Frank Zappa in concert Sydney Australia, from my “Dead ‘N’ Alive” exhibition set.
One of a series of photographs I took in my early days of photography.
All shot on film using a Nikormat FTN. A wonderful hard working film camera.
In those days there was little or no security and no “Crash Barriers”, so I would make my way to the front of the stage and shoot.
Scanned from the original negatives or transparencies.
Zappa ruled the stage. Always in absolute control of his band. You never knew what to expect.
As far as I know, the band in Sydney consisted of most of the following… Zappa then formed and toured with smaller groups that variously included Ian Underwood (reeds, keyboards), Ruth Underwood (vibes, marimba), Sal Marquez (trumpet, vocals), Napoleon Murphy Brock (sax, flute and vocals), Bruce Fowler (trombone), Tom Fowler (bass), Chester Thompson (drums), Ralph Humphrey (drums), George Duke (keyboards, vocals), and Jean-Luc Ponty (violin).
Also available as an image in my redbubble calendar