Apparently, Zappa fans are pissed about this and are lashing out.
Check out what Adrian Belew felt he needed to post on Facebook:
I think of Frank Zappa as my mentor. I realize I can never repay him for the opportunities he gave me. to be honest I played a very minor role in the Zappa universe and have always felt I get more credit than I deserve.
still, I jump at any chance I can to praise and honor Frank. so when one of his sons calls me to explain a possible concert series 18 months in the future, I am willing to listen.
in our brief conversation Ahmet explained the holographic concept and asked if it was something I might consider being part of. it didn't occur to me that Frank's fans might find it distasteful. admittedly I didn't think that part through.
I told Ahmet if I felt strongly it would be a great way to celebrate Frank's music, yes, I would consider being part of it. he asked permission to use my name in the announcement and I gave him permission.
Some the responses to this post are horrible and insanely angry at Adrian.
This raises the question - are we paying for a group of artists to bring a dead star back to life to perform music they've performed before? Or, are we paying to watch a live band play to a recording of a dead musician? I find it strange, but intriguing.
They released a promotional video for the Frank Zappa hologram tour, and while it may turn out to be an amazing show (especially given the band they assembled), I completely lost count of the number of times Ahmet Zappa used the words "Me" and "I".