Frank Zappa

It's been a long wait, but it looks like Frank Zappa fans are finally about to get their hands on something they've waited four decades for.

December 8, 9 and 10, 2013, mark the 40th anniversary of Zappa's three performances at the Roxy Theatre on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. Those are the gigs which formed the basis of the legendary Roxy & Elsewhere album.

Over the weekend, the Zappa Family Trust announced that they've quite thoroughly identified all parts and participles of the audio and video recordings of this famous run of shows, and will finally deliver a concert film in theatres, DVD and on Blu-Ray some time before December 2013.

In the meantime, in anticipation of the actual movie, the ZFT will release a prequel to the soundtrack. Or as Gail Zappa describes it, "75 minutes and 49 seconds of Roxy without the Elsewhere."

The ZFT is also about to release a new series called Road Tapes on their Vaulternative imprint, with the first salvo to be fired around Halloween - always a sacred time for Zappa fans.