FZ chronology


1976


January 6, 1976 Rehearsal

January 11-February 5, 1976
Pacific Tour

 

The Mothers Of Invention:
FZ—guitar, vocals
André Lewis—keyboards, vocals
Napoleon Murphy Brock—sax, vocals
Roy Estrada—bass, vocals
Terry Bozzio—drums, vocals

 
January 20, 1976 Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, Australia
8-track

February 3, 1976 Kosei Nenkin Kaikan, Osaka, Japan
4-track
February 5, 1976 Nihon Seinenkan, Tokyo, Japan

February 13-March 13, 1976
Europe

March 3, 1976 Tivolis Koncertsal, Copenhagen, Denmark (early show)
Nagra 2-track
Engineer: Davy Moire

May, 1976 Herb Cohen fired  
May-June?, 1976

Record Plant, LA
Engineers: Michael Braunstein, Davey Moire

FZ—guitar
Dave Parlato—bass
Terry Bozzio—drums

May-June?, 1976

Record Plant, LA
Engineers: Michael Braunstein, Davey Moire

FZ—guitar, bass
Terry Bozzio—drums

May-June?, 1976 Record Plant, LA
Engineers: Michael Braunstein, Davey Moire

FZ—guitar, keyboards, vocals
Terry Bozzio—vocals
Davey Moire—vocals
Don Van Vliet—harmonica
Ruth Underwood—marimba, synth
Roy Estrada—vocals
Ruben Ladron de Guevara—vocals
Lou Ann Neill—harp
André Lewis—vocals
Sparkie Parker—vocals

May-June?, 1976

Record Plant, LA

Patrick O'Hearn—acoustic & electric bass

1976

Record Plant, LA

Davey Moire—vocals
Eddie Jobson—keyboards, yodeling
Don Brewer—bongos

c. May, 1976 Grand Funk Railroad
The Swamp, Fenton, MI
Engineer: FZ
May, 1976

Grand Funk Railroad
The Record Plant, LA
Engineers: Michael Braunstein, Davey Moire

July 1, 1976

The Swamp, Fenton, MI

FZ—guitar overdub

August 9, 1976 Grand Funk Railroad Good Singin' Good Playin' (LP, MCA 2216) produced by FZ

October 2-November 25, 1976
US East Coast & Canada

  Zappa Band:
FZ—guitar, vocals
Ray White—guitar, vocals
Bianca—keyboards, vocals  (until November 11)
Eddie Jobson—keyboards, violin
Patrick O'Hearn—bass
Terry Bozzio—drums, vocals

Zappa '76

October 28, 1976 The Mike Douglas Show, NBC TV
FZ with The Mike Douglas Show Band
October 29, 1976

Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Record Plant Mobile
16-track analog

October 29, 1976 Zappa Zoot Allures (LP, Warner Bros. BS 2970)
November 11, 1976 Le Colisée, Quebec, Quebec, Canada
Bianca last known gig with the band
 
November 19, 1976 Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan

December 11, 1976

Saturday Night Live, NBC TV

Zappa & The SNL Band:
FZ—guitar, vocals
Ray White—guitar, vocals
Eddie Jobson—keyboards, violin
Don Grolnick—keyboards
Alan Rubin—trumpet
Tom Malone—trombone
Ronnie Cuber—baritone sax
Lou Marini—tenor sax
Mauricio Smith—alto sax
Ruth Underwood—percussion
Daoud Shaw—percussion
Patrick O'Hearn—bass
Terry Bozzio—drums, vocals
Don Pardo—sophisticated narration*
John Belushi—be-bop samurai**

 


December 26-29, 1976
New York City, NY

December 26-29, 1976

Zappa Band:
FZ—guitar, vocals
Ray White—guitar, vocals
Eddie Jobson—keyboards, violin
Randy Brecker—trumpet
Tom Malone—trombone
Michael Brecker—tenor sax
Ronnie Cuber—baritone sax
Lou Marini—alto sax
Ruth Underwood—percussion
Dave Samuels—percussion
Patrick O'Hearn—bass
Terry Bozzio—drums, vocals
+
Don Pardo—sophisticated narration*

