The Mothers Of Invention's Concert History

The Mothers of Invention were an American band active from 1966 to 1969. Throughout, their output was primarily directed by composer and guitarist, Frank Zappa (1940–1993). Their albums combined a broad span of genres and utilised diverse instrumentation. Their lyrics were generally humorous, with frequent style-parodies of contemporary Pop music (with doo-wop love ballads endlessly lampooned), bountiful surreal imagery, cartoonish vocals and oblique, satirical protest songs.

Date   Concert   Venue   Location  
May 15, 2010 –
May 16, 2010
Virada Cultural 2010  
The Temptations / Living Colour / Big Brother And The Holding Company / L.A. Guns / Céu / Booker T. Jones / Titãs / Pitty / Raimundos / Toquinho / Mallu Magalhães / Big Youth / Elza Soares / CPM 22 / Tulipa Ruiz / The Mothers Of Invention / Cidade Negra / Double You / Arlindo Cruz / Geraldo Azevedo / Krisiun / Zelia Duncan / Clinton Fearon / Hermeto Pascoal / Flora Purim / Pablo Moses / Airto Moreira / Karina Buhr / Velhas Virgens / Almir Guineto / Brothers of Brazil / Planta & Raiz / Tribo de Jah / Max de Castro / Reinaldo / Wilson Simoninha / Black Drawing Chalks / Clube Do Balanco / Barbarito Torres / Los Sebosos Postizos / Orlandivo / Macaco Bong / Cabal / Andre Abujamra / Sidney Magal / Nelson Sargento / Wanderlea / Blues Etilicos / Cabruera / Nito Mestre / Orquestra Brasileira De Música Jamaicana / Orquestra Sinfônica Do Estado De São Paulo / Pequeno Cidadão / Jair Rodrigues / Aeromoças E Tenistas Russas / Plastique Noir / Dicro / Xangai / Terra Celta / Vanusa / Elomar / Jerry Adriani / Leões De Israel / Simoninha / Camarones Orquestra Guitarrística / Edy Star / Sandália de Prata / Vital Farias / Fully Fullwood / Paulo Vanzolini / Orkestra Rumpilezz / Luis Caldas / Reinaldo, O Príncipe Do Pagode / Germano Mathias / Patrulha Do Espaço / Nervoso e os Calmantes / Caldo De Piaba / Galinha Preta / Scorpion Jack / Grupo Medusa / Glenn Leonard / Paulo Monarco / Angelo Maximo / Ras Bernardo / Rinoceronte / Orquestra Jazz Sinfônica / Locomotrom / Los Sebozos Postizos / Detetives / 4instrumental / Vendo 147 / Mama Gumbo / Diva Muffin / Banda Sinfônica Do Estado De São Paulo / Pedra Rara / Grand Mothers Show all bands
Praça Julio Prestes São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Oct 24, 1977 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention     The Spectrum Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Oct 23, 1977 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention     Leroy Concert Theatre Pawtucket, Rhode Island, United States
Oct 20, 1977 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention     Boston Music Hall Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Dec 27, 1975 Bongo Fury Tour  
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band / The Mothers Of Invention
Winterland Ballroom San Francisco, California, United States
Nov 18, 1975 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention     Crisler Arena, University Of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Nov 02, 1975 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention / Jimmy Buffett     Cole Field House, University of Maryland College Park, Maryland, United States
Oct 25, 1975 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention     Capitol Theatre Passaic, New Jersey, United States
Oct 18, 1975 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention   Municipal Auditorium Atlanta, Georgia, United States
May 06, 1975 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention / Captain Beefheart / george duke   Union Auditorium, Illinois State University Normal, Illinois, United States
May 02, 1975 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention / sha na na     Nassau Coliseum Uniondale, New York, United States
Apr 30, 1975 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention   Trenton Civic Center Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Apr 19, 1975 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention / mckendree spring     Capitol Theatre Passaic, New Jersey, United States
Nov 26, 1974 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention / Robin Trower     Pershing Auditorium Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Nov 10, 1974 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention   Capitol Theatre Port Chester, New York, United States
Apr 30, 1974 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention   Ritchie Coliseum, University Of Maryland College Park, Maryland, United States
Feb 23, 1974 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention     Shrine Auditorium Los Angeles, California, United States
Feb 16, 1974 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention / Casey Kelly     Berkeley Community Theare Berkeley, California, United States
Feb 15, 1974 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention / Casey Kelly     Sacramento Memorial Auditorium Sacramento, California, United States
Nov 22, 1973 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention     Philharmonic Hall New York, New York, United States
