DiscReet DS 2234)
October 26, 1975 Dressing Room
Hofstra University, Hempstead
November 1, 1975 Norma Jean Bell (alto sax, vocals) joins The Mothers  
November 1, 1975 William & Mary Hall, College Of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA
November 22, 1975 Ljubljana, Yugoslavia
December 9, 1975 Centre Municipal des Congres de Quebec, Canada
Last known gig of Norma Jean Bell with The Mothers
 

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This project researched & developed by Román García Albertos
http://globalia.net/donlope/fz/
WARNING: This is not a complete list of FZ concerts, as only those of special significance or which are represented in FZ's official output appear in this chronology. If you're looking for an exhaustive list of FZ concerts go to Charles Ulrich's Frank Zappa Gig List, and if you're looking for the complete known setlists go to Oscar Bianco's FZShows, v. 7.1.
Here's a list of main sources & contributions
Release dates taken from Greg Russo, Cosmik Debris: The Collected History And Improvisations Of Frank Zappa (The Son Of Revised), 2003
Concert dates and venues taken from Charles Ulrich's Frank Zappa Gig List
Corrections & additions welcome
This page updated: 2014-04-11