 
December 26, 1976

The Palladium, NYC, NY
Fedco Remote (24-track analog)
Engineer: Bob Liftin

December 27, 1976

The Palladium, NYC, NY
Fedco Remote (24-track analog)
Engineer: Bob Liftin

December 28, 1976

The Palladium, NYC, NY
Fedco Remote (24-track analog)
Engineer: Bob Liftin

December 29, 1976

The Palladium, NYC, NY
Fedco Remote (24-track analog)
Engineer: Bob Liftin


1977


January 13-February 17, 1977
Europe

January-February, 1977 Zappa Band:
FZ—guitar, vocals
Ray White—guitar, vocals
Eddie Jobson—keyboards, violin
Patrick O'Hearn—bass
Terry Bozzio—drums, vocals
 
February 10, 1977

Hammersmith Odeon, London
Manor Mobile
Engineer: Alan P.

February 16, 1977

Hammersmith Odeon, London
Manor Mobile
Engineer: Alan P.

February 17, 1977

Hammersmith Odeon, London
Manor Mobile
Engineer: Alan P.

January-February, 1977 Unknown locations (prob. February 9-10 or 16-17, London, UK)

c. April 1977

The Record Plant, LA
Engineers: Rick Smith & Davey Moire

FZ—guitar over-dubs
Ruth Underwood—percussion over-dubs
John Bergamo—percussion over-dubs
Ed Mann—percussion over-dubs
Lou Anne Neill—osmotic harp over-dubs

June 30, 1977 Zappa In New York announced as "imminent," but delayed.  
c. 1977 Patrick O'Hearn—voice
Terry Bozzio—voice
Davey Moire—voice
1977 Robert Charlebois Swing Charlebois Swing (LP, Canadian Solution SN 939) including Petroleum (Charlebois) with FZ on guitar
  Peter Wolf audition  
  Tommy Mars audition  

September 8-November 20, 1977
US & Canada

 

Zappa Band:
FZ—guitar, vocals
Adrian Belew—guitar, vocals
Tommy Mars—keyboards, vocals
Peter Wolf—keyboards
Ed Mann—percussion, vocals
Patrick O'Hearn—bass, vocals
Terry Bozzio—drums, vocals

P.A. Mix: Davey Moire

 
October 28, 1977

The Palladium, NYC
RCA Truck
Engineer: Kerry McNab

October 29, 1977

The Palladium, NYC
RCA Truck
Engineer: Kerry McNab

October 30, 1977

The Palladium, NYC
RCA Truck
Engineer: Kerry McNab

October 31, 1977

The Palladium, NYC
RCA Truck
Engineer: Kerry McNab

October 28-31, 1977

The Palladium, NYC
RCA Truck
Engineer: Kerry McNab

October 31, 1977 Läther (4LP, Zappa SRZ-4-1500) 
(Original release date: cancelled)
 

December, 1977 FZ plays Läther, the whole 4LP album, on the air at KROQ-FM, LA  

December 31, 1977
Los Angeles, CA


1978


Early 1978 Rehearsals at Sheperton Studios, London, UK  

January 24-March 1, 1978
Europe

January 25, 1978 Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK
Basing Street Truck
Engineer: Peter Henderson
January 26, 1978 Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK
Basing Street Truck
Engineer: Peter Henderson
January 27, 1978 Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK
Basing Street Truck
Engineer: Peter Henderson
February 15, 1978

Deutschlandhalle, Berlin, Germany
Scully 4-track analog

February 24, 1978 Rhein-Neckar Stadion, Eppelheim, Germany
Scully 4-track analog
Recording engineer: Davey Moire
February 25, 1978

Hemmerleinhalle, Neunkirchen am Brand, Germany
Scully 4-track analog
Recording engineer: Davey Moire

February 28, 1978 Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK
Manor Truck
Engineer: Peter Henderson
January 25-27 or February 28, 1978 Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK

