Watch the Frank Zappa Hologram Address Recent Censorship Claims as a Preview of the Upcoming Tour

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Frank Zappa was a disrupter throughout his life and career, and even in death the iconic musician/intellectual is still stirring the pot.

Earlier in February, plans were officially revealed for an upcoming The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa hologram tour/multimedia experience, featuring a holographic rendering of the late Zappa himself. This was the artwork accompanying the news:

bizarre world of frank zappa hologram tour

That image was apparently flagged by Ticketmaster as “questionable content” according to the ticket giant’s algorithm, and as a result the promotional image has not been shared online. Not content to sit back and let this happen, Zappa himself (OK, the hologram) weighed in with a statement that also serves as our first actual preview of the hologram in action:

The offending image seems to have caught attention due to that imagery of the penguins’ buttocks, which has since been amended, and prompted a great quote from Ahmet Zappa:

Beyond the images in question, artwork for the tour gives clues to the kinds of fantastical holograms fans who purchase tickets for the tour will experience. Ahmet Zappa says, “If you’re someone that can’t enjoy the absurdity and humor of bringing Frank’s music and lyrics to life via holograms–such as penguins in bondage, talking hot dogs and super natural dental floss–this show might not be your cup of tea. In response to Ticketmaster, I re-submit the poster artwork with our newly updated Warning Guarantee hiding the buttocks of the cartoon penguin. I mean, seriously Ticketmaster?”

There has since been an edit of the original artwork:

Still causing trouble, all these years later.

As previously detailed, here’s the initial run of live dates for the Bizarre World of Frank Zappa hologram tour:

Fri 4/19 Port Chester, NY Capitol Theater
Sat 4/20 Rochester, NY Kodak Center Theater
Mon 4/22 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie
Wed 4/24 Long Island, NY Paramount Theatre
Fri 4/26 Boston, MA Shubert
Sun 4/28 Albany, NY The Palace Theatre
Wed 05/1 Wilkes Barre, PA Kirby Center
Thu 05/2 Collingswood, NJ Scottish Rite Auditorium
Fri 05/3 Baltimore, MD The Modell Lyric

And European dates:

Thu 5/9 Edinburgh, UK Playhouse
Sat 5/11 Gateshead, UK Sage
Sun 5/12 Manchester, UK Bridgewater Hall
Mon 5/13 Birmingham, UK Symphony Hall
Tue 5/14 London, UK The Palladium
Thu 5/16 Ostend, BEL Kurssal
Fri 5/17 Amsterdam, NLD Rai Theater


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