Frank Zappa certainly out did other fathers – nothing as simple as a Boy named Sue for Frank. Moon Unit, Dweezil, these are names of distinction. Well, they’re distinctive. So Dweezil got an interesting start – he also got to hang around with a lot of guitar players and got to be a master of the guitar himself, releasing his first single at the age of 12. Eddie Van Halen produced that. As a tribute to his father who died in 1993, Dweezil has been touring Zappa senior’s music for a decade
– and this has led to another strange family moment. He is no longer allowed to use his touring name – Zappa plays Zappa – despite this being unarguably true. He – Dweezil Zappa – plays the music written by his father Frank Zappa. But when did logic ever cut much mustard in the music world? So, since younger siblings Ahmet and Diva have slapped a Cease and Desist order on brother Dweezil to prevent him using the band name Zappa plays Zappa he is now touring under the name Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever the F@&k He Wants. And it turns out that that happens to be the music of Frank Zappa!
And thus fifty years on from the first Mothers Of Invention album release Freak Out, Frank Zappa’s son Dweezil and his amazing band hand-pick their favourite tracks from Frank Zappa’s extensive back catalogue. In 2009, they were awarded a Grammy Award for best rock instrumental performance for their version of Peaches en Regalia and they were nominated in the same category in 2010 for their performance of The Deathless Horsie. With their latest UK tour Dweezil and the band offer the chance to witness his father’s musical legacy brought to life on stage, fifty years since The Mothers Of Invention first toured the UK.
Dweezil Zappa 2017 Tour Dates
Sun 8 Oct 17 Gateshead The Sage
Mon 9 Oct 17 Salford Lowry
Tue 10 Oct 17 London Royal Festival Hall
Thu 12 Oct 17 Birmingham Town Hall
Fri 13 Oct 17 Bexhill On Sea De La Warr Pavilio