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Frank Zappa Built Vault Beneath His House To Keep Recordings

8th October 2014

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...

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Frank Zappa's Daughter Finalises Divorce

11th April 2014

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...

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

24th October 2013

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...

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

By Elinor Cosgrave | 7th August 2013

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...

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Frank Zappa's Widow Explains Unusual Kids' Names

30th July 2013

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...

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

26th June 2013

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...

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Adrian Belew Quits Nine Inch Nails

7th June 2013

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...

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The Black Keys Blocked From Vanilla Ice

18th January 2013

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...

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

18th January 2013

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...

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

25th February 2012

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...

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Moon Unit Zappa Files For Divorce

4th January 2012

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...

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Frank Zappa Sidekick Sherwood Dead

28th December 2011

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...

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

22nd December 2011

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...

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Elton John Praises 'Genius' Kanye West

2nd February 2011

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...

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Captain Beefheart Dies Aged 69

20th December 2010

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...

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Zappa Honoured In Baltimore

20th September 2010

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...

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Waits' Music Manager Dies

18th March 2010

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...

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Zappa To Head Disney's Comic Book Empire

27th December 2009

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...

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Dead Weather's Prison Calls

3rd December 2009

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...

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Zappa's Widow Loses Festival Battle

28th January 2009

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...

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Zappa's Drummer Dead

5th November 2008

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...

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Fraggle Rock Set For Big Screen Outing

13th May 2008

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

8th May 2008

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...

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Zappa's Widow Battles Festival Named After Him

10th April 2008

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...

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Korn Lose Another Drummer

6th April 2007

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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Rock Trio Land Rockwalk Honour

12th January 2007

Rockers SLASH, RONNIE JAMES DIO and FRANK ZAPPA's drummer TERRY BOZZIO are to be enshrined in Hollywood's RockWalk. The trio will be honoured on Sunset Boulevard next week (17JAN07), where their handprints and signatures will...

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Blair And Zappa Divorce Finalised

1st December 2006

Hollywood star SELMA BLAIR and actor AHMET ZAPPA are officially divorced after two years of marriage. The couple married in January 2004, after dating for six months, in a traditional Jewish ceremony at the Beverly...

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'Fraggle Rock: The Movie On Its Way

20th October 2006

Cult children's TV show FRAGGLE ROCK is coming to the big screen, and is being developed by AHMET ZAPPA, the son of rocker FRANK ZAPPA. The hit 1980s muppet series, originally created by JIM HENSON,...

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Blair Finds New Love

29th September 2006

SELMA BLAIR has abandoned attempts to repair her marriage to AHMET ZAPPA and already found a new man to replace him. The pair ended their two year marriage earlier this year and filed for divorce...

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Hawley's Longpigs Nightmare

29th August 2006

Mercury Music Prize nominee RICHARD HAWLEY missed out on his baby daughter's first steps during a troubled stint with British band THE LONGPIGS, because he was rushed off on a nine-month tour just hours after...

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