March 13, 1978 Zappa Zappa In New York (2LP, DiscReet 2D 2290)
c. 1978

Zappa basement

FZ—synthesizers

c. April, 1978

Village Recorders, LA
Engineer: Joe Chiccarelli

FZ—lead guitar, vocals
Tommy Mars—keyboards, vocals
Terry Bozzio—percussion, vocals
Ed Mann—percussion, vocals
David Ocker—clarinets
Napoleon M. Brock—background vocals
André Lewis—background vocals
Randy Thornton—background vocals
Davey Moire—background vocals

[April] 7-8, 1978 Cherokee Studios, LA
FZ
Tommy Mars
[April] 8-9, 1978 Kendun Studios, Burbank
FZ
Tommy Mars
[April] 9-10, 1978 Kendun Studios, Burbank
FZ
Tommy Mars
[April] 10-11, 1978 Village Recorders, LA
FZ
Ed Mann
[April] 11-12, 1978 Village Recorders, LA
FZ
[April] 14-15, 1978 Village Recorders, LA
FZ
[April] 15-16, 1978 Village Recorders, LA
FZ
Ed Mann
[April] 16, 1978 Village Recorders, LA
FZ
[April] 17-18, 1978 Village Recorders, LA
FZ
Tommy Mars
[April] 18-19, 1978 Village Recorders, LA
FZ
Tommy Mars
[April] 21, 1978 Village Recorders, LA
FZ
Terry Bozzio
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[April] 22, 1978 Village Recorders, LA
FZ
Tommy Mars
[April] 23-24, 1978 Village Recorders, LA
FZ
Tommy Mars
Ed Mann
Davey Moire
April, 1978? Village Recorders, LA?
April 30, 1978

Village Recorders, LA
Engineer: Joe Chiccarelli

May 10, 1978

Village Recorders, LA
Engineer: Joe Chiccarelli

May 15, 1978

Village Recorders, LA
Engineer: Joe Chiccarelli

May 23, 1978

Village Recorders, LA
Engineer: Joe Chiccarelli

May 24, 1978

Village Recorders, LA
Engineer: Joe Chiccarelli


June 15, 1978 Culver City, LA
Arthur Barrow audition
 
August, 1978 Culver City, LA
Rehearsals
 

August 26-September 9, 1978
Europe

  Zappa Band:
FZ—guitar, vocals
Ike Willis—guitar, vocals (until October 14)
Denny Walley—guitar, vocals
Tommy Mars—keyboards
Peter Wolf—keyboards
Ed Mann—percussion
Patrick O'Hearn—bass (since October 13)
Arthur Barrow—bass
Vinnie Colaiuta—drums
 
September 3, 1978 Ludwigsparkstadion, Saarbrücken, Germany
September 8, 1978 Circus Krone, Munich, Germany

September 15-October 31, 1978
US East Coast & Canada

September 15, 1978 Frank Zappa Studio Tan (LP, DiscReet DSK 2291)

October 13, 1978

Capitol Theatre, Passaic, New Jersey
Patrick O'Hearn joins the band
October 14, 1978 Cole Fieldhouse, College Park, Maryland
Ike Willis last gig of 1978
 
October 21, 1978

Saturday Night Live, NBC TV

FZ—vocals
Denny Walley—guitar, vocals
Tommy Mars—keyboards, vocals
Peter Wolf—keyboards
Ed Mann—percussion
Patrick O'Hearn—bass
Arthur Barrow—bass
Vinnie Colaiuta—drums
+
Alan Rubin—trumpet
Tom Malone—trombone
Lew Del Gatto—alto sax
Lou Marini—tenor & soprano sax
Howard Johnson—baritone sax
+
John Belushi—be-bop samurai*

October 23, 1978 Flint Flint (LP, Columbia JC-35574) featuring FZ guitar on "Better You Than Me" and "You'll Never Be The Same"
October 27, 1978

The Palladium, NYC
Record Plant Mobile (24-track analog)
Recording engineer: Joe Chiccarelli

