I actually had the pleasure of playing in a band with Bill/Zoot for a couple of years post-Mallard. Very nice guy. I learned a lot from him. He had some great stories. While I could never get into Beefheart the way some people do, I liked the Mallard stuff he played for me ("more accessible Beefheart?). I haven't talked to him in a while but I bought his (1st?) solo album after he moved from my area and I hope he's doing well and keeps putting out more music. Hi, Bill!