“It Blew My Mind!” The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa LIVE! at the Count Basie Center
The New Jersey Stage came to see the “Bizarre World of Frank Zappa” show at the Count Basie Theater, in Red Bank, NJ. They not only loved the show, but also had a chance to speak with Eyellusion’s own Ahmet Zappa and Jeff Pezzuti, as well as some of the fans in attendance!
The crowd is abuzz with excitement this Monday, April 22, 2019 at the Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre inside Red Bank, NJ’s Count Basie Center for the Arts as they anxiously await a performance of The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa.
The show is produced by Eyellusion, the hologram company that created the technology for the Ronnie James Dio heavy metal hologram show. That production, which debuted in Germany in 2016, has an upcoming US inaugural tour with a New Jersey performance scheduled for June 8 at Asbury Park’s Paramount Theatre.
Frank Zappa’s son, Ahmet Zappa, is an executive vice president of business development for Eyellusion and is also a co-trustee of the Zappa Family Trust. As such, the idea of a Frank Zappa hologram tour seemed like a natural to the visionary musician’s son.
Says Ahmet about the production, “The development of Bizarre World has been a herculean undertaking and an extremely emotional journey for me. Weirdly, it’s also been one of the most creatively satisfying projects that I have ever had the privilege of working on.”
“It’s fascinating to me how into holograms my dad was,” notes Ahmet adding, “The fact that we’re now finally able to technologically bring to life the ideas and concepts my father talked about so many years ago is astonishing,” before concluding, “People’s minds, eyes, and ears will be stunned by the crazy amounts of awesomeness they’ll be exposed to every night on this tour.”
“We want to appeal to Zappa fans, but the show is built for new fans, too,” Pezzuti explains, “It’s a fun concept where the younger generation can have a new experience with Frank Zappa’s music,” before concluding, “We’ve reset the mark for Zappa shows — I can guarantee no one’s seen a show like this before.”