Dweezil Zappa Hot Rats

I went to see Dweezil Zappa on Sunday at the New Theatre Oxford. His band played the full Hot Rats album, which his father, Frank created 50 years ago. In the second half, the band played further favourites and even included a rendition of The Knack’s My Sharona, which Dweezil said his Dad often inserted randomly into different songs in his shows.

The music was fairly new to me, though am more familiar with Dweezil’s own music, such as his latest album, Via Zammata, though my first introduction to the Zappa family music was his Confessions album, back in 1991, when I was at College and just getting into guitar. The interplay of musicians was wonderful and my focus was of course on Dweezil – a wonderful player, but also on saxophonist/keyboardist Scheila Gonzales, whose playing was fantastic.

Dweezil was playing two guitars; his walnut SG (Les Paul), with an extra single coil fitted just above the bridge humbucker – he played this guitar most of the night, but swapped to a green superstrat for a few more high gain soloing. You can read more about his gear in a recently updated article from Guitar Player magazine.

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