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    Dweezil Zappa Solo Tour

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    Dweezil Zappa Kicks off First Solo Tour in a Decade in Support of New Album Via Zammata’
     
    Zappa Plays Zappa Officially Changes Name to ‘Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa’ (Under Duress from the Zappa Family Trust) US Summer Tour Announced
     
    Dweezil Zappa will be on tour this week in support of Via Zammata’, his first album in a decade.  Backed by his longtime ensemble (formerly known as Zappa Plays Zappa), Dweezil will hit the northeast, including NYC on May 6 at the Gramercy Theater. 
     
    “Dweezil is making his long-awaited return to original composition with a new LP of his own, Via Zammata’, and now he’s armed with untold amounts of experience and insight gained from mastering his father’s genius,” writes Spin Magazine.  “The resu
    lting record, named for the Sicilian street that the Zappas once emigrated from, is a fitting mixture of legacy and creation.”
     
    Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa
     
    For over a decade, Dweezil has been honoring Frank’s music by playing over a thousand dates worldwide with his Grammy-winning project, Zappa Plays Zappa.   
     
    The ensemble now has a new name:  Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa.
     
    When Gail Zappa passed, she named Dweezil’s siblings, Ahmet and Diva Zappa, trustees of the Zappa estate (Dweezil and Moon were not named trustees). 
     
     
    “This month, the Zappa Family Trust, which owns the rights to Mr. Zappa’s music, informed Dweezil that he did not have permission to tour as Zappa Plays Zappa – the name is a trademark owned by the trust -and that he risked copyright infringement damages of $150,000 each time he played a song without proper permission.”Dweezil
     
    “My last name is Zappa; my father was Frank Zappa,” Dweezil said. “But I am not allowed to use the name on its own. I’m not allowed to use a picture of him. I’m not allowed to use my own connection with him without some sort of deal to be struck.”
     
    “I just hope people will understand,” he said, “that the only thing I’m changing is the name.”
     
     
    Dweezil Zappa Via Zammata’ Tour
    May 3 – Ridgefield, CT  Ridgefield Playhouse
    May 4 – Admore, PA  Admore Music Hall
    May 5 – Alexandria, VA  The Birchmere
    May 6 – New York, NY  The Gramercy Theatre
    May 7  – Boston, MA  Brighton Music Hall
     
    Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa
    July 1  El Pado, NM  Taos Mesa Brewing
    July 2  Morrison, CO  Red Rocks Amphitheater
    July 5  Detroit, MI  Royal Oak Music Theatre
    July 6  New Buffalo, MI  Four Winds Casino
    July 7  Buffalo, NY  Thursday at Canalside
    July 8  Port Chester, NY  The Capitol Theatre
    July 9  Montclair, NJ  Wellmont Theatre
    July 10  Huntington, NY  The Paramount