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37 North America shows were announced today!!!

Choice Cuts! World Tour 2018

February 20 Auckland, New Zealand

February 22 Brisbane, Australia

February 23 Sydney, Australia

February 24 Melbourne, Australia

February 25 Adelaide, Australia

February 27 Perth, Australia

March 30 Scottsdale, AZ @ Center For Perf. Arts

March 31 Albuquerque, NM @ Kimo Theatre

April 2 Oklahoma City, OK @ Tower Theatre

April 3 Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic Lounge

April 4 Kansas City, MO @ Knuckleheads Saloon

April 5 Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre

April 6 Birmingham, AL @ Saturn

April 7 Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse

April 8 Macon, GA @ Cox Capitol Theatre

April 10 Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall

April 12 Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre

April 13 Montclair, NJ @ The Wellmont Theater

April 14 Stowe, VT @ Spruce Peak PAC

April 15 Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre

April 16 Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre

April 18 Buffalo, NY @ UB Center For The Arts

April 19 Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre of Ithaca

April 20 Tarrytown, NY @ Tarrytown Music Hall

April 21 Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre

April 22 Hartford, CT @ Infinity Hall

April 24 Albany, NY @ The Egg

April 25 Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre

April 26 Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony

April 27 Huntington, NY @ The Paramount

April 28 Washington, DC @ The Hamilton

April 29 Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater

May 1 Kent, OH @ The Kent Stage

May 2 Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre

May 3 Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue

May 4 Milwaukee, WI @ The Pabst Theater

May 5 Iowa City, IA @ The Englert Theatre

May 6 St. Charles, IL @ Arcada Theatre

May 8 St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room

May 10 Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues

May 11 Austin, TX @ Mohawk

May 12 Houston, TX @ House Of Blues

May 13 New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina’s

Our final show in Oslo with the Norwegian Wind Ensemble was off the hook!!! 91st show of this tour. This gig was also filmed…so maybe you all will get to see it someday 🙂 Next up is New Zealand and Australia in February. FZ!!!

HUGE thanks as always to Evans Drumheads, ProMark Sticks, Sabian Cymbals, DW Drums, Humes & Berg Cases, and JH Audio IEMs!

And MASSIVE THANKS to the best drum tech in the world, Chris Del Nostro!!!








Session Madness!

Posted: September 19, 2017 in Drum Stuff, Miscellaneous, News, Uncategorized

Awesome 18.5 hour session yesterday with the almighty Jason Achilles Mezilis at Organic Audio Recorders! Tracked drums and percussion on 7 songs for 4 artists: 4 tracks for the always incredible Joshua Bloomberg, as well as killer songs by Jason Saracco, Jason Ebs and Jason Achilles Mezilis. SUPER fun day; always an honor to work with all of these cats 🙂








Tracking with DZ!

Posted: September 5, 2017 in Drum Stuff, Gigs, News, Uncategorized

Tracking with Dweezil Zappa, Kurt Morgan, Cian Coey and David Brighton at Sunset Sound, in the same room where Van Halen recorded their first five records 🙂 Sooooo much history at this studio, not enough space here to list it all!!!







Tomorrow starts a fun week of drum clinics, and two shows with the amazing David Brighton!!! If you are in the vicinity of any of these, please come say hi 🙂

23rd Drum Clinic at Musicians Institute, from 1p-3p



27th TWO Drum Clinics at Vaughan Music Studios in Columbus, Ohio, 2pm and 6pm!

28th Lessons at Vaughan Music Studios from noon-5pm

AND Drum Clinic at Capital University, 7pm (private)

30th Drum Clinic at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio 7pm FREE and open to the public!

31st Drum Clinic at the University of Kentucky, in Lexington

5pm FREE and open to the public!

