FIDOplaysZAPPA feat. Bobby Martin

FIDOplaysZAPPA feat. Bobby Martin

CH | jazz rock

He was tied to the stake with dental floss, he visited the city of little lights, he was amazed by love – and his voice was always at the top: We are talking about Robert "Bobby" Martin, who as lead singer shaped the sound of of Frank Zappa's band from 1981 to the farewell tour in 1988. He also worked in a long list of productions with big names: Bette Middler, Paul McCartney, Michael McDonald, Prince, Etta James, Patti Labelle, The Moody Blues.

It took two songs at the Zappanale 2022 and the spark had jumped between the American, who you can neither see nor hear his 74 years, and the Swiss tribute troupe FIDOplaysZAPPA, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. 

On the tours in October 2022, February/March 2023 and on the upcoming tour in October 2023, Bobby Martin - not as a guest of honor, but as the only lead singer of the full-length program - will climb into the Nightliner with the FiDOs to show: Frank Zappa's music is not dead, it doesn't even smell funny.

With the fearless mixture of a snotty, rocky live show paired with virtuoso Swiss precision craftsmanship, with which the stage-experienced professionals live out their passion for the music of the Great American Composer, the Swiss Tribute Orchestra knows how to captivate every audience. FIDO shamelessly exploit improvisational freedom, virtuosically break stylistic boundaries and make full use of the musical diversity and compositional humor of Zappa's work. With numerous inspiring live shows throughout Europe and six recordings, the Swiss Tribute Orchestra has earned itself a place in the Olympus of the global Zappa community over the last two decades: Stylish, virtuosic, humorous and with their very own approach, FIDO continue to intoxicate themselves and their audience with Frank Zappa's great work, even after 20 years.

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Line up:

Robert "Bobby" Martin: vocals, keys, sax
Martin Medimorec: vibraphone, marimba, percussion
Oli Friedli: piano, keys
Stef Strittmatter: guitar, vocals
Pascal Gruenenfelder: bass, vocals, arrangements
Remy Sträuli: drums, vocals

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