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Dweezil Zappa

Dweezil Zappa (born September 5, 1969) is an American rock guitarist and occasional actor. He is the son of musician[L]Frank Zappa[/L.

In the 1980s, Zappa worked as an MTV VJ and was promptly fired after badmouthing MTV on The Howard Stern Show. Healso recorded some solo albums, as well as playing for other artists. Zappa can be heard playing lead guitar on The Fat Boys'"Wipe Out" (1987) and can be seen in the music video for Don Johnson's top 40 song, "Heartbeat". He also played co-leadguitar (along with Reb Beach) on Winger's cover of ...read more

Dweezil Zappa (born September 5, 1969) is an American rock guitarist and occasional actor. He is the son of musician[L]Frank Zappa[/L.

In the 1980s, Zappa worked as an MTV VJ and was promptly fired after badmouthing MTV on The Howard Stern Show. Healso recorded some solo albums, as well as playing for other artists. Zappa can be heard playing lead guitar on The Fat Boys'"Wipe Out" (1987) and can be seen in the music video for Don Johnson's top 40 song, "Heartbeat". He also played co-leadguitar (along with Reb Beach) on Winger's cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze". He also had a part in the futuristicArnold Schwarzenegger film The Running Man as Stevie ("Don't touch that dial!"), and gave his most famous cameo role inJohn Hughes's Brat Pack film, Pretty in Pink (starring Molly Ringwald), as Andie's friend, Simon.Since the early 1990s, Zappa has been working on a piece of music named "What the Hell Was I Thinking?", a 75-minutepiece featuring guitar solos by dozens of famous guitar players. The project has suffered from numerous difficulties and hasbeen reworked several times since the '90s. Dweezil said in September 2004: "I started recording it on analog tape almost 13years ago... There are probably about 35 guest guitar players on it, everybody from Brian May to Eddie VanHalen, Eric Johnson, Angus and Malcolm Young — it's quite a crazy project. I'm still waiting and hoping to record JeffBeck and Jimmy Page as some of my final guests on there..

In the mid 1990s, Zappa voiced the character Ajax Duckman on the animated series Duckman. He also briefly appeared in thetelevision sitcom Normal Life with sister Moon Unit Zappa and former Laverne & Shirley star Cindy Williams. He composed andperformed the theme music for The Ben Stiller Show (the solo from Spinal Tap's "Break Like the Wind"). In 1999, Dweezil,alongside his brother, Ahmet Zappa, starred in a show featuring celebrities, bands and dance troupe called Happy Hour whichdebuted April 3, 1999 on the USA Network. The show lasted for one season despite its success due to a copyright disputeover the title of the show.

In "Weird Al" Yankovic's 2003 eleventh studio album Poodle Hat, Zappa performs the opening guitar solo and lends his vocaltalents to the track, "Genius in France". In 2006, Zappa organized the "Zappa Plays Zappa" tour. He assembled a bandof young musicians with a view to bring the music of Frank Zappa to a younger audience. The tour also featured guestappearances by Steve Vai, Napoleon Murphy Brock and Terry Bozzio. The tour began in Europe in May with dates inthe 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: "Thereare so many songs we want to learn to play ... see y'all next year ...", and further tours have followed each year since 2007.In 2009, Ray White left Zappa Plays Zappa for an undisclosed reason « hide

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