BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Project/Object, the longest continually touring alumni-based Zappa tribute band in the world, has toured for over 20 years with more Zappa alumni than anyone other than Zappa himself. They will be coming to The Acoustic in Bridgeport on April 7 as they kick off their new tour.
Its legendary tours of the USA, Canada, and Europe have paved the way for a rich variety of other excellent, contemporary Zappa tributes. Project/Object is the band that brought most of the currently touring Zappa band alumni out of retirement and onto the road.
The list of Zappa alumni that have appeared with the band includes musicians from the first Mothers Of Invention album through the last Zappa tour in 1988. Project/Object will be back in action in April with a new tour that reunites old friends Ike Willis and Don Preston.
This tour will feature material that each of them recorded with Zappa, as well as their personal favorites, plus classics from every era.
Ike Willis, voice of Joe’s Garage and Thingfish, handled lead vocals and rhythm guitar for virtually every Zappa Band tour and album from 1978 through the final FZ tour of 1988. His booming baritone is the most requested presence by fans worldwide.
Don Preston was in the early Mothers Of Invention, starting with the classics Absolutely Free and We’re Only In It For the Money. He played on all the Mothers records until 1974’s Roxy and Elsewhere. Preston is also well known as a synthesizer and jazz pioneer and is responsible for scoring many film soundtracks including "Apocalypse Now."
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