Hologram production company Eyellusion has announced that it’s working with the Zappa Family Trust on an upcoming tour featuring Frank Zappa’s hologram and some of the musician’s former bandmates. Production works for the tour titled “Back on the Road” are due to begin later this year and the performances will start in 2018, with exact dates yet to be scheduled.
The late artist’s son and co-Trustee, Ahmet Zappa has confirmed that several musicians have already expressed their commitment to participate in the celebration of his father’s life and legacy. Steve Vai, Ian Underwood, Adrian Belew, Arthur Barrow, Vinnie Colaiuta, Scott Thunes, Mike Keneally, Denny Walley, Warren Cuccurullo and Napoleon Murphy Brock are among those involved in the project.
“I’m thrilled that Frank Zappa will finally be going back out on tour playing his most well-known music as well as some rare and unheard material,” Ahmet said. “We can’t wait to bring his creative work back to the stage with the musicians he loved to play with. When I spoke with them, they were excited at the prospect of performing alongside Frank once again and can’t wait to give fans an unforgettable experience.”
“Frank was an innovator and his art transcended so many different mediums,” Diva Zappa, Frank’s daughter and another co-Trustee said. “He left behind such an extensive body of work and we want to celebrate his music with really creative and unique live hologram productions that will introduce his music to a new generation of fans and let so many that enjoyed his music when he was alive experience it again. We have had this idea for many years and after meeting with the team at Eyellusion, we knew that they were the right partner to make it a reality.”
Eyellusion have previously created the Ronnie James Dio hologram that debuted at last year’s Wacken Open Air festival in Germany. The “Dio Returns” world tour’s European leg is starting this November, before moving on to South America, Australia, Asia and the US.