Zappa and Jean Luc

Jean Luc Ponty is a musical genius and has played with both Return to Forever and Frank Zappa. So when Return to Forever and Zappa Plays Zappa were at the Beacon Theater it was natural that Jean Luc came on stage to play a tune before playing the entire set with Stanley Clarke and Chick Corea. You can buy a t-shirt of Jean Luc on my commercial site by clicking here.

Dweezil Zappa and Jean Luc Ponty at the Beacon Theater in 2011

Drummer Joe

Joe Travers is currently the drummer with Zappa Plays Zappa. He has been a drummer for numerous live performances including Duran Duran, Billy Idol, Lisa Loeb and Drake Bell. This image was taken during a concert at the Beacon Theather in New York City in 2011.

Joe Travers with Zappa Plays Zappa

Son of Zappa

Dweezil Zappa playing guitar with Zappa Plays Zappa at the Beacon Theather in 2011. There is something weird and wonderful to see him play his father’s songs and channeling Frank’s guitar style. If you haven’t seen them, get a ticket for the current tour, it will be worth it.

Dweezil Zappa at the Beacon 2011

Blow Dry

After the Zombies were created, zombie master Tom Savini would give the makeup a blow dry so it would set properly. Between scenes the make up crew would roam the group of zombies and check their makeup and retouch it if necessary, You can buy a print of this image at my commercial gallery by clicking here.

Toma Savini give a Zombie blow dry

Zombie Gaffers

You can’t make a movie without gaffers. They set the lights, set up the equipment, load film and do just about anything. This is especially true on a small budget movie like the original Dawn of the Dead (1978). Here is the crew setting up the equipment at the beginning of the shoot at Monroeville Mall. You can buy a print of this image at my commercial site by clicking here.

Gaffers setting up the Camera

2 A.M Zombie Time

By 2 A.M the nervous energy that the zombie extras had at the beginning of the shoot had vanished and was replaced by some exhaustion. Most of these people had day jobs and had been up for at least 18 hours at that point. You can buy a print of this image on my commercial site by clicking here.

2 A.M in the Mall

Time to Make the Zombies

In 1978, Zombies were created almost exclusively through makeup. Today on shows like, “The Walking Dead” they use masks and other methods to create the effects. On Dawn of the Dead (1978), there were no harder working people than the makeup crew. Here is one of the makeup artists creating a zombie before shooting began. You can buy this images and others at my commercial gallery by clicking here.

Time to Make the Zombies

Ray Gomez

Ray Gomez is a superb jazz guitarist that has collaborated on many albums and a solo career. He is best know for his collaborations with Stanley Clarke. This image is from the School Days Tour in 1978 at the Stanley Theather in Pittsburgh PA. You can buy a print of this image at my commercial gallery by clicking here.

Ray Gomez at the Stanley Theather in Pittsburgh

Sal Marquez

Sal Marquez played horns and sang vocals on a couple of Frank Zappa albums in the 1970’s and has had a successful career as a solo artist. He sang the vocals on “Dirty Love” and toured with Zappa in 1973. This shot was taken at a show in the Syria Masque in Pittsburgh in 1973. You can buy a print of this image on my commercial gallery by clicking here.

Sal Marquez in Pittsburgh with Frank Zappa