L. Shankar—guest violin*

October 28, 1978

The Palladium, NYC
Record Plant Mobile (24-track analog)
Recording engineer: Joe Chiccarelli

L. Shankar—guest violin*

October 29, 1978

The Palladium, NYC
Record Plant Mobile (24-track analog)
Recording engineer: Joe Chiccarelli

October 31, 1978

The Palladium, NYC
Record Plant Mobile (24-track analog)
Recording engineer: Joe Chiccarelli

L. Shankar—guest violin*


c. 1978-1979 Halloween '78 Re-Mix
Ocean West and/or Village Recorders, LA
Re-mix engineer: Joe Chiccarelli

December 2, 1978

The Nova Convention, NYC

FZ—narrator


1979


January 12, 1979 Frank Zappa Sleep Dirt (LP, DiscReet DSK 2292)
February, 1979 London, UK
Rehearsals
 
c. February, 1979 London, UK

February 10-April 1, 1979
European Tour

 

Zappa Band:
FZ—guitar, vocals
Ike Willis—guitar, vocals
Denny Walley—guitar, vocals
Warren Cuccurullo—guitar
Tommy Mars—keyboards
Peter Wolf—keyboards
Ed Mann—percussion
Arthur Barrow—bass
Vinnie Colaiuta—drums

 
February 17, 1979

Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK
Rolling Stones Mobile
Recording engineer: Mick Glossop

February 18, 1979

Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK
Rolling Stones Mobile
Recording engineer: Mick Glossop

February 19, 1979

Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK
Rolling Stones Mobile
Recording engineer: Mick Glossop

February 17-19, 1979 Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK
February 24, 1979 Nouvel Hippodrome, Paris, France
March 3, 1979 Frank Zappa Sheik Yerbouti (2LP, Zappa SRZ-2-1501)
March 16, 1979 Pau, France
March 21, 1979 Rhein-Neckarhalle, Eppelheim, Germany
March 23, 1979 Graz, Austria
March 27, 1979

Rhein-Main-Halle, Wiesbaden, Germany
Scully 4-track analog
Recording engineer: Claus Wiedemann

March 31, 1979

Rudi-Sedlmeyer Sporthalle, Munich, Germany (early show)
Scully 4-track analog
Recording engineer: Claus Wiedemann

March 31, 1979

Rudi-Sedlmeyer Sporthalle, Munich, Germany (late show)
Scully 4-track analog
Recording engineer: Claus Wiedemann

April 1, 1979 Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland

April 21-June 8, 1979

Village Recorders, LA
Recording engineer: Joe Chiccarelli

April 21, 1979 FZ—vocals
Ike Willis—vocals
Warren Cuccurullo—guitar, electric sitar
Denny Walley—guitar, slide guitar
Tommy Mars—keyboards
Arthur Barrow—bass, guitar
Vinnie Colaiuta—drums
April 22, 1979 FZ
Ike Willis
Warren Cuccurullo
Denny Walley
Tommy Mars
Arthur Barrow
Vinnie Colaiuta
Craig Steward—harmonica
April 23, 1979 FZ
Ike Willis
Warren Cuccurullo
Denny Walley
Tommy Mars
Arthur Barrow
Vinnie Colaiuta
Craig Steward
April 24-25, 1979 FZ
Ike Willis
Warren Cuccurullo
Denny Walley
Tommy Mars
Arthur Barrow
Vinnie Colaiuta
Craig Steward
April 25-26, 1979 FZ
Ike Willis
Warren Cuccurullo
Peter Wolf—keyboards
Arthur Barrow
Vinnie Colaiuta

