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Dweezil Zappa

Son of Frank Zappa and a heavy metal disciple of Eddie Van Halen and Steve Vai, Dweezil released his first album, Havin' a Bad Day, in 1986. He worked a stint as a VJ on MTV, appeared in the films Pretty in Pink and The Running Man, and had a brief sojourn in TV situation comedy with his sister Moon Unit, on 1988-1989's Normal Life. Dweezil also issued his second album, My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama, in 1988, following it in 1991 with Confessions, and subsequently took a break from solo recording. He worked in television for a time, composing the theme song to the sadly short-lived Ben Stiller Show and voicing the character of Ajax on the brilliant USA Network animated series Duckman. He next formed the band Z with brother Ahmet on vocals; the group released two albums together: 1994's Shampoohorn and 1996's Music for Pets.

In addition to his work as a session guitarist, Zappa busied himself with Happy Hour (a TV show for the USA Network that debuted in 1999 and was co-hosted with Ahmet), and his first solo album in nine years, 2000's mostly instrumental Automatic. Following this, Dweezil fell back out of the public eye and re-dedicated himself to learning guitar, changing his style a bit and adopting many of his father's picking techniques. In 2005, he assembled a crack band of younger players and recruited FZ alumni Steve Vai, Terry Bozzio, and Napoleon Murphy Brock for the critically acclaimed Zappa Plays Zappa tour, which hit the road in the summer of 2006. The band (with Brock ostensibly as the frontman) performed an entire program of Frank Zappa compositions with Vai and Bozzio appearing as guests and Dweezil himself as lead guitarist/bandleader.

Between legs of that tour, he released Go with What You Know, easily his most ambitious album to date. A studio version and DVD of Zappa Plays Zappa appeared in 2008 with a live album from the project -- Return of the Son Of... -- following in 2010. Several more Zappa Plays Zappa-related concert recordings appeared over the next couple years: Live - 'In the Moment' (2011), double CD F.O.H. (2012), and F.O.H. III: Out of Obscurity (also 2012). Dweezil returned to the studio and released Via Zammata', his first proper solo album in nearly a decade, in 2015. The album contained a vocal cameo by actor John Malkovich, as well as a song called "Dragon Master," which was based around lyrics written by Frank. ~ Cub Koda & Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Return Of The Son Of...

Disc 1

1. The Deathless Horsie

2. Andy

3. Magic Fingers

4. Broken Hearts Are For A**holes

5. Bamboozled By Love

7. Montana

Disc 2

2. Dirty Love

3. Zomby Woof

5. Camarillo Brillo

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Track List: Go With What You Know

