Dead Air

FZ album(s) in which song has appeared

Tour(s) on which song is known to have been performed (main source: FZShows, v. 7.1)


Robin Richman, "The New Rock," Life, June 28, 1968

On stage there is the "possibility that anything can happen." Dolls are mutilated. A gas mask is displayed. A bag of vegetables is unpacked and examined. There are spaced intervals of "honks" and suddenly The Mothers perform Dead Air. They stop, sit down and ignore the audience. Zappa might get a shoeshine from Motorhead, the percussionist. They keep this going for as long as it takes the audience to become unsettled, uncomfortable and angry. Then Zappa calmly approaches the mike and says, "It brings out the hostilities in you, doesn't it?"

FZ, We Don't Mess Around (1978)

Ladies and gentlemen, we're gonna perform a number, this number hasn't been performed since actually 1968. This piece is 10 years old, and we're gonna give it its 10th Anniversary performance, right here at the Circus Krone. Now the last time this piece was performed was at the Fillmore East, by the old Mothers Of Invention, now the name of this piece is "Dead Air." (then he stares at the camera in silence for 20 seconds)



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