“The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa” hologram tour is set to hit music venues in late 2018. Longtime and legendary Zappa players Ray White, Mike Keneally, Scott Thunes, Robert Martin and Joe “Vaultmeister” Travers are set to perform as the show’s touring lineup; they will be joined along the way by Steve Vai, Warren Cuccurullo, Ian Underwood, Vinnie Colaiuta, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Arthur Barrow, Ed Mann and more. Hologram production company Eyellusion is producing the tour in close cooperation with the Zappa Family Trust. Son Ahmet Zappa, EVP of business development for Eyellusion and co-trustee of the Zappa Family Trust, said in part “my father and I actively discussed 3D and ‘holography’ and it was a concept he actively engaged in. He actually devoted half a chapter of his ‘The Real Frank Zappa Book’ to this subject. This is a love letter and a journey celebrating the genius artistry of Frank Zappa. On a personal note, I feel like I am finishing something my father started years ago.”
Queen and Adam Lambert have announced five summer dates in the UK and Europe. They performed 25 live shows last November and December, and they’ve now revealed dates in Cologne, Berlin, Hamburg, Milan, with a final performance at London’s O2 Arena on July 2. Further shows in Portugal, Spain, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands and Belgium are expected to be announced as well. Guitarist Brian May says: “The almost unanimous reaction to our last round of dates in Europe was this is absolutely the best production we’ve ever mounted. Vocalist Lambert adds: “I enjoyed every second of the recent European tour and really felt the love in every city. I can’t wait for us to get back there again.” The tour will once again feature the stage production conceived around the 40th anniversary of Queen’s News Of The World album. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, February 9.
The night before Dave Matthews Band perform at a pre-Super Bowl show in Minneapolis, the group’s longtime violinist Boyd Tinsley announced he is taking “a break” from the band and touring. “I need to take a break from the band & touring 2 focus on my family & my health 4 a while,” Tinsley tweeted Friday night. Tinsley’s abrupt departure also comes three months before Dave Matthews Band embark on a summer tour in support of their upcoming new album, the group’s first since 2012’s Away From the World. The summer trek is scheduled to span from May 18th until September 10th. The violinist has been a member of the group since 1992 and appeared on every Dave Matthews Band album from 1994’s Under the Table and Dreaming to the band’s still-untitled ninth studio LP, due out this summer.
Orlando police stopped a man attempting to kidnap singer Lana Del Rey on Friday, police said. Michael Hunt, 43, of Riverview, Florida, was arrested by Orlando Police Department officers just feet away from the Amway Center where the singer was playing a show Friday night. Hunt was in possession of a knife and tickets to a show but, according to police, was never able to make it inside the venue or in contact with the singer. Police said they were alerted to posts on Hunt’s social media which indicated a “credible threat,” leading to his arrest. He is charged with aggravated stalking and attempted kidnapping with a weapon. Del Rey, currently touring in support of her 2017 album “Lust for Life,” is next scheduled to perform at the Philips Arena in Atlanta on Monday.
Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda announced his first solo show following Chester Bennington’s death last July. He’ll be playing this year’s Japan’s Summer Sonic festival, held August 18-19. Last week, Shinoda released a three-song EP titled Post Traumatic, which dealt with his grief over Bennignton’s death. Shinoda last performed alongside the rest of Linkin Park during their memorial show for Bennington last October. He recently tweeted that he has “every intention of continuing” with Linkin Park. Along with Shinoda, the Summer Sonic lineup features Nine Inch Nails, Beck and Queens of the Stone Age, among many more. Head to SummerSonic.com for more info.