1. Love Ride

2. Noitpure

3. Fighty Bitey

4. CC$

5. Preludumus Maximus

6. Rhythmatist

7. Thunder Pimp

8. All Roads Lead To Inca

9. Electroacoustic Matter

10. The Grind

11. Peaches En Regalia

12. Chunga's Whiskers

13. Audio Movie

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U2 boy
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Your father is my bless. Seriously to much.
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I see you father 1976. Capitol Port Chester . I and one good acid. My father Fransisco Zappa
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My Father
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gsanthony10
Music is the BEST
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Zootalures baby wonderful wining teehee
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Sweetie sings and plays just like his dad...Frank would be very proud!
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Sorry pandora going to listen to joes garage
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I've followed Frank from the beginning, true genius. Dweezil shows great impact also. FZ , sadly missed
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Great comment roy but i don't agree with the accomplished guitar take. The Dweez is quite incredible though.
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Frank Zappa definitely had his own style in many ways. Song writing, compositions , singing, guitar playing, etc. After listening to Dweezil play Frank's songs to near perfection, I think it's only fair to give credit where credit is certainly due. No disrespect to Frank at all but I really feel that Dweezil may be a more accomplished guitar player. I'm sure that Frank's style or the way that he expressed it had to be learned just like the songs themselves. Dweezil's delivery is Top Notch,
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mark.heiser
Saw Z in Indy @ 94-95. Fabulous. Their encore was a SEAMLESS string of song snippets, maybe 50 or 60 different songs, that BLEW MY MIND! Love the Zappas!
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I'd like to see The Dweez live, but if I'm going to listen to a recording, best go back to the source.
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Zappa 4 Pres!! ;-)
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FZ best album
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Started on Zappa at the age of 9 in 1972.when other kids were into Bay City Rollers and KC or whatever. Seen FZ for the last time in Chicago in 1981 at the uptown in downtown. Best show ever. Ran into Dweezle one night on Pandora. Wow o- f**kin' Wow!!!
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Very pleased with this Zappa station. I get to re-live many memories of Zappa, not to mention that I get to experience what his son is doing. Totally awesomeness. It's as if he picked up where his father has left off. Oh, and I'm also reminded of the other similar artists that you never hear enough of either. Pandora has made it possible to listen to all of my old vinyl without having to get it all out of storage. Thank you, you all truly ROCK!
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Ditto trinn 17.
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Well as I live and breathe! Seen Dad in Houston and he S M O K E D !!!! But I obviously have had my head in the sand since I didn't even know the baby boy wuz all growed up and takin' up Daddy's campaign to educate the boring, blind, mass of internet idiots that are manipulated by Big Brother having their minds warped and mesmerized by the evil powers that be. Count me in! I'm on board and will do everything in my power to save the children from becoming what they fear most and that's zombies.
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Zappa is a legendary genius! Unbelievable . I close my eyes and get shifted into another world!! Thank You Dweezil for keeping tradition alive. Seen Zappa Plays Zappa in Asheville, NC, what a freaking good show! Thank you friend.
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b a zappa
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Zappa Plays Zappa - Many songs on this from live show @ Roseland Theater, Portland Oregon while it was pouring down cold rain outside.
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Saw my first Zappa plays Zappa a few days ago at talking stick. It was awesome! Can't wait to see them again! So sorry to hear about Gail Zappa passing!
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COMMING RIGHT ALONG DWEEZ, STICK WITH WHAT YOU KNOW, YOU COULD BE AS GOOD AS FRANK SOMEDAY
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Keeping the dream alive
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trinn17
Have seen Zappa Does Zappa a couple of different times now..Kudos to Dweez, he is (and continues to be) totally dedicated to performing Frank's music as flawlessly as possible and will continue to learn his (Frank's) music and perform it as long as people continue to want to hear it. The man has taught himself to be a hell of a guitarist and puts on a great, great show. Even did a duet with Frank (on tape on a large screen behind him) that was really cool. I'd go see this show again anytime!
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I saw Frank live two times in the eighties. He was fantastic ! Haven't seen Dweezil yet but I sure hope to soon. Keep rocking dude.
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Right on once again my man. You are keeping your father alive, I love you for it. Also, I love your music too. Keep Creating, your an amazing guitar player, and I also love your demeanor.
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A** kicking ��
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Frankzappa is the best for all times and Dweezil is carrying on .Thank God and all the other musicians
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sounds good
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Dang!!! Dweezil perfectly NAILS each major guitar solo on 'Return of the Son of...'!
That live release has 3 of my all time favorite guitar solos. Sheer perfection on 1) Inca Roads 2) Montana 3) Torture Never Stops
These are beautifully insanely awesome!
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saw zappa at filmore east with flo and eddie. Grace Slick showed up. The tour was promoting 200 Motels - the movie is one insane asylum with theodore bickel looping as the mc. Again Zappa at The Palladium in NYC - halloween with the theme T&A - tits and a**. Dweezil twice - Beacon Theater then MayoPac in Morristown NJ. Ah the memories of the good ole days when we were all free and easy ...
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happyfreelif e . r c
Looking forward to seeing the April 12th show at Berklee in Boston! !!. Zappa !!
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Music is not just limited to pop culture... Indie culture is alive and well yet this.... Pushes the envelope to where to draw a line.

Good times and hope. Continue the passion play of musical ineraction
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Keep on truckin dweez, love ya so much.
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I Love ya buddy, Thanks so much for keeping the light alive and well. Keep going please. Your following in Dads footsteps along with your own creative style, and I Love every bit of it.
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Welcome to the Zappa & Sons radio music club!
A superior music station for music fans with superior taste!
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FZ would b damned proud of ya Dweezil!
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I now include the Dweez in my top 10 favorite guitar players list. Dang son! You just done cracked my top 5 list! 'That's what's the deal your dealin' in' :D
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How come there's no early dweezel on here
Come on pandora
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I just attended Guitar class with Dweezil as instructor then got to see him and his band at the egg in Albany n.Y., covering "roxy & elsewhere" plus an assortment of F.Z. Goodies and An encore!! He tore the place up effortlessly ! The band was tight and loose at the same time, solid to the core! I've been walking on 10' of air for a.couple of days now! One of the nicest guys you could meet, watching him play is like watching Jackie chan or Bruce lee kick a**, fluid and hard hitting!! A chip off t
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I saw the Dwez in the city ..ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA .... F@#king, Fu@king GREAT !!! THANKS
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Started listening to Frank in the late 70's, the man was and still is incredible.. . and it looks as though a new age of Zappa lives on with his son. Purely genius.
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MAJOR ZAPPA FAN ALL THE BEST TO THE CHILDREN OF THE FATHER OF THE MOTHERS jomel61@yaho o
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Does Dweezil Zappa radio for Pandora kick major rump or what! I am discovering the best instrumental s and artists from all over the globe on this station. Do us Zappa fans have great musical taste or what! :D
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Dang! Dweezil must have been using 'The Pick of Destiny' for 'Return of the Son of' :D
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philippepelu s o
Frank Zappa cannot and will not be replaced and certainly not by his son, but what Dweezil has said many times, he plays his father's music as an hommage - he is only trying to tell the world that he loved his father's music....... . and I thank him for that.
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I saw Frank Zappa a few times, like father- like, son way cool!
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Chillin' with the Dweeeeeezil!

Virtuostic guitar work.
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