Don Preston: Just Another Duo From LA
After the East Coast run, there's talk of a European tour. Preston's ready. "I've said it before, people are more intelligent in Europe. I don't know if that's true. There's a much bigger Zappa following there than there is here. Way bigger. I mean, it's never big anywhere. But if you play here you get 100 people, you can play there and get 500 in the same type of venue. It's just a little easier there than here. And people put you up in class A hotels, they treat you like kings. Here, you're just another musician/slave.
From left: Bunk Gardner, Don Preston
"Not only that, artists are supported there, by the government. Here in America we have to do other things to make a living. At one point I had a couple of other jobs, but I said, no I'm not going to do that anymore."
Finishing up their rousing set with an original, the hilarious, "What Was Zappa Really Like?," Don and Bunk began breaking down their self-contained musical unit. Preston seemed eager to hit the road. "I'm still here, and I feel great. I am 77," he said.
Don Prestson, Works (Crossfire, 2007)
Don Preston, IO Landscapes (Brain, 2004)
Don Preston, Transformation (Cryptogramophone, 2001)
Don Preston, Vile Foamy Ectoplasm (EFA, 1994)
Grandmothers, The Eternal Question (Inkanish, 2001)
Grandmothers, Eating the Astoria (Obvious, 2000)
The Mothers of Invention, Weasels Ripped My Flesh (FZ/Ryko, 1970)
The Mothers of Invention, Uncle Meat (FZ/Ryko, 1969)
The Mothers of Invention, We're Only In It For The Money (FZ/Ryko, 1968)
The Mothers of Invention, Absolutely Free (FZ/Ryko, 1967)
Courtesy of The Don and Bunk Show