August 31, 1978
Circus Krone, Munich, Germany
Broadcast by Bayerischer Rundfunkt (BR) on July 1, 1980
Re-broadcast on August, 1996
Directed by Ulrich Schramm
Denny Walley—slide guitar/vocals
Vinnie Colaiuta—drums/seal call
The exact date seems to be hard to find, but it's definitely from the last days of August.
In 1978 Zappa rented the big top of Circus Krone for some days to rehearse with his band. Parts of the rehearsals were videotaped by the BR (Bayerischer Rundfunk) and aired on some sunday morning ;) in 78 or 79. Added footage contains Frank shopping in Munich and an interview with his bodyguard.
Most of this rehearsal/performance ended up on the bootleg/Beat-The-Boot, "At The Circus". Certain selections of Frank shopping in Munich and interviews with John Smothers would be partially used in the movie Baby Snakes. It was rebroadcast in August of 96, resulting in a better master. Fritz Rau is also reputed to be in this video, but I don't know where. Can anyone tell me?
In the last week i asked the editorial office of "Bayerischer Rundfunkt" via e-mail if there are any plans to broadcast this stuff again. [...] Then they send me a second answer: "We couldn'f find any film with a title like "We Don't Mess Around", but we had found another film:
First date of broadcast: 1. July 1980 !!! (Not 1978 or 1979 ???)
Title: Frank Zappa—Musik und Unterhaltung (english: Music And
Director: Ulrich Schramm
Camera: Gerhard Lechner
But the bad news is that there are NO plans to broadcast this in the future.
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