There aren’t too many pro-shot Frank Zappa concerts in circulation, and we’ve already shared a few of ‘em for previous Full Show Friday columns, but we’ve got another one up our proverbial sleeves. On June 11, 1980 Zappa and his “Rockin’ Teenage Combo” visited Palais des Sports in Paris, France. The show was broadcast on French TV later that year and rebroadcast in 2007.
The band for this show featured Zappa along with guitarists Ike Willis and Ray White, keyboardist Tommy Mars, bassist Arthur Barrow and David Logeman – one of the smallest bands in Frank’s history. Played just a year after the release of Joe’s Garage, the evening’s setlist only included a handful of tracks from the Rock Opera including the title track, Why Does It Hurt When I Pee? and Keep It Greasey. The 26-song performance is delightfully guitar-heavy and contains a number of impressive solos. An interesting moment occurs in the middle of Pound For A Brown, when Frank advises the crowd the band is going to perform something for a mystery guest. Turns out that guest was Pierre Boulez, one of the most distinguished composers and conductors in the world.
Enough of the small talk, check out over two wonderful hours of FZ in action: