NEWS: Dweezil reflects on Grammy win

Dweezil Zappa has blogged about the Zappa Plays Zappa/Steve Vai/Napoleon Murphy Brock Grammy win yesterday in the Best Rock Instrumental category.

To see Dweezil and co accept the award, go to THIS LINK and skip to 2 hours 53 minutes. Make sure you have a box of Kleenex handy, it gets a little emotional.

In a post on the ZPZ website, Dweezil says:

Hello Friends,

Would you Bleev it? We actually won a Grammy last night. I’m quite pleased that “Peaches En Regalia” has finally received some significant recognition from the music industry itself.

This is just my opinion but I believe our note for note performance of the “Hot Rats” version gave voting members a chance to reflect on the real impact the original “Peaches” made to the world of music and the science of recording 40 years ago. They seized the opportunity to create a tiny tastefully decorated condominium sized place for it in music history.

I am honored to have been able to bring it to their attention and even more grateful that they saw fit reward the efforts of all of the exceptionally talented musicians in my band as well as the contributions from our special guests. Without all of their hard work and dedication this perverse twist of fate could not have happened.

Thank you kindly to all the voting members who gave us the nod.

Regards, DZ

Congratulations Dweezil! You’re doing a great job in getting your dad’s music out there for everyone to discover.

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NEWS: Zappa Plays Zappa wins Grammy!!!

I’m trying to follow the Grammys online (on a work computer that doesn’t have audio or video capabilities) and the Grammys website doesn’t seem to be working too well for me. Luckily Mrs I Heart Guitar came to the rescue with THIS LINK just in time for me to see that Zappa Plays Zappa won the Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for “Peaches En Regalia” featuring Steve Vai and Napoleon Murphy Brock. Woo!!!

I also just realised it’s entirely a coincidence that I’m wearing my Mothers Of Invention ‘Freak Out’ shirt today.

NEWS: Grammy nominations announced

The nominations for the 2009 Grammys were just announced, and there are some surprising choices for the more rock-based stuff. Let’s check it out:

Best Hard Rock Performance:

DISTURBED – “Inside The Fire”
JUDAS PRIEST – “Visions”
THE MARS VOLTA – “Wax Simulacra”
MÖTLEY CRÜE – “Saints Of Los Angeles”
ROB ZOMBIE – “Lords Of Salem”

Hmm… Cool to see The Mars Volta nominated, but I’m not sure who’s gonna win out of this lot. Probably Disturbed. Are Motley Crue cool enough to actually win a Grammy in 2009?

Best Metal Performance:

DRAGONFORCE – “Heroes Of Our Time”
JUDAS PRIEST – “Nostradamus”
METALLICA – “My Apocalypse”
MINISTRY – “Under My Thumb”
SLIPKNOT – “Psychosocial”

Pfft. Everyone knows the best metal performance this year has been Testament on “More Than Meets The Eye.” Looks like someone’s desperately pushing for Judas Priest to do well this year. NEXT!

Best Rock Instrumental Performance:

DAVID GILMOUR – Castellorizon
METALLICA – Suicide & Redemption
RUSH – Hope (Live For The Art Of Peace)
ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA – Peaches En Regalia

YES! YES! Zappa FTW! I can imagine the Grammy going to Gilmour instead as a kind of lateral tribute to late Pink Floyd keyboard player Richard Wright, but if ZPZ win for Peaches I’m going to be so freaking happy. By the way, Steve Vai plays on this version, thereby continuing the Grammy tradition of nominating Steve in this category every year since 1832.

Best Rock Album:

COLDPLAY – Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
KID ROCK – Rock N Roll Jesus
KINGS OF LEON – Only By The Night
METALLICA – Death Magnetic
THE RACONTEURS – Consolers Of The Lonely

I think this one will go to Kings Of Leon, who seem unable to do any wrong at the moment. Death Magnetic was a lot of things to a lot of people, but it’s well and truly metal, and Grammy voters, a great deal of whom work behind the scenes, might use their vote to send a message to Metallica that the mix of Death Magnetic was not, y’know, commercially acceptable. Anyway, Extreme’s Saudades De Rock should have been nominated.

Album Of The Year
COLDPLAY – Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
LIL WAYNE – Tha Carter III
NE-YO – Year Of The Gentleman
RADIOHEAD – In Rainbows

I think/hope/wish Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will win this one. Raising Sand is a great album and it’d totally rule to see it take out Album of the Year, even though it’d probably encourage Plant further along his current musical path, and further away from a full-blown Led Zeppelin reunion tour.

More on the Grammys at the Chicago Sun Times.