Ike Willis (b. November 14, 1955) is an American singer and guitarist who was a regular sideman for Frank Zappa, first joining Zappa's band for the fall 1978 tour and remaining in the band for several years.
He did not tour with Zappa in 1981 and 1982 for personal reasons, but returned to touring with Zappa for his final two tours in 1984 (which Zappa intended at the time to be his final tour) and 1988.
He currently tours with the Frank Zappa tribute bands Bogus Pomp, Ossi Duri, Project/Object, Pojama People and Ugly Radio Rebellion. He's also performed several times with the Brazilian Zappa cover band, The Central Scrutinizer Band, The Muffin Men, and with the Italian band Elio e le Storie Tese.
Additionally, he has appeared multiple times at the annual Zappanale festival in Bad Doberan, Germany.
He is most recognized for his involvement in Zappa records such as playing Joe in Joe's Garage, providing vocals on Tinsel Town Rebellion, You Are What You Is, and The Man from Utopia, and as the title character and narrator in Zappa's off-Broadway-styled conceptual musical Thing-Fish.
Presently, the life story of Ike Willis is being written by a group of friends and fans calling themselves The Project Scrutinizer.
from Ike Willis:
Hi there, it's Ike here to say welcome to my new website IkeWillis.com.
Make sure to check back frequently as it grows, It is really going to be nice!
I am excited to be on the road a lot this upcoming summer and fall of 2013.
I have a lot of tours with different bands coming to a town near you!
Not only will I be performing around the USA, but back in Europe along with a visit to this years 24th Zappanale festival in Bad Doberan, Germany.
Keep checking back here as the new website comes to life, full of news, tour information, photos, and all you need to know on where to hear some great music!
I want to thank you again for all your support over the years and watch out as my book about life with Frank Zappa becomes available. It is going to a great read, giving you incite to the real life of being on the road with Frank Zappa!