Nov 02, 1973 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention   Masonic Auditorium Detroit, Michigan, United States
May 02, 1973 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention / mahavishnu orchestra     Fairgrounds Coliseum Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Apr 29, 1973 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention     Recreation Hall, Penn State University University Park, PA
Apr 28, 1973 mahavishnu orchestra / Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention / John Hammond Jr     The Spectrum Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 07, 1972 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention / tim buckley / Lindisfarne     Long Island Arena Commack, New York, United States
Nov 03, 1972 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention / tim buckley   The Mosque Auditorium Richmond, Virginia, United States
Oct 31, 1972 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention / tim buckley     Capitol Theatre Passaic, New Jersey, United States
Oct 28, 1972 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention     Onondaga War Memorial Auditorium Buffalo, New York, United States
Oct 16, 1971 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention   Stony Brook University Stony Brook, New York, United States
Oct 11, 1971 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention     Carnegie Hall New York, New York, United States
Oct 01, 1971 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention   Sacramento Memorial Auditorium Sacramento, California, United States
Jun 05, 1971 –
Jun 06, 1971
Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention / Hampton Grease Band / Head Over Heels     Fillmore East New York, New York, United States
Jun 03, 1971 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention / Head Over Heels   State Farm Arena Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
May 30, 1971 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention / Humble Pie / Head Over Heels     Public Hall Cleveland, Ohio, United States
May 29, 1971 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention / Livingston Taylor / Bambu   Oakland University Outdoor Pavilion Rochester, Michigan, United States
Nov 21, 1970 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention   Auditorium Theatre Chicago, Illinois, United States
Nov 13, 1970 –
Nov 14, 1970
Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention / Sha Na Na / JF Murphy & Free Flowing Salt     Fillmore East New York, New York, United States
Nov 05, 1970 –
Nov 08, 1970
Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention / Boz Scaggs / Ashton Gardner And Dyke     Fillmore West San Francisco, California, United States
Oct 16, 1970 –
Oct 17, 1970
Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention / Fat   Capitol Theatre Port Chester, New York, United States
Oct 11, 1970 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention   Jacksonville Civic Auditorium Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Aug 21, 1970 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention / The Persuasions     Santa Monica Civic Auditorium Santa Monica, California, United States
Aug 09, 1970 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention / Toe Fat / Head Over Heels   Capitol Theatre Port Chester, New York, United States
May 15, 1970 Contempo 70       Pauley Pavilion, UCLA Los Angeles, California, United States
Aug 01, 1969 –
Aug 03, 1969
atlantic city pop festival  
The Mothers Of Invention
Atlantic City Racetrack Atlantic City, NJ
Jul 12, 1969 Sly and the Family Stone / Ten Years After / The Mothers Of Invention / Frank Zappa / Jeff Beck / The Guess Who / savoy brown     Laurel Race Course Laurel, Maryland, United States
Jun 27, 1969 –
Jun 29, 1969
Vanilla Fudge / Frank Zappa / Jimi Hendrix / Johnny Winter / iron butterfly / Three Dog Night / Big Mama Thornton / tim buckley / Joe Cocker / Poco / sweetwater / zéphyr / Steve Martin / The Mothers Of Invention / Crosby / Crosby, Stills & Nash / ...     Mile High Stadium Denver, Colorado, United States
Apr 19, 1969 Frank Zappa / The Guess Who / Alice Cooper / The Mothers Of Invention Mercer Arena Seattle, Washington, United States
Apr 12, 1969 Country Joe & The Fish / Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention   Community Concourse San Diego, California, United States
Mar 02, 1969 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention / Vanilla Fudge / the soul survivors     The Arena Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 22, 1969 Frank Zappa / The Mothers Of Invention / Chicago / Buddy Miles Express   Fillmore East New York, New York, United States
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Concerts Per Year:
2010 1 concert
1977 3 concerts
1975 9 concerts
1974 6 concerts
1973 5 concerts
1972 4 concerts
1971 7 concerts
1970 8 concerts
1969 9 concerts
1968 11 concerts
1967 5 concerts
1966 2 concerts
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