Evans Drumheads



Drum Workshop Inc. (DW Drums)

Humes & Berg Mfg Co Inc








Posted: July 29, 2017 in Drum Stuff, Gigs, News, Uncategorized

Had a fantastic time teaching at Dweezil’s camp all week in NY!!! Here are some pics:

We had a great time on our 18-day run! The Montreal Jazz Festival was super fun; Quebec ALWAYS has amazing audiences. The Brooklyn Bowl in NY was incredible, and I got to see lots of friends as we travelled around the East Coast and into the Midwest. Really looking forward to the little California run beginning August 8th. Then the next leg starts September 9th in Kalamazoo. Hope to see some of you at the shows!! Check for dates.


Goodnight, Montreal!!


On stage in Saguenay, Quebec


On stage at The Brooklyn Bowl


Beautiful backdrop in Rockport, Mass.


Goodnight, Cleveland!




ZPZ fall tour!

Posted: November 22, 2013 in Gigs, News, Photos

I’m in Gothenburg, Sweden, at the end of the 7th week of our 8 week run. It’s been a blast! The shows have been incredible…notably the amazing crowds in Quebec City, Amsterdam, London, and NYC on Halloween. We started the tour in Lincoln, Nebraska, and after hitting much of the Midwest we went to Canada for two weeks. Then back down the East coast and over to Europe, starting in Belgium. We played nine shows in the UK, and begin the Scandinavia shows tomorrow. Check out some pictures below. After Europe we return to LA for three shows at the Roxy on December 7th, 8th and 9th. The fun will then resume at the end of January, for a six-week US tour. Playing FZ’s music every night is an honor, and it’s been an unbelievable experience. I hope to see you on the road!!!

Amazing crowd in Quebec City!!

Amazing crowd in Quebec City!!

Halloween at the Beacon Theater in NYC!

Halloween at the Beacon Theater in NYC!

Amsterdam sound check!

Amsterdam sound check!

Halloween at the Beacon Theater, NYC

Halloween at the Beacon Theater, NYC


Week One, ZPZ

Posted: September 10, 2013 in News
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Week one of Zappa Plays Zappa is complete, and the shows were a blast! It is such an honor to play this music with these players.

We started on Tuesday in Rhode Island and worked our way west. Below are a few pictures from the shows.

First show in Providence, RI

First show in Providence, RI

Good friend and fellow IU grad Tom Diehl made it to my first show in Rhode Island. Great to see him!

Good friend, East Coast drummer and fellow IU grad Tom Diehl made it to my first show in Rhode Island. Great to see him!

Good Night, Rhode Island

Good Night, Rhode Island

On the Marquis in Columbus, OH

On the Marquis in Columbus, OH

Sound Check, Columbus

Sound Check, Columbus

Drum's eye view in Columbus

Drummer’s eye view in Columbus

Columbus, OH

Columbus, OH

I’m looking forward to every minute of our upcoming shows! More pictures to come later.

VERY happy to announce my latest gig! Coming soon to a town near you. Here’s the official announcement:


Zappa Plays Zappa, the Grammy® winning group that has made and recreated history performing the music of Frank Zappa, is set to embark on an epic musical trek across the US, Canada and Europe celebrating the classic Frank Zappa album, Roxy & Elsewhere. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of that pivotal Zappa fan favorite, the entirety of its repertoire — including the provocative rhythms of “Don’t You Ever Wash That Thing?” “Echidna’s Arf (Of You)” and Be-Bop Tango (of the Old Jazzmen’s Church)” will be performed Live!

Since 2006, Dweezil Zappa has led his highly acclaimed group through more than 500 performances worldwide and over 275 compositions spanning the breadth of his father’s deep catalog. “I think my father’s music deserves the chance to be discovered by a contemporary audience. His creativity and discipline is inspirational. Since generation X has apparently evolved beyond generation Y, perhaps we’ve reached generation Z. I think this is an appropriate time and place to inherit and adopt Frank Zappa as the musical figure head for Generation Z. Many facets of his music are bold and unconventional and it feels to me like it’s from the future. Generation Z should be bold and unconventional”

Beginning this September, Zappa Plays Zappa will hit the road premiering songs that have not been performed on previous tours and cutting its teeth on additional surprise material. “The Roxy & Elsewhere album has always been one of my favorites and I’m excited to play it top to bottom. It has a great balance of musical styles and showcases some of the funkiest grooves and most devilishly frenetic instrumental passages my father ever composed.”

