Throwback Thursday: Frank Zappa Plays Augusta This Week In 1978
Frank Zappa pulled off Interstate 95 39 years ago this week to play the Augusta Civic Center. The venue was in a series of shows which saw everyone from the Grateful Dead, to Bruce Springsteen, and Blue Oyster Cult. The Joe's Garage singer took the stage October 6th. Frank was in the midst of his simply titled 1978 World Tour. The set-list for this particular night was not available, but based on other dates surrounding the show, "Dancin' Fool," which would be released the following year on Sheik Yerbouti. The song had been around since 1975, and would later be performed on Saturday Night Live a few weeks after the Augusta show. Other staples for the tour were "Easy Meat," "Keep It Greasey," "Village of the Sun," and "A Pound for a Brown on the Bus."
Frank continued to spend much of 1978 on the road, as Warner Brothers filled out his contractual obligation by releasing albums without his consent. The fllowing year, under his own label, Frank Zappa went on to his greatest commercial success with albums like the previously mentioned Sheik Yerbouti, and classic Joe's Garage.