Ex-Zappa/Mothers Musicians to Tour


Who are the brain police, indeed?


By Blurt


Don Preston and Bunk Gardner, both
original members of Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention, will be touring the
East Coast next month as The Don & Bunk Show. The duo will be playing a
full range of Zappa’s music from Freak
to Zoot Allures. The evening
will be full of the zany antics, wild improvisations and strange electronic
music the early Mothers were famous for, along with the expert mastery of their
instruments. “We’re doing this tour because I think Zappa fans need to
come and hear how Zappa’s music was performed by the originals,” says Don
Preston. “Hey people! We’re still doing it!”


Among the Zappa tunes they’re planning
on performing: Uncle Meat, A Pound For A Brown On The Bus, Holiday In Berlin
Full Blown, I Am The Slime, Duke Of Prunes, Eric Dolphy’s Memorial
Barbeque, Who Are The Brain Police.



Preston and Gardner,
of course, played on such classic Zappa/Mothers fare as Absolutely Free, We’re Only In It For The Money, Cruising With Ruben
& the Jets, Uncle Meat, Burnt Weeny Sandwich
and Weasels Ripped My Flesh. Gardner also appeared on Zappa’s first
solo venture Lumpy Gravy, while
Preston went on to appear on several albums after the break-up of the original
Mothers, which include Fillmore East,
June 1971, Just Another Band From L.A., Roxy & Elsewhere
as well as the
feature film 200 Motels.

The Don & Bunk Show started in 2001 and they have recorded two CDs to date for
Brain Records: Ahead Of Their Time and Joined At The Hip. Bunk has also
recorded and/or performed with the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra, Geronimo
Black, Tim Buckley, The 4 Winds Ensemble, ANT-BEE and many others. Don Preston
has recorded/performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gil Evans, Carla
Bley, The Residents and many others. He has also completed 23 film scores
including Apocalypse Now.


Tour Dates:

Feb 10 Thur – REGGIE’S – Chicago,

Feb 11 Fri. – Papa Pete’s – Kalamazoo, MI

Feb 12 Sat – Magic Bag – Ferndale, MI (Detroit)

Feb 13 Sun – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH

Feb 16 Wed – The Abilene
– Rochester, NY

Feb 17 Thurs – Bearsville – Woodstock, NY

Feb 18 Fri – The Rongovian Embassy – Trumansburg, NY

Feb 19 Sat – The Magic Room – Boston, MA

Feb 21 Mon – The Rotunda -Philadelphia, PA

Feb 22 Tues – Mexicali Live – Teaneck, NJ
(special gig featuring Project Object and Zappa alumni Ray White and Ike Willis)

Feb 25 Fri – The Funhouse – Bethlehem, PA

Feb 26 Sat- Orion – Baltimore, MD

Feb 27 Sun – Hard Rock Cafe – Pittsburgh, PA



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