Thursday, November 9, 2006

Halloween Insanity

Well, I'm once again at home, coping with the extreme gear shift from being in a different city every night to being on my couch for hours at a time. It's hard to not get a little bored and down, but in mere weeks I'll be back in rehearsals for the December run with Zappa Plays Zappa. Our last tour was more of the same; amazing crowds, inspiring performances from my bandmates, random adventures in strange locales, and the cherry on top, playing the Theater at Madison Square Garden on Halloween.

That night I got to play for not only 5,000 crazed Zappa fans on their favorite night of the year, not only my family and friends from the New York area, but also in attendance was my High School band teacher Carl Strommen who I haven't seen since 1997. It was amazing to look out in the audience and see him standing not far from the group of 6 or 7 guys dressed like Sheik Yerbouti, and somehow have it all make perfect sense to me.

In other Zappa news, Trance-Fusion is out, and it's incredible. Frank's guitar playing continues to inspire me, and listening to the bassists from the different bands represented on this album only reminds me how much of an influence they all were on me collectively.

I'm excited to announce that I'll be doing another show with the Edgar Winter Band on November 18th at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA.

There's new pics on the Photos page including several from the last bunch of ZPZ shows as well as some of me playing with Edgar.

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