FZ chronology

1976

January 6, 1976 Rehearsal

January 11-March 13, 1976
Australia, Japan & Europe 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
February 3, 1976 Kosei Nenkin Kaikan, Osaka, Japan
February 5, 1976 Nihon Seinenkan, Tokyo, Japan
March 3, 1976 Tivolis Koncertsal, Copenhagen, Denmark (early show)

 

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

Record Plant, LA

Engineer: Michael Braunstein and/or Davey Moire

FZ—guitar
Dave Parlato—bass
Terry Bozzio—drums

May-June?, 1976

Record Plant, LA

Engineer: Michael Braunstein and/or Davey Moire

FZ—guitar, bass
Terry Bozzio—drums

May-June?, 1976

Record Plant, LA

Engineer: Michael Braunstein and/or 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

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

October-November 25, 1976
US & Canada Tour

  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, 1976
New York City, NY

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

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
European Tour

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)

 

early 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-December 31, 1977
US (& Canada) Tour

  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
 
October 28, 1977

The Palladium, NYC

Record Plant Mobile (?)
Engineer: Kerry McNab

October 29, 1977

The Palladium, NYC

Record Plant Mobile (?)
Engineer: Kerry McNab

October 30, 1977

The Palladium, NYC

Record Plant Mobile (?)
Engineer: Kerry McNab

October 31, 1977

The Palladium, NYC

Record Plant Mobile (?)
Engineer: Kerry McNab

October 28-31, 1977

The Palladium, NYC

Record Plant Mobile (?)
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  

1978

Early 1978 Rehearsals at Sheperton Studios, London, UK  

January 24-February 28, 1978
European Tour

January 25, 1978 Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK
January 26, 1978 Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK
January 27, 1978 Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK
February 15, 1978

Deutschlandhalle, Berlin, Germany

Scully 4-track analog

February 24, 1978 Rhein-Neckar Stadion, Eppelheim, Germany
February 25, 1978

Hemmerleinhalle, Neunkirchen am Brand, Germany

Scully 4-track analog
Recording engineer: Davey Moire

February 28, 1978 Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK
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. March, 1978

Village Recorders, LA

Recording 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 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-October 31, 1978
Europe, US & Canada Tour

  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, 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*

 

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 (or Island) Mobile
Recording engineer: Mick Glossop

February 18, 1979

Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK

Rolling Stones (or Island) Mobile
Recording engineer: Mick Glossop

February 19, 1979

Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK

Rolling Stones (or Island) 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: Klaus Wiedemann

March 31, 1979

Rudi-Sedlmeyer Sporthalle, Munich, Germany (early show)

Scully 4-track analog
Recording engineer: Klaus Wiedemann

March 31, 1979

Rudi-Sedlmeyer Sporthalle, Munich, Germany (late show)

Scully 4-track analog
Recording engineer: Klaus Wiedemann

April 1, 1979 Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland

 

April-June, 1979

Village Recorders, LA

Recording engineer: Joe Chiccarelli

FZ—vocals
Ike Willis—vocals
Warren Cuccurullo—guitar, electric sitar
Denny Walley—guitar, slide guitar
Peter Wolf—keyboards
Tommy Mars—keyboards*
Arthur Barrow—bass, guitar
Ed Mann—percussion
Vinnie Colaiuta—drums
Al Malkin—vocals

 

Dale Bozzio—vocals

  Terry Bozzio—vocals
  Craig Steward—harmonica
  Jeff—tenor sax
Marginal Chagrin—baritone sax
Stumuk—bass sax
 

Patrick O'Hearn—bass

1979 Ken-Dun Studios, LA
May 4, 1979 Frank Zappa Orchestral Favorites (LP, DiscReet DSK 2294)
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  
1979

UMRK?

Recording engineer: Steve Nye

Warren Cuccurullo—rhythm guitar

1979

UMRK?

Recording engineer: Steve Nye

FZ—lead guitar

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 1980

Ocean Way Recorders, Hollywood

Recording engineer: Alan Sides (probably)

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 Tour

 

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: Klaus Wiedemann

May 23-July 3, 1980
European Tour

July 3, 1980

Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany

PCM 1600 2-track digital
Recording engineer: Mick Glossop

 

July-September, 1980

UMRK

Recording engineers: Mark Pinske & Alan Sides

September-October, 1980 Rehearsals  

October-December, 1980
US & Canada Tour

 

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: Tommy Fly

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 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: 2014-07-21