Suosikki (Favorite) was a popular Finnish monthly youth magazine, issued from August 1961 until December 2012. (wikipedia)

1971 February

No. 2


Viva Zappa!
By Olli Perttula, pp 72-73

Concert review and interview with Frank Zappa made some time in Amsterdam. In article is written, that it was the concert in Paradiso club. There is no confirmed Zappa &The Mothers gig in Paradiso club known. On page 72 is a picture made by the author, where we can see George Duke with trombone in Concertgebow, Amsterdam. Most probably was the author at Zappa's gig in Concertgebow in December 6, 1970.

Parts of the article seems to be a modified translation of the Doon Arbus' article printed in 1967 in Cheetah and are misleading. They describe the concert and band back in 1967. In 1970 in Amsterdam Zappa was with so called Flo & Eddie band.

Full text with translation available.



1973 September

No. 9


Sensational Sound Of Zappa!
By Bill Breckham, pp 94-95

Nice article about Zappa, "one of the most important cultural geniuses of the XX century next to Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Gustav Mahler".


Source: slime.oofytv.set


1973 October

No. 10


Zappa: liikenero ja musiikinero samassa persoonassa! Palkkio 150 000 markka?
(Zappa: business genius and musical genius in the same body! Salary 150 000 mark?)
By Suosikki, p 36

The Mothers: Over-Nite Sensation
By James Seville, p 85

The main article is about Zappa, the outstanding businessman. It was agreed, that for two Helsinki concerts (in August 1973) Zappa will get 150,000 FIM, but the total box office later, with ticket price of 20 FIM, was only about 100,000 FIM. The concerts were paid to Zappa by Helsinki city festival organizers and the difference was covered by tax payers. "In our country we support not only opera, but also elite pop music."

Interesting, that in this article is written, that Zappa had actually three concerts in Helsinki because the demand was so high and probably he got more than 150,000 FIM.

Zappa gig list includes two shows in August 23. In the Suosikki article is written, that Zappa had concerts in two consecutive days with long rehearsals in both days and everything in these two days was recorded. Most probably Zappa had two full-scale concerts in August 23 and 24, and 3rd concert mentioned was actually a jam session afterparty in August 23 in N-Klubi without Zappa (described in Intro, October 1973).

Finally, in October 2013, Road Tapes, Venue #2 were issued based on recordings of the shows in August 23-24, Finlandia-talo, Helsinki.

The review of the concerts you can find in Intro, October 1973.

Source: slime.oofytv.set


1974 September

No. 9


Frank Zappa story alkaa!
By Johnny Maestro, pp 110-111

First of a 3-part article about FZ.



1974 October

No. 10


Taitelija, liikemies ... nero? (Artist, businessman... genius?)
By Johnny Maestro, pp 40-41

Pihvisüdäntä ei kesytetä
By Johnny Maestro, pp 122-123

Second of a 3-part article about FZ and interview with Captain Beefheart.



1974 November

No. 11


Suosikin lukijat tapasivat Zappan (Readers of Suosikki meeting Zappa)
By Timo Mesimäki, pp 36-37

Ei missän ole tälläistä kuin Suomessa!
(Nowhere is there like in Finland!)
By Johnny Maestro, pp 38-40

Roxy and Elsewhere (review)
p 104

Issue contains last, 3rd part of a 3-part article about FZ.



1975 October

No. 10


Zappa puhuu Suosikille
By Armando Gallo, pp 118-120

What do you consider more worth seeing places in the United States?

Frank: I think you should definitely see the Southern States because I think they are probably one of the best places in the United States. (read more)



1976 January

No. 1


Kummisetä ratsastaa jälleen (Godfather rides again)
By Kalevi Kaukonen, pp 2-3

Frank Zappasta on tullut parin vuoden alkana eräänlainen suomalaisten poppareiden Kummisetä, jonka sanaa kuunellaan ja esimerkkiä seurataan.
Ensi kuussa hän saapuu jälleen ja silloin voimme kysyä vieläkö Zappan musiikillinen luovuus liitää ratsun tavoin.

Google translate:
Frank Zappa has become a kind of Godfather of Finnish rockers in the last couple of years, whose word is listened to and followed.
Next month, he arrives again, and then we can ask if Zappa's musical creativity sticks around like a horse.




1976 August

No. 8


U.S.A. Super Adventure Volume 1
By Jyrki-Boy, pp 10-13

This exclusive interview was made in Zappa's home, LA. After the interview FZ and Jyrki-Boy visited recording studio where Grand Funk Railroad was recording their LP (Good Singin', Good Playin'), and Zappa played a guitar solo for this album (probably for the song "Out To Get You"). Full text available.

Source: slime.oofytv.set


1977 March

No. 3


Hirviö-Zappan ja gentleman-Freemanin mystinen SALT (suola)-kokous
By Hansci Lounisola, pp 36, 37, 39

Frank Zappa inteviewed by Freeman, Finnish number one singer in these days.



1994 January

No. 1


Frank Zappa In Memoriam
By Jyrki Hämäläinen, pp 84-85