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Dweezil Zappa: 50 Years of Frank

Dweezil Zappa
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Dweezil Zappa was born to be a musician. His famous composer and musician father, Frank Zappa, actually listed his religion as “musician” on his birth certificate.

At age 6, he received a guitar from his dad, but it wasn’t until he was 12 that he started really becoming interested in playing it. Zappa listened to artists like AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, The Who and the Beatles for inspiration. At 12 he recorded his first song, “My Mother Is A Space Cadet,” which was released on his father’s label.

In the ‘80s, Zappa worked as a VJ on MTV. He recorded his first album, “Havin’ A Bad Day,” which included the single “Let’s Talk About It.” The song featured his sister, Moon Zappa, on vocals and the video was in regular rotation on MTV.

Zappa also started contributing to other artists’ work including playing lead guitar on the Fat Boys' "Wipe Out” and co-lead guitar on Winger's cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze." He dabbled in acting and had parts in “The Running Man” and “Pretty in Pink.”

In 2006, Zappa wanted to bring the music of his father to a younger audience and he organized the "Zappa Plays Zappa" tour. This Dweezil Zappa show also featured guest appearances by Steve Vai, Napoleon Murphy Brock and Terry Bozzio. Further tours have followed each year since 2007 with some lineup changes.

In 2016, Zappa went on tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of Frank Zappa's album “Freak Out!” The tour was titled "50 Years of Frank: Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever the F@%k He Wants – The Cease and Desist Tour." Don’t miss your chance to see this Dweezil Zappa concert at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.