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Monday, 7 April 2014

Q&A: Dweezil Zappa

You grow up with high expectations when your dad -- a wacky but monumentally respected international musical star -- lists your religion on your birth certificate as "musician."
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You grow up with high expectations when your dad -- a wacky but monumentally respected international musical star -- lists your religion on your birth certificate as "musician."But today, at age 44, Dweezil Zappa is living the destiny his father Frank pinned on him so many years ago, carrying on the Zappa legacy in a stellar tribute ensemble while at the same time passing on some of his more spiritual wisdom about music and guitar playing to enthralled followers who eagerly sign up to take his pre-concert master classes.
Zappa held many of those classes during his last tour promoting one of his father's most beloved or notorious albums (depending on who you talk to), "Roxy & Elsewhere."
But this spring, Zappa is shelving Zappa Plays Zappa in favor of playing another mystical and misunderstood guitar genius' material. He is currently appearing as part of the collection of guitar masters headlining the Experience Hendrix Tour.
For the second time, Zappa has been invited to appear alongside fellow Hendrix devotees including Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Billy Cox, Bootsy Collins, and fellow guitarists Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Brad Whitford of Aerosmith, Eric Johnson, Doyle Bramhall II, Chris Layton, Eric Gales, Ana Popovic, Henri Brown, Dani Robinson, Stan Skibby, and Quinn Sullivan.
Having primarily heard the music his father was working on or listening to at home while growing up, Zappa says he eventually began discovering new sounds on the radio. Besides his father's music, young Dweezil began listening to the Beatles, Queen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The Who and of course, Hendrix.
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