Navigating the musical twists and turns of Frank Zappa’s Music onstage isn’t the only attraction on offer for the upcoming tour. As a bonus to the tour, a 90 minute personalized guitar instruction session from Dweezil’s annual musical bootcamp, Dweezilla, will be offered as a separate ticket in the afternoon before sound check in every city. Players of all skill levels are welcome to attend. “I really enjoy sharing musical ideas and improvisational strategies with people. In these classes we discuss technique and application as our main topics. People will also get a chance to have a close up look at the newly released Frank Zappa Roxy SG made by Gibson Guitars,” notes Zappa.

Certain to be among the tour’s highlights are performances at iconic venues that resonate with Zappa history. Honoring the long-standing tradition in New York City Dweezil will stand in the same place Frank Zappa often stood on Halloween at the Beacon.

Auspiciously paying homage to Roxy & Elsewhere, Dweezil and his bandmates will perform at the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, exactly 40 years to the day of Frank Zappa’s Performances at the Roxy in December, 1973.

9/3/13 Providence, RI Lupo’s Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
9/4/13 Pittsburgh, PA Carnegie Music Hall Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
9/5/13 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
9/6/13 Iowa City, IA Englert Theater Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
9/7/13 Urbana, IL Krannert PAC/ Ellnora Guitar Festival On Sale Aug 10
9/8/13 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
10/8/13 Lincoln, NE Rococo Theatre Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
10/9/13 Eau Claire, WI State Theatre Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
10/10/13 Chicago, IL Copernicus Center On Sale May 11 / Dweezilla Masterclass
10/11/13 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
10/12/13 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
10/13/13 Kent, OH Kent Stage Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
10/16/13 Philadelphia, PA Keswick Theatre Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass by phone 215-572-7650
10/17/13 Buffalo, NY Kleinhans Music Hall Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
10/18/13 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass link coming soon
10/19/13 Toronto, ON Queen Elizabeth Theatre Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass link coming soon
10/20/13 Ottawa, ON Algonquin Commons Theatre Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass link coming soon
10/22/13 Laval, QC Salle Andre’ Matie Tickets
10/23/13 Sherbrooke, QC Theatre Granda Tickets
10/24/13 Saint Hyacinthe, QC Centre de Arts Juliette-Lassonde Tickets
10/25/13 Saint Jean sur Richelieu, QC Theatre des Deux Rives Tickets
10/26/13 L’Assomption, QC Theatre Hector Charland Tickets
10/27/13 Quebec City, QC Imperial Theatre Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
10/28/13 Rimouski, QC Salle Desjardins-Telus Tickets
10/31/13 New York, NY Beacon Theater Tickets
11/1/13 Portland, ME State Theater Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
11/2/13 Boston, MA House Of Blues Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
11/3/13 Ridgefield, CT Ridgefield Playhouse Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
12/7/13 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
12/8/13 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
12/9/13 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy Tickets / Dweezilla Masterclass
Frank Zappa’s Roxy & Elsewhere on Zappa Plays Zappa TourPenguin In Bondage
Pygmy Twylyte
Dummy Up
Village of the Sun
Echidna’s Art (Of You)
Don’t You Ever Was That Thing?
Son of Orange County
More Trouble Every Day
Be-Bop Tango (of the Old Jazzmen’s Church)THE BAND:
Dweezil Zappa: Guitar
Scheila Gonzalez: Saxophone, Flute, Keyboards & Vocals
Ben Thomas: Vocals
Chris Norton: Keyboards
Kurt Morgan: Bass
Ryan Brown: Drums