Classic Rock Briefs For October 21, 2008

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Zappa Still Playing Zappa

Although Frank Zappa passed on about 15 years ago, his music lives on thanks to his son Dweezil and members of his group who continue to perform the elder Zappa’s often extraordinarily difficult (to perform) music for live audiences.

In a recent chat, Zappa talks about the difficulties of presenting his father’s music in a way that remains true to its legacy, as well as how he and his siblings managed to avoid many of the pitfalls of life that have plagued so many others with similar backgrounds. Full Story.

Possible Aerosmith Tour In The Works For Spring of 2009

Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford says that the Boston-based group is planning a tour in the spring, but is not optimistic that any new material will be ready before that time.

Expressing what might be a little bit of frustration, Whitford says they currently have the basic “guts of a new album,” but with each member off doing their own projects, he doubts there will be sufficient time to refine the new material enough to create a new album. Full Story.

Neil Peart and Terry Bozzio Appear At Buddy Rich Memorial Concert

Speaking of Frank Zappa, his one-time drummer Terry Bozzio, joined Neil Peart and other noted musicians at the recent Buddy Rich Memorial Concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

Being familiar with the work of both Bozzio and Peart, it is difficult for me to decide which ones amazes me more.

Below you may be able to see Peart’s solo. YouTube has been yanking down some of the videos from this event, so I am not sure if it will remain available.

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