In 2009, I wrote about how the Zappa Family Trust were using Grand Rights as a way of stopping tribute bands playing the music of Frank Zappa. I eventually ended up doing a major research project on this, interviewing loads of bands, visiting the Zappanale Festival and eventually publishing a detailed article in Contemporary Theatre Review in 2011. After that, I moved onto other territory – eventually publishing my book Frank Zappa and the And. I was absolutely fascinated, and I must say a tad dismayed to see the latest development – with an article in The New York Times stating that Dweezil Zappa himself is now involved in this – actually being prevented from using the word ‘Zappa’ for his long standing band ‘Zappa Plays Zappa’. I don’t know, and to be honest don’t want to know why this has happened, but I think it is such a shame that this sort of thing is going on after the death of Gail Zappa. To be prevented from using your own surname in your band is crazy! It detracts from the great mans legacy I am afraid! The pic below is taken in the old East Germany – which has named a street after Frank Zappa. As far as I am concerned – this is a tribute!