I'd need to see some citation regarding Gail or Dweez sending cease and desist letters to bands covering Frank's stuff...sounds like baloney to me. However, I do agree with his (and subsequently their) right to protect what is done with his music and his name.
"Due the current climate with regard to permissions/legalities of performing FZ musics, the band have decided (at last) to spend the quality time they spend together working on original material, rather that play livel" http://www.muffinmen.co.uk/
A very good band from England who have had a fair few Zappa musicians play with them over the last twenty years. They were even told to not use the image of Zappa on a poster at one point.
... there was one exception and actually I saw it last week.
And that was...?!?
Sorry, just curious!
The full list I remember is:
Right, that's my off-topic(ish) distraction over with.
Here in England, mobile company Orange has been charging for paper bills for a while now.
The transition happened with little or no notice for me (my account still being at my parents house, I never read the bills, so I can't say 100% that they notified me) which is rather annoying, but it was worse for my partner.
She recieved an SMS from them to say they would start charging for paper bills (statement still comes free) and there was an option to opt-out (from a non-spam source) which she did.
lo and behold, full paper bills still came, with a charge, that wasn't refunded.
Worse still (if only a shade off-topic), they've been charging for delivery reports for 3 years, making their "free unlimited texts" rather dubious. I know not everyone uses them, but it's a bugger for me, as often I need to know the message has arrived!
The sensations range from a thrill (for the exhibitionist) to anxiety ("normal" people) all the way to psyche scarring shame (for the repressed).