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Frank Zappa performed at DU in 1971

Poster from DU Archives; photo by Wayne Armstrong

On Oct. 24, 1971, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention played to a jammed University of Denver arena. According to event coverage by Clarion reporter Steve Marsh (BA ’74), many students didn’t know what to expect from the legendary rocker, who was known for his anarchical shows. In the words of a student just before the concert: “Jesus, this outa be one helluva weird night, man.” Zappa recorded more than 60 albums and was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.

This poster resides in DU’s archives. If you were at the concert, please write us with your recollections.

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