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Alex Winter Has A Huge Task Ahead Of Him As He Tackles Frank Zappa Documentary

The actor-turned-director, who is a huge Zappa fan, was given access to the family's vaults earlier this year (15) when the late musician's widow, Gail, agreed he should be the person to put...

Ahmet Zappa: 'Dad Had Super Hearing Powers'

Ahmet Zappa, who now runs the Zappa Family Trust following the death of his mother Gail earlier this month (Oct15), insists the methods his dad used to tackle the ulcers he'd suffered since...

Ahmet Zappa Remembers Late Mum At Concert Movie Premiere

The musician and producer introduced the remastered and reworked footage taken from Frank Zappa's three-night stint at The Roxy theatre in Los Angeles in December, 1973, at the screening, which was staged just...

Frank Zappa's Widow Loses Cancer Battle At 70

Gail Zappa, who was the keeper of her husband's legacy, lost her battle with cancer on Wednesday (07Oct15). Cancer also claimed the life of her husband in 1993. The couple wed in...

Alex Winter Tapped To Direct Frank Zappa Documentary

The Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure star will also write and produce the project in co-operation with the Zappa Family Trust, a collaboration which allows Winter exclusive access to the Zappa Vault....

Frank Zappa Built Vault Beneath His House To Keep Recordings

Late rock eccentric Frank Zappa's wife Gail has revealed her husband was such a prolific songwriter, the couple had to build a huge vault beneath the family home to store all of his recordings.As Gail...

Frank Zappa's Daughter Finalises Divorce

Frank Zappa's daughter Moon Unit has finalised her divorce from her musician husband Paul Doucette.Matchbox Twenty star Doucette will pay $8,000 (£5,000) a month in spousal support for five years and $6,000 (£3,750) a month...

Frank Zappa's Son To Mark 40th Anniversary Of Roxy Shows

Eccentric rock legend Frank Zappa's son Dweezil is to mark the 40th anniversary of his late dad's fabled 1973 three-night Roxy & Elsewhere stint in Los Angeles by recreating the shows at the same venue.Dweezil...

Iconic Jazz Keyboardist, George Duke, Died In L.a. Hospital On Monday

George Duke, the American jazz musician, died in L.A. on Monday (August 5th). His cause of death has been confirmed by his family, as reported by the Washington Post, as chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. He was...

Frank Zappa's Widow Explains Unusual Kids' Names

Frank Zappa's widow has opened up about the unusual names the couple picked for its four children, revealing the late rock legend considered calling his eldest daughter Motorhead.The eccentric trailblazer and his wife Gail fell...

Indepth John Lennon And Mick Jagger Interviews To Be Released As Downloads

Journalist, broadcaster and Oscar-winning documentarian Howard Smith's radio interviews with the likes of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger and Frank Zappa are to be made available for the first time in...

Adrian Belew Quits Nine Inch Nails

Adrian Belew has quit Nine Inch Nails.The 63-year-old guitarist has parted ways with the band after a discussion with frontman Trent Reznor - who was inspired by Adrian to reform the group - in which...

The Black Keys Blocked From Vanilla Ice

The Black Keys Patrick Carney's dad threw out his Vanilla Ice tape.The drummer said his first album was the rapper's 1990 debut 'To The Extreme' but his dad tried to throw it away because he...

Frank Zappa's 200 Motels Score To Make London Debut After 42 Years

Eccentric rocker Frank Zappa's controversial 200 Motels film score is to have its premiere at this year's (13) The Rest is Noise classical music festival in London, 42 years after it was banned in the...

Frank Zappa's Bassist Sentenced To 25 Years For Child Abuse

Legendary rocker Frank Zappa's longtime bassist Roy Estrada has been sentenced to serve 25 years behind bars for child abuse.The 68 year old, who served time in a California prison for committing a lewd act...

Moon Unit Zappa Files For Divorce

Frank Zappa's actress daughter Moon Unit has filed for divorce from Matchbox 20 rocker Paul Doucette.The couple has been married for nine years and share a seven-year-old daughter, named Mathilda Plum. Zappa filed the papers...

Frank Zappa Sidekick Sherwood Dead

Frank Zappa's Mothers Of Invention madcap sidekick Jim 'MOTORHEAD' SHERWOOD has died, aged 69.The classically-trained multi-instrumentalist and vocalist passed away on Christmas Day (25Dec11), according to RollingStone.com. Sherwood was a longtime friend of Zappa's, who...

Captain Beefheart And Frank Zappa's 'Lost' Album Set For Release

Late american rocker Captain Beefheart is set for a posthumous return to the charts - a 'lost' album he made with music icon Frank Zappa is set to be released next month (Jan12).The star, real...

Elton John Praises 'Genius' Kanye West

Sir Elton John has hailed Kanye West a "stone cold genius".The legendary 'Rocket Man' singer said he is completely blown away by the 'Power' rapper's vision and ability to marry genres and hailed his last...

Captain Beefheart Dies Aged 69

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART aka DON VAN VLIET, the American musician and painter, has died aged 69, reports BBC News. He passed away in California from complications of the multiple sclerosis that he suffered from, according to...

Zappa Honoured In Baltimore

Late rock legend FRANK ZAPPA has been honoured in his native Baltimore, Maryland with a bronze bust likeness.The statue, which was unveiled outside a city library on Sunday (19Sep10), is a replica of one which...

Waits' Music Manager Dies

TOM WAITS and FRANK ZAPPA's former music manager HERB COHEN has died, aged 77.Cohen died of unknown causes on Tuesday (16Mar10) in Napa, California. In addition to Waits, his clients included Zappa's Mothers of...

Zappa To Head Disney's Comic Book Empire

FRANK ZAPPA's son AHMET has been hired to run Disney's Kingdom Comics after movie studio executives previously bought the rights to a graphic novel he started writing when he was just 12.Disney now owns the...

Dead Weather's Prison Calls

The Dead Weather had to convince a prison they weren't starting a riot.The group filmed their promotional video for 'Treat Me Like Your Mother' in California and because the clip sees them using firearms, they...

Zappa's Widow Loses Festival Battle

FRANK ZAPPA's widow has lost her legal battle against a German festival named after the late rocker. Gail Zappa and her family trust challenged organisers of the Zappanale Festival, which takes place annually in the town...

Zappa's Drummer Dead

JIMMY CARL BLACK, the original drummer for FRANK ZAPPA's MOTHERS OF INVENTION, has lost his battle with lung cancer. Black died on Sunday (02Nov08). He was 70. He was a member of the cult act...

Fraggle Rock Set For Big Screen Outing

Fraggle Rock is set to become a live-action musical with a mix of humans and the Jim Henson puppets, according to a report.Variety claims The Weinstein Co (TWC) wants to turn the children's TV series...

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Zappa Sculpture Erected

Rock legend FRANK ZAPPA has been immortalised in the form of a bronze sculpture - for the second time. In 1995, a group of Lithuanian artists erected a bust of the rocker in Vilnius, the...

Zappa's Widow Battles Festival Named After Him

FRANK ZAPPA's widow GAIL has launched a battle to block a German music festival named after the late star. She claims the Zappanale, organised by German Zappa fan club the Arf Society, and its logo...

Korn Lose Another Drummer

Heavy rockers KORN have lost a second drummer in just three months, after TERRY BOZZIO walked away from the band. Bozzio, who had worked with FRANK ZAPPA in the past, stepped in last December (06)...

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