As many of you surely know, Zappa had a pretty bad accident that night when he was thrown off the stage into the orchestra pit. He had a broken leg, a broken rib, a hole in the back of his head, a paralyzed arm and as a result of a damaged larynx, he had his voice permanently lowered. That night, the Mothers of Invention were: FZ: guitar, vocals Flo & Eddie (Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan): lead vocals Don Preston: keyboards, synth Ian Underwood: winds, keyboards Jim Pons: bass Aynsley Dunbar: drums The most recently released album was the soundtrack to "200 Motels", two months earlier. The show previous to this (Casino, Montreux, 4 December) is also famous because, to quote Deep Purple, "some stupid with a flaregun" shot the roof and caused a fire which burnt down the casino and all of the equipment. Frank wanted to go back to the US, but he let the band decide wether to continue or not. It was chosen to continue, so they bought a new equipment and decided to re-start the tour in London, 10th December, with two shows at the Rainbow Theatre. Shows in France, Belgium and UK were cancelled in the process. The show was also professionally recorded and an audience member managed to save the night into a not hi-fi sounding cassette tape (though intellegible). The setlist for that night was this: Zanti Serenade [partially released on "Playground Psychotics"] Peaches En Regalia Tears Began To Fall Shove it Right In The Sofa Suite [not performed in its enterely, released on "You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 1"] A Pound for a Brown [extracts released on "Playground Psychotics" as "Don't Eat There" and "Brixton Still Life"] Sleeping in a Jar [edited version released on "Playground Psychotics"] Wonderful Wino [released on "Playground Psychotics"] Sharleena [released on "Playground Psychotics"] Cruising for Burgers [released on "Playground Psychotics"] King Kong [parts released on "You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 3"] Musically, the show was a mixed bag. The first half was plagued by technical problems, which resulted in a lot of undesired feedback, but after a while, they figured out how to use the new equipment, so things went better. There were a lot of inspired moments, expecially on "A Pound for a Brown" and "King Kong". Frank spent some of his banter time telling the audience what happened during the last show. Before "King Kong", Zappa actually said that he was considering omitting this song from the setlist and ultimately decided against it (Kaylan, before the main theme: "Remember what happened the last time we played this? *manic laughter*"). The song went actually fairly well, with beautiful solos by Underwood, Dunbar and Zappa. Underwood and Zappa's solos (a very laid back one, with even what sounds like a "Big Swifty" prototype) can be found on "You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol.3". After playing the song, the show was over. Both the professional and the audience recording cut out during "King Kong", so what happened next has never been captured on tape. The band was returning on stage to do an encore, probably The Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand", which was occasionally played in that tour, when, suddenly, unnoticed by anyone, a young person named Trevor Howell, who thought Frank was making "eyes" at his girlfriend, managed to climb on stage and to push Zappa into the orchestra pit. Everybody was stunned and they thought Frank was dead, because his body was in a strange position, his neck was on his shoulder and he had his eyed opened, even though he was unconscious. Kaylan remembers that manager Herbie Cohen managed to catch the Howell guy and to beat the crap out of him. Frank gained coscience while he was still on the pit (even though he didn't remember at all what happened) but he was given no anesthetic as the doctors thought he could have had a concussion, so he passed out again on his way to the hospital. Frank spent one year in a wheelchair and during this time he managed to release three albums: "Just Another Band From LA" (culled from the 7 August 1971 UCLA show), "Waka/Jawaka" and "The Grand Wazoo", two mostly instrumental albums featuring Dunbar, Underwood and Preston among others. The 1971 band's carreer was abrputly stopped, the rest of the shows cancelled and Pons and Flo & Eddie would never play with Frank again (even though, F&E rehearsed with him in 1987). Frank's tapes of the show were understandably left collecting dust for a long time, then, when he started to compile his archive releases, he released a large bunch of it. He even went as far as saying that, had the orchestra pit incident been recorded, it would have been included in the YCDTOSA serie. I am personally not sure whether I would like to hear it, as it would be quite disturbing. This was for those who weren't there and who didn't know what happened. Now a question for those who were there during the show: what is your recollection of the events? People who were planning to go to the late show or one of the subsequent cancelled show can post their memories as well.