Dweezil Zappa
Musician, actor
Dweezil Zappa
Dweezil Zappa is an American rock guitarist and occasional actor.
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Dweezil Zappa's personal information overview.
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Dweezil Zappa forced to change Zappa band's moniker (again). Now Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever the ... He Wants - the Cease and Desist Tour
LATimes - 8 months
Frank Zappa’s son Dweezil Zappa has again been forced to change the name of his upcoming band and tour after receiving a cease and desist letter from the Zappa Family Trust, which owns and administers the recordings and rights to all of the late composer’s work and is run by Dweezil’s siblings...
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Ana Popovic: From Behind the Six String
Huffington Post - about 1 year
"Change your records. One day you will wake up with your own licks. It's a promise." ~ Ana Popovic Belgrade, Serbia is not known for being a city that churns out blues musicians. But this is in fact where a young Ana Popovic was introduced to the blues and the guitar. Jump to twenty years later and she is one of the most popular female blues guitar players in the world. In this interview we talked about the first time she played on stage, collaborating on an album with her father, and being part of the Experience Hendrix Tour. Photo courtesy Leslii Stevens | Studio 23 So, you got into the blues through your father. Was the blues a popular genre in your native Serbia? AP: No...Not at all. There were a few bands that were doing it at that time, and I was really drawn to it at a very early age. I would go to the nightclubs to listen to some of the blues bands. I was twelve or thirteen at the time, so I could listen to the first two songs, and then it would be time to go back ho ...
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'Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train' review: Vital glance
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Hear My Train a Comin', directed by Bob Smeaton and premiering Tuesday on PBS, hits all the right notes, beginning with Hendrix's childhood in Seattle, his military service where he met lifelong friend and frequent collaborator Billy Cox, and into his tragically brief but still brilliant career as one of the greatest guitar players in the world. [...] there's plenty of musical evidence of his singular genius, including previously unseen footage from the 1968 Miami Pop Festival. For many, the real highlight of the film won't be commentary from musicians such as Paul McCartney, Dweezil Zappa, Dave Mason, Steve Winwood or Hendrix's bandmates in the Experience, Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell. Kramer, who worked closely with Hendrix for years, deconstructs a single passage of typically dense Hendrix music to demonstrate how the sound was created through the fusion of three guitar layers, each of which was musically distinct from the others. Another reason Hendrix attracted attention, s ...
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One-Act Plays a Short Twist for Some Summer Stages
Bridgewater Patch - over 4 years
Full-length plays, both comedies and dramas, are often found on North Jersey's stages, but this summer, two area theaters are offering something a bit different with productions of one-act plays. Chatham Community Players are getting ready for the 18th annual Jersey Voices One Act Festival, which begins July 27. The summer tradition offers New Jersey playwrights a chance to get their work performed on a stage. And Chester Theatre Groups is offering "An Evening of One-Acts" July 27-28. This special event will put the spotlight on two short plays, "Exchange" by Bennett Fisher and "Scooter Thomas Makes it to the Top of the World," by Peter Parnell." That's just the start of what's happening on area's stages. There are plenty of concerts to see, family-friendly theatrical productions, and some good old plays and musicals. There's actually an awful lot happening on a stage near, so read the On Stage Scoop and start making your plans. THE ON STAGE SCOOP Audition Alert, "Bli ...
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Summer Stage: What's in Store at North Jersey Theaters
The Caldewells Patch - over 4 years
Whatever kind of theater you like, there's bound to be something playing on a stage in North Jersey that appeals to you. If you like musicals, then head to Pleasant Valley Park in Bernards for "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" or the Growing Stage children's theater in Netcong for "The Wiz." If you like classical theater, the Shakespeare Theatre in Madison is offering two comedies: the Bard's "The Comedy of Errors" on its outdoor stage at the College of St. Elizabeth and "The Liar" on the main stage at Drew University. Kids are sure to get a kick out of "Alice in Wonderland" at Brundage Park Playhouse, "Sleeping Beauty," at Pax Amicus Castle Theatre, "Winnie the Pooh" at Summit Playhouse or one of the children productions at the Bickford. Even opera lovers are in luck, as Opera New Jersey is bringing Gilbert and Sullivan's "H.M.S. Pinafore" to the Mayo Center in Morristown. Other offerings include concerts by Wynonna, Marc Cohn or Yes, a comedy show by Kat ...
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Frank Zappa Artist Cal Schenkel Signs Artwork, Records in Bryn Mawr
Bryn Mawr- Gladwyne Patch - almost 5 years
Cal Schenkel, the artist who created record album covers for Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention, visited Gold Million Records in Bryn Mawr on Saturday to sign his original artwork, limited edition prints and records. Schenkel—who also designed album covers for Captain Beefheart, Tom Waits, The Fugs, and Tim Buckley, and a recently-released CD cover for Dweezil Zappa—appeared at Gold Million Records in honor of the 5th annual Record Store Day. Held each year on the third Saturday in April, Record Store Day celebrates independent record stores worldwide with special events and prompts hundreds of artists, such as Springsteen and Paul McCartney, to make new records specifically for the day, said Harold Gold, who owns Gold Million Records with his wife, Max I. Million. “Harold invited me last year, and it was really great,” Schenkel said, as he set up a table of his artwork and prints for the signing. “One nice thing is it’s not too far,” said Schenkel, who lives in Wil ...