April 27, 1979

Jeff Hollie (Hollis)—tenor sax
Marginal Chagrin (Earle Dumler)—baritone sax
Stumuk (William Nugent)—bass sax
April 30, 1979 FZ
Ike Willis
Warren Cuccurullo
Peter Wolf
Arthur Barrow
Vinnie Colaiuta
May 1-2, 1979 FZ
Ike Willis
Warren Cuccurullo
Peter Wolf
Arthur Barrow
Vinnie Colaiuta
May 2-3, 1979 FZ
Warren Cuccurullo
Peter Wolf
Arthur Barrow
Vinnie Colaiuta
May 3-4, 1979 FZ
Warren Cuccurullo
Peter Wolf
Arthur Barrow
Vinnie Colaiuta
May 4, 1979 Frank Zappa Orchestral Favorites (LP, DiscReet DSK 2294)
May 4-5, 1979 Vinnie Colaiuta
May 5-6, 1979 Vinnie Colaiuta
May 11-12, 1979

Patrick O'Hearn—bass

May 12, 1979 Warren Cuccurullo
May 17, 1979 Warren Cuccurullo
May 24, 1979 Ike Willis
Denny Walley
May 25-26, 1979 Ike Willis
Warren Cuccurullo
May 26-27, 1979 Warren Cuccurullo
May 28-29, 1979 Warren Cuccurullo
May 29-30, 1979 Warren Cuccurullo
June 4, 1979 Peter Wolf
June 5, 1979 Peter Wolf
Ike Willis
Warren Cuccurullo
Ed Mann—percussion
June 7, 1979 Ed Mann
June 8, 1979 Ed Mann
 

 

  Al Malkin—vocals
 

Dale Bozzio—vocals

  Terry Bozzio—vocals
1979

Recording engineer: Steve Nye

Warren Cuccurullo—rhythm guitar

1979

Recording engineer: Steve Nye

FZ—lead guitar

1979 Village Recorders, LA, and/or Kendun Studios, Burbank
re-mix engineers Mick Glossop & Steve Nye
June 13, 1979 Vienna Symphony Orchestra concert at Stadt Halle (cancelled)  
June 18, 1979 The Nova Convention (2LP, Giorno Poetry Systems GPS 014-015) including The Talking Asshole (Burroughs) narrated by FZ

July 30, 1979 Diva Zappa is born  

September 1, 1979 UMRK studio completed?  
September 3, 1979 Zappa Joe's Garage Act I (LP, Zappa SRZ-1-1603)
September 24, 1979 L. Shankar Touch Me There (LP, Zappa SRZ-1-1602) produced by FZ
November 19, 1979 Frank Zappa Joe's Garage Acts II & III (2LP, Zappa SRZ-2-1502)
Late 1979 Rehearsals  
 

FZ—guitar, vocals
Ike Willis—guitar, vocals
Ray White—guitar, vocals
Tommy Mars—keyboards
Arthur Barrow—bass
Vinnie Colaiuta—drums

 
December 21, 1979 Victoria Theatre, NYC

1980


February 16-17, 1980

Ocean Way Recorders, Hollywood
Recording engineer: Allen Sides

FZ—guitar, vocals
Tommy Mars—keyboards, vocals
Arthur Barrow—bass
Vinnie Colaiuta—drums
Terry Bozzio—vocals
Dale Bozzio—vocals
Ike Willis—vocals
Ray White—vocals

Early 1980 Vinnie Colaiuta quits; Sinclair Lott and then David Logeman replace him  

March 25-May 11, 1980
US

 

Zappa Band:
FZ—guitar, vocals
Ike Willis—guitar, vocals
Ray White—guitar, vocals
Tommy Mars—keyboards
Arthur Barrow—bass
David Logeman—drums

 
April 28, 1980 Frank Zappa I Don't Wanna Get Drafted / Ancient Armaments (7", Zappa ZR 1001)
April 29, 1980 Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA
May 8, 1980

Mudd Club, NYC
Nagra 2-track "near the cash register behind the bar"
Recording engineer: Claus Wiedemann


May 23-July 3, 1980
Europe

July 3, 1980

Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
PCM 1600 2-track digital
Recording engineer: Mick Glossop


July-September, 1980

UMRK
Recording engineers: Mark Pinske & Allen Sides

FZ with:

