Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Frank Zappa Gravely Fond Of Halloween

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Frank Zappa was known for his absurdist social commentary and music so maybe it’s no surprise that Halloween was his favorite holiday.

Zappa’s widow, Gail, says her late hubby loved Halloween but not so much because of the candy but because he “liked the idea of a holiday wrought with arcane references.”

He was also fond of trick-or-treating and spent a couple of Halloweens taking his daughter to various houses wearing a pair of tiger-striped ears with a tiger tail sticking out of his back pocket.

But, as a musician, Zappa spent most of them on the road, especially in New York, where his Oct. 31 performances were an annual tradition.

Now, Gail is bringing back the spirit of those Halloween concerts with Frank Zappa’s Dub Room Special, a DVD comprising two rare TV specials tailored around Halloween, including a claymation sequence.

Gail isn’t ignoring other holidays though. She is planning to release about five to eight titles per year of Zappa’s stuff including two more before Christmas.

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