One of the most entertaining Frank Zappa live albums has to be Frank Zappa and The Mothers: Roxy and Elsewhere, recorded at The Roxy Theatre for a three night residency with a 500 person capacity (give or take a few I would imagine) each night December 8, 9, and 10th 1973. Now after more than 4 decades later Roxy:The Movie will finally be released featuring such Zappa classics as “Cosmik Debris” and “Cheepnis” oh yea and don’t forget “Inca Roads”. Why did it take so long to release? Even though it was a professional film shoot–the footage was flawed and only now with the latest technology associated with film making were they able to piece a decent concert movie together. According to Rolling Stone, “The film gives writing, directing, conducting, performing and producing credits to Frank Zappa, while Ahmet, Frank’s widow Gail and The Kids Are Alright director Jeff Stein get credit for the film’s current release. As previously announced, Roxy: The Movie comes as part of a new partnership between the Zappa Estate and Universal Music Enterprises, which aims to keep Zappa’s music in the public eye. Separate from that partnership, the Zappas have also granted filmmaker Alex Winter permission to make a documentary about the main Mother’s life, which is slated to come out in 2017.
Roxy: The Movie is available now from Eagle Rock Entertainment