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Any love for Warren Cuccurullo?

pir8matt

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Kind of a weird career the guy has had, going from Zappa to Missing Persons to Duran Duran to Porn (though I guess the porn was during Duran?).

Heard 'Walkin' in L.A.' this morning and was reminded of the vinyl I had back in the day (missing persons, spring session M) and the cool guitar work he did on those albums, not to mention the crazy guitar made out of a wah pedal body and the 'missing link' doubleneck. Not sure what he's up to now, but the guy did some amazing work for what amounted to a pop music project back in the day.

I read that Zappa asked him to be in his touring band in 1988 but he had to turn him down due to obligations with Duran Duran..bet he wish he could take that one back now..

 

KRosser

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When I was working on the theater version of Joe's Garage, Warren came to several of the shows. Gail Zappa introduced me to him and he was very nice and extremely gracious, considering I was up there onstage playing all of his parts and taking Frank's solo spots as well. He was a big help, too - showed me how he fingered a bunch of the stuff that gave it just that little extra authenticity (ditto Tommy Mars and Arthur Barrow, who showed me some of Frank's charts to "Joe's" in his own hand....but I digress...)

Anyway - Warren was great, a real firecracker personality and a total sweetheart. I'll never forget our opening night show, Warren was so excited to see and hear it he was bouncing off the walls and every time I took a solo, he stood up right where he was in the seats and played some wicked emotive air guitar...much to Dweezil's embarassment, who was sitting next to him.
 
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Shnook

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I LOVE his RoadRage CD with Joe Travers on drums and Wes Wehmiller on bass on most of the tracks. Some really cool music on that release.
 

Rotten

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I was a big Missing Persons fan, although, because of his career choices, I am hesitant to say that my love has gone his way.
 

Chrome Dinette

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I like his playing with Missing Persons a lot. As a teenager, I thought the wah pedal guitar was pretty cool.

I swear the missing link guitar was on ebay in the late 90's/early 00's and went for around $2k.
 

pir8matt

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When I was working on the theater version of Joe's Garage, Warren came to several of the shows. Gail Zappa introduced me to him and he was very nice and extremely gracious, considering I was up there onstage playing all of his parts and taking Frank's solo spots as well. He was a big help, too - showed me how he fingered a bunch of the stuff that gave it just that little extra authenticity (ditto Tommy Mars and Arthur Barrow, who showed me some of Frank's charts to "Joe's" in his own hand....but I digress...)
You should digress into a whole thread of your own about that! That sounds cool as hell!
 

pir8matt

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I was a big Missing Persons fan, although, because of his career choices, I am hesitant to say that my love has gone his way.
Yeah maybe 'love' was too strong a word. Maybe it should have read "anyone remember Warren Cuccurullo?"
 

KRosser

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You should digress into a whole thread of your own about that! That sounds cool as hell!
I did! Last summer, when I started doing the show...

https://www.thegearpage.net/board/index.php?threads/430616&highlight=Zappa's

Interesting timing, as many of the cast, including yours truly as a member of the band, have been nominated for LA Weekly Theater Awards and the ceremony is in a couple weeks. It will be a nice reunion and a nice celebration, as I've been told they've already leaked that the band won ;)

It was cool as hell. And more.
 

Funky Monkey

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I really liked his "Thanks 2 Frank" album. Made me abandon all of the other "mainstream" instrumental guitar offerings up to that time and immediately re-think my approach. This disc really turned me around. Here's a cool live version of the title track- most of the stuff that I assumed was just improv apparently wasn't, as this performance is pretty much identical to the studio version.
 

Picaflor

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I really liked his "Thanks 2 Frank" album. Made me abandon all of the other "mainstream" instrumental guitar offerings up to that time and immediately re-think my approach. This disc really turned me around. Here's a cool live version of the title track- most of the stuff that I assumed was just improv apparently wasn't, as this performance is pretty much identical to the studio version.
Wow, that is just beautiful. Thanks for the link. Warren has always been one of my favorite guitarists. I actually just started a thread about him in one of the other forums a week or two ago. I'm going to have to find that Thanks 2 Frank album. Good stuff.
 




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