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Review: Return to Forever comes back bigger, louder, faster - Pioneer Press
Google News - over 5 years
The show drew a number of fans of the late Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Frank Zappa, since the opening act was Frank's son, guitarist Dweezil Zappa. Dweezil led his eight-piece band through a well-played set of his father's complicated, jazz-influenced
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Country music master Gene Watson returns to Renfro Valley - Lexington Herald Leader
Google News - over 5 years
Sharing the bill was Zappa Plays Zappa, an ensemble led by guitarist Dweezil Zappa devoted exclusively to the non-classical repertoire of his late father, composer/guitarist Frank Zappa. Lest anyone dismiss this as just another tribute band,
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Interview with Lenny White from Return To Forever - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
Zappa Plays Zappa opens the show, featuring Dweezil Zappa and his band re-creating the legendary music of Frank Zappa live on stage. Tell me how a reunion came about at this particular time. Well, there's been a reach for it for years
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Dweezil's a good kid after all - Poughkeepsie Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Even though I didn't know too much of his music, what I did know now was that Dweezil Zappa was carrying on his dad's legacy. The mom in me kind of liked that. What a sweet boy. (The boy is now 41.) The boy also has some crazy fans
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Frank Zappa's songs to be played by son Dweezil on UK tour - NME.com
Google News - over 5 years
Dweezil Zappa, son of the late Frank Zappa, is set to play his father's songs on a 13 date tour of the UK. Starting this November, the tour is being put together by The Zappa Family Trust and follows last year's similar Dweezil Zappa fronted gig at the
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MUSIC REVIEW; Return to Forever IV at the Beacon Theater - Review
NYTimes - over 5 years
Return to Forever IV showed off every which way on Friday night at the Beacon Theater. Otherwise the group wouldn’t have been doing its job. Jazz-rock fusion, as pioneered by previous lineups of Return to Forever in the 1970s, glorifies confrontational virtuosity. Composers show off by writing breakneck melodies, sudden meter shifts and
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A welcome Return and a night of virtuosity - Boston Globe
Google News - over 5 years
Zappa Plays Zappa - Dweezil Zappa leading a crackerjack young band through similarly challenging repertoire from his late father, Frank Zappa - was the opening act. In introducing the Clarke tune “Dayride'' midway through Return to Forever's set,
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Jazz-rock fusion's Return to Forever at the Mann | Philadelphia Inquirer ... - Philadelphia Inquirer
Google News - over 5 years
Return to Forever's nearly two hour-set followed an hour-long opener by Zappa Plays Zappa, guitarist Dweezil Zappa's band dedicated to the music of his late father, iconoclastic guitarist/composer Frank. Sticking mostly to Zappa's mid-'70s material,
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DCist Preview: Return to Forever IV @ Merriweather Post - DCist.com
Google News - over 5 years
His son, Dweezil Zappa, will lead his band, Zappa Plays Zappa, through his father's classic material. Like Zappa, Return to Forever has always sought to make music with highest level of integrity, aiming to challenge the listener while also
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Carrying on the Zappa legacy - Press Herald
Google News - over 5 years
As a young guitarist, Dweezil Zappa had the chance to play on stage with one of the most innovative and creative rock guitarists ever. But at the time, young Dweezil really didn't get what his father was doing
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dweezil Zappa
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 46
    In 2016, Zappa went on tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of Frank Zappa's album Freak Out!
    More Details Hide Details The tour was titled "50 Years of Frank: Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever the F@%k He Wants – The Cease and Desist Tour".
  • 2012
    Age 42
    In March 2012, with the divorce case still unresolved, Zappa's former lawyer made a public issue of his unpaid legal bills. Dweezil went on to marry Megan Marsicano in a private ceremony in Los Angeles in April 2012.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Age 39
    In 2009, Ray White left Zappa Plays Zappa for an undisclosed reason.
    More Details Hide Details Zappa lent his voice to one of the characters in one episode of Metalocalypse on Adult Swim.
  • 2006
    Age 36
    In 2006, Zappa organized the "Zappa Plays Zappa" tour.
    More Details Hide Details He assembled a band of young musicians with a view to bring the music of Frank Zappa to a younger audience. The tour also featured guest appearances by Steve Vai, Napoleon Murphy Brock and Terry Bozzio. The tour began in Europe in May with dates in the U.S. from June. After a break it continued in the U.S. on October 18, 2006. The 2007 version of the tour ran from July, finishing in Australia in early December, and featured Ray White as special guest. The shows ended with the promise: "There are so many songs we want to learn to play... see y'all next year ", and further tours have followed each year since 2007.
  • 2005
    Age 35
    Zappa married fashion stylist Lauren Knudsen on September 3, 2005 in Los Angeles. They have two daughters: Zola Frank Zappa (born 2006) and Ceylon Indira Zappa (born 2008). In March 2010 Knudsen filed for divorce in L.A. County Superior Court.
    More Details Hide Details According to the documents, she cited irreconcilable differences and applied to share legal custody of the two daughters.
  • 2003
    Age 33
    In "Weird Al" Yankovic's 2003 eleventh studio album Poodle Hat, Zappa performs the opening guitar solo and lends his vocal talents to the track, "Genius in France".
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Age 29
    In 1999, Dweezil, alongside his brother, Ahmet Zappa, starred in a show featuring celebrities, bands and dance troupe called Happy Hour which debuted April 3, 1999 on the USA Network.
    More Details Hide Details The show lasted for one season despite its success due to a copyright dispute over the title of the show.
  • 1998
    Age 28
    From 1998 to 2004, Zappa dated musician Lisa Loeb.
    More Details Hide Details Zappa and Loeb wrote and performed music together, and Zappa toured with Loeb's band. The couple co-hosted the cooking show Dweezil & Lisa on Food Network in 2004.
    In 1998, Zappa played music agent John Kaplan in the Warner Bros. family comedy Jack Frost.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1969
    Born
    Born on September 5, 1969.
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