Rock n Roll

Rock 'n Roll is here to stay

Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa

 

This I consider, even though I knew it was a limited run for me, to be a true honor and wonderful experience in life to have worked with the great Frank Zappa.  I can't say enough about this man, he was hard on everyone but he also gave of himself everything in return.  The man was a perfectionist to the 'nth degree.  I only did 2 tours with Frank, that was the period when Terry Bozio, George Duke, Captain Beefheart, toured with frank.  What a band of musicians that was.  Anyway; Frank had hired this you guy to be his lighting director, while Jim Moody, my boss, from Sundance Lighting built and designed the lighting for him.  My job was to co-direct the lighting and teach the new guy how to read the musicians so you could tell when thy were going to take a solo or change the beat or whatever, as well as when to choose which colors to use and why.

During rehearsals I very quickly realized that putting the lighting console out in the audience next to the sound board was not going to work at all.  We always put the consoles together so we could be hearing and seeing the show exactly as the audience does to be more pleasing.  But with Frank he conducted the band while he was playing and the only way to see those very subtle movements could only be done from on stage.  So while the sound monitor system took up Stage Left, Lighting took over stage Right.  A strange situation but nothing that we couldn't over come and work with.