Steve Vai Issues Statement About Frank Zappa Hologram Tour

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Last week, the Zappa Family Trust announced Frank Zappa Back On The Road: The Hologram Tour will take place in 2018. The concerts will feature a hologram version of the late musician accompanied by a number of musicians he’s played with in the past. One of those musicians is guitarist Steve Vai, who issued a statement about his participation in the run.

Vai said he was invited to contribute to 3 – 4 shows on the tour. “I thought…this could be odd, but another part of me felt this could also be pretty special too. To be on the stage playing his music again for the fans with some of his alumni, (many dear friends of mine) and to have his ghostly image residing over the proceedings was interesting and alluring enough for me to commit to helping kick off the tour,” the guitarist wrote.

Steve also addressed the controversy surrounding the tour, “Of course it’s not Frank, and I’m not 20 years old anymore, but I am very happy, and honored that I was invited to contribute to bringing the spirit of Frank and his eternal music, with this new technology, to those fans who connected so deeply with him.” Vai mentioned his participation in the first Zappa Plays Zappa tours, “I felt the same way when I contributed to the ZPZ tour, and that was a fantastic experience.”

The guitarist feels those attending will know what they are in for, “I believe that the fans understand it’s just an image and that holographic technology has its limitations, but it is an evolution in technology and with an open mind it could be embraced for a worthwhile experience. I would want to attend this show if I heard about it. If a person can attend the show with their spirit of the love of Frank’s music at the forefront I believe it could be a very touching event for all involved.” Steve Vai was a member of Zappa’s band from 1980 – 1983.

Read the full statement from Steve Vai:

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