Remembering Frank Zappa: Live In Stockholm 1973


Today marks 27 years since Frank Zappa died. The legendary Mothers Of Invention bandleader and guitarist passed away on December 4, 1993. Twenty years earlier, on August 21, 1973 Zappa and The Mothers performed at the Soliden venue in Stockholm, portions of which appeared on a Swedish television special. JamBase takes a look at the complete special for this edition of Full Show Friday.

The Mothers Of Invention lineup for the appearance featured Frank Zappa (guitar, vocals), Tom Fowler (bass), Bruce Fowler (trombone), Jean-Luc Ponty (violin), Ian Underwood (woodwinds) George Duke (keyboards, synthesizer), Ruth Underwood (percussion) and Ralph Humphrey (drums). The band kicks things off “Cosmik Debris,” a song that would appear on Zappa’s landmark 1974 solo album Apostrophe (‘).

Zappa and company would continue on with “Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue,” “Kung Fu” and “Penguin In Bondage.” “RDNZL” would come next ahead of the classic “Montana” and “Dupree’s Paradise.” “Join The March And Eat My Starch” followed before the band launched into the closing number, Apostrophe’s “Farther O’Blivion.”

To remember Frank Zappa, watch The Mothers Of Invention play Stockholm in 1973 below via the JamBase Live Video Archive (JBLVA):

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Head to the JBLVA for more Frank Zappa videos.


Cosmik Debris, Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue, Kung Fu, Penguin In Bondage, RDNZL, Montana, Dupree’s Paradise, Join The March And Eat My Starch, Farther Oblivion

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