July 8, 1980 David Logeman  
July 9, 1980

Ike Willis
Ray White
Tommy Mars
Arthur Barrow
David Logeman

 
July 10, 1980

Ike Willis
Ray White
Tommy Mars
Arthur Barrow
David Logeman

 
July 18, 1980

Ike Willis
Tommy Mars
Arthur Barrow
David Logeman

July 21, 1980 Ike Willis
Ray White
Tommy Mars
Arthur Barrow
David Logeman
July 22, 1980 Ike Willis
Ray White
Tommy Mars
Arthur Barrow
David Logeman
July 28, 1980 Ike Willis
Ray White
Tommy Mars
Arthur Barrow
David Logeman
July 29, 1980 Ike Willis
Ray White
Tommy Mars
Arthur Barrow
David Logeman
August 1, 1980 Tommy Mars
August 4, 1980 Ike Willis
Ray White
Tommy Mars
Arthur Barrow
August 5, 1980 Ray White
Tommy Mars
Arthur Barrow
David Logeman
August 6, 1980 Tommy Mars
August 7, 1980 Tommy Mars
August 8, 1980 Tommy Mars
August 11, 1980 Ike Willis
Ray White
Tommy Mars
August 12, 1980 Ike Willis
Ray White
August 14, 1980 Ike Willis
Ray White
August 15, 1980 Ike Willis
Ray White
August 18-19, 1980 Denny Walley
Craig Steward
August 19, 1980 Ike Willis
Ray White
Denny Walley
August 20, 1980 Ike Willis
Ray White
Bob Harris
August 21, 1980 Ike Willis
Ray White
August 22, 1980 Ike Willis
Ray White
Denny Walley
August 23, 1980 Steve Vai
August 25, 1980 Ike Willis
Ray White
Bob Harris
August 26, 1980 Ike Willis
Ray White
Bob Harris
August 27, 1980 Ike Willis
Ray White
Bob Harris
August 28, 1980 Ike Willis
Ray White
Bob Harris
August 29, 1980 Ike Willis
Ray White
Bob Harris
August 30, 1980 Ike Willis
Ray White
Bob Harris
September 1, 1980 Ike Willis
Ray White
Bob Harris
September 2, 1980 Ike Willis
Ray White
David Ocker
September 2-3, 1980 Ike Willis
Ray White
David Ocker
September 3, 1980 Ike Willis
Ray White
Bob Harris
 
September 4, 1980 Steve Vai
September 5, 1980 Steve Vai
September 6, 1980 Steve Vai
September 7, 1980 Steve Vai
September 8, 1980 Steve Vai
September 9, 1980 Steve Vai
September 10, 1980 Steve Vai
September 11, 1980 Bob Harris
September-October, 1980 Rehearsals  

October 10-December 11, 1980
US & Canada

 

Zappa Band:
FZ—guitar, vocals
Ike Willis—guitar, vocals
Ray White—guitar, vocals
Steve Vai—guitar
Tommy Mars—keyboards
Bob Harris—keyboards, trumpet, vocals
Arthur Barrow—bass
Vinnie Colaiuta—drums

Zappa '80

October 16, 1980

Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin, Texas
UMRK Portable Studio (24-track analog)
Recording engineer: George Douglas (the same for the rest of the tour except where indicated)

October 17, 1980

Convention Center, Dallas, Texas

October 18, 1980 Brady Theater, Tulsa, Oklahoma

October 19, 1980

KPFT Houston
FZ plays his next album called Crush All Boxes (re-worked later as parts of You Are What You Is)
 
October 25, 1980 Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY
October 30, 1980 The Palladium, NYC
November 15, 1980 Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois
November 16, 1980 Dane County Coliseum, Madison, Wisconsin
December 3, 1980 Terrace Ballroom, Salt Lake City, Utah (late show)
December 5, 1980

Berkeley Community Theater
Recording engineer: Tom Flye

December 11, 1980

Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California
Recording engineers: George Douglas with Thom Ehle

October-December, 1980 Unidentified date & venue

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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 and sessions information 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: 2014-09-14