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May 2, 2019
Frank Zappa, shown here performing in 1978, died in 1993. A show from hologram company Eyellusion in cooperation with the Zappa Family Trust features a hologram of the late guitarist playing with live members of his former bands.The show had a preview at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage last month. (AP File Photo) PUBLISHED: | UPDATED: May 2, 2019 at 8:14 am A video on a gigantic screen shows planets and clusters of bright stars in deep space during the opening of Frank Zappa’s song “Cosmik Debris.” It’s not long before the clusters suddenly come together in one segment of the screen to form a life-size hologram of the late singer. Zappa died nearly 26 years ago, but his 3D hologram during “Cosmik Debris” is so realistic that it makes it seem almost as though he is standing there, in the flesh, singing and playing guitar on stage. “Cosmik Debris” is just one of 20 different songs that will be played during each two-hour show of the “The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa,” a hologram tour being produced by hologram company Eyellusion in cooperation with the Zappa Family Trust. The tour, which kicked off April 19 in Port Chester, New York, brings Zappa to life in a couple different ways. In some songs, such as “Cosmik Debris,” the hologram of Zappa is three dimensional and he looks as though he’s playing on stage, and with others, his visage is flat on the screen and made up of other images such as newspaper clippings and yet in other videos Zappa becomes a cartoon. Frank Zappa, shown here in Hamburg, Germany in 1968, died in 1993. The guitarist has been turned into a hologram for a new tour that had a preview at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage last month. (AP File Photo) American musician Frank Zappa, frontman of the Mothers of Invention, in shown enjoying a cigarette in Sept. 1972. The guitarist, who died in 1993, has been given the hologram treatment for a new tour that had a preview at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage last month. (AP File Photo) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Frank Zappa, shown here performing in 1978, died in 1993. A show from hologram company Eyellusion in cooperation with the Zappa Family Trust features a hologram of the late guitarist playing with live members of his former bands.The show had a preview at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage last month. (AP File Photo) Show Caption The audio in the show is unreleased audio from the Zappa vault and some of the songs compositions that will be played are ones that no one has heard before. Many of Zappa’s former bandmates will play along with holographic representations of the singer for almost every song. That list includes guitarists Ray White and Mike Keneally; multi-instrumentalist Robert Martin; drummer Joe “Vaultmeister” Travers; bassist Scott Thunes and percussionist Ed Mann. A preview of the hologram show was held at The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage where guests got to hear four of Zappa’s songs — “Cosmik Debris,” “Montana,” “Trouble Every Day” and “Dinah Moe Humm.” Ahmet Zappa, executive vice president of Global Business Development at Eyellusion and Zappa’s son, said the inspiration to do a hologram tour for the late musician came from his father himself, who had an interest in doing holographic shows. The younger Zappa recalls his dad telling him about his interest in holograms amid other “huge, crazy ideas.” He had plenty of thoughts on how novel they could be. “He started talking about the benefits of his inspiration, which was like, ‘look if I could have a hologram show, out on the road, I could stay home and I could be working on new music,’” Ahmet Zappa said. “Or he’s like, ‘We could have a world tour in one night,’ where if they had the hardware, the technology, it could be at multiple venues.” Despite having the interest and some principal concepts worked out, Zappa was unable to get the funding for his idea and so he never saw it through to fruition, according to his son. “I feel like I’m picking up where he left off and actually seeing something through to completion, something that he wanted to accomplish,” Ahmet Zappa said. “So that’s where the real inspiration comes from.” The performances The segment of the tour for “Cosmik Debris” is full of images of space and neon-colored objects that correspond with words in Zappa’s song. When he sings of a “can of foaming goo” a picture of a razor and shaving cream with a label that says “foaming goo” appears on the screen behind him. When he sings the line “Now is that a real poncho or is that a Sears poncho?” a picture of a poncho appears. The video that appears during the song “Montana,” where Zappa sings about raising up a crop of dental floss, has a flat, animated version of Zappa riding a horse and driving a car. The lines of the animation are supposed to be dental floss that are coming from a box on a portion of the screen. The song “Trouble Everyday” has pictures with newspaper headlines describing shootings and riots. A video of Zappa singing and playing guitar are compiled out of images of news clippings. During “Dinah Moe Humm,” Zappa, becomes a leisure suit wearing disco action figure accompanied by two barbie doll like figures with cotton candy pink and electric blue hair. They dance alongside Zappa as he sings the words to the very raunchy song. Jeff Pezzuti, founder of Eyellusion, said the very nature of having a hologram business allowed he and Ahmet Zappa to think outside of the box and get extreme as possible with some of the visuals. “We set out (for) what has never been done on stage and how do we make that actually happen, make those dreams come true,” he said. Ahmet Zappa said some of the visual elements in the show were picked for very specific reasons. Related Articles “There are things in the show that are personal to me, that are only moments I had with Frank that exist in this show,” he said. “Every song has some sort of nuance that has a double meaning for me. It could be something that happened the first time I heard that song and how that made me feel. Some of these things in the show were things my dad did that were funny; it was something that was not necessarily connected to the song but it’s a mutation of like this moment in time that I then try to manifest visually to go along with the song.” Ahmet Zappa said he wishes his dad were around to see the show, and moreover that he was around to help work on it. “I would love to think that he would be proud of the different art styles and the different experiences that were created because each song you go from like world to world to world,” he said. “It’s a different aesthetic, a different color palette and all of these things have to work together and all of these things were directly inspired by things I had a relationship with, with him.” Zappa fans on the West Coast will have to wait a little while before being able to see the show. After the initial East Coast run, the tour will head across the pond to Europe. 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