Road Tapes, Venue #3 – Frank Zappa



Album Road Tapes, Venue #3 by Frank Zappa
Album Road Tapes, Venue #3 by Frank Zappa

“Road Tapes, Venue #3” is a live album by Frank Zappa, which was posthumously released in 2016. Frank Zappa was a highly influential American musician, composer, and bandleader known for his eclectic and experimental approach to music. He was active from the 1960s until his death in 1993.

The “Road Tapes” series features recordings from various live performances throughout Zappa’s career. “Road Tapes, Venue #3” specifically showcases a concert recorded at Tyrone Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 5, 1970. The album captures Zappa and The Mothers of Invention in their prime, delivering a mix of rock, jazz, and avant-garde compositions.

As with many of Zappa’s live albums, “Road Tapes, Venue #3” offers a glimpse into the incredible musicianship and improvisational skills of the band. It is a valuable addition to the discography of a prolific artist whose work continues to be celebrated by fans and musicians worldwide.

Road Tapes, Venue #3 is considered to be one of the best live albums of Frank Zappa’s career. It is a well-recorded and energetic performance that showcases the band’s versatility and humor. The album is worth checking out for fans of Frank Zappa and experimental rock.


  • Frank Zappa – guitar, vocals
  • Mark Volman – vocals, tambourine
  • Howard Kaylan – vocals
  • Ian Underwood – electric piano, organ, alto saxophone
  • George Duke – electric piano, organ, other [vocal drum irritations]
  • Jeff Simmons – bass, vocals
  • Aynsley Dunbar – drums

This album was released posthumously in 2016 and consists of the recording of two shows on July 5, 1970, at Tyrone Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, MN. It is the ninth installment on the Vaulternative Records label that is dedicated to the posthumous release of complete Zappa concerts .

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