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Dweezil Zappa

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Dweezil Zappa (born September 5, 1969, in Los Angeles, California) is a heavy metal guitarist. He is the son of Gail Sloatman and Frank Zappa and the second of four siblings: his older sister, Moon Unit, and his two younger siblings Ahmet and Diva Zappa.

Dweezil’s registered birth name was Ian Donald Calvin Euclid Zappa, although this occurred only because the hospital at which he was born refused to register him under the name Dweezil. The name was a nickname coined by Frank for an oddly-curled pinky-toe of Gail’s. His father instead used the first names of his bandmates to form a name. He was always called “Dweezil” by his family and was unaware that this was not the name on his birth certificate. Upon this discovery at the age of five, he insisted on having his nickname become his legal name. Gail and Frank hired an attorney and soon the name Dweezil was official.

In the 1980s, Dweezil worked as a MTV VJ. He also recorded some solo rock albums, as well as playing guitar for other artists. Dweezil can be seen in the music video for Don Johnson’s top 40 song, “Heartbeat.” Dweezil has said that Eddie Van Halen was his favorite guitar player, and he began copying Van Halen’s distinctive guitar style. He also had a part in the futuristic Arnold Schwarzenegger movie The Running Man as Stevie (“Don’t touch that dial!”), and gave his most famous cameo role in Molly Ringwald’s brat-pack movie Pretty in Pink as Andi’s friend, Simon.

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  • footballjosh

    Dweezil is such a nice guy he called me up on stage and it was freaking amazing such an awesome guy

    16 May 10:17pm Reply
  • Strawb77

    the fruit don`t fall far from the tree, huh?

    28 Dec 2013 Reply
  • TylerSymes

    Is it worth a listen? Nobody would care without his dad being frank though.

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • off_topic

    [trollish]HEARTBEAT & Lisa Loeb ♡♥♡ [/trollish]

    19 Apr 2013 Reply
  • chadderack

    Saw this dude last night. Epic show!

    19 Dec 2012 Reply
  • petross85

    Seeing Dweezil tonight :)

    12 Nov 2012 Reply
  • antFz

    DNA rules!!!

    12 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Smooooooth

    Obviously Influenced by the Devil \m/(o.º)\m/

    12 Feb 2012 Reply
  • cdax2307

    alright wtf is a dweezil anyway

    10 Feb 2012 Reply
  • blackfloyd23

    I have a feeling that Dweezil is doing Zappa Plays Zappa, because he would like to further his father's vision beyond just what exists in the vault. He's immersing himself in it, not just to bring the best music ever made to a younger audience, he is also absorbing and reconstructing what he can of the progression of his father's music, and ideally, one day, he may feel ready to release new music, that is of the same rigor, complexity, intellect, and beauty as his father's. Shit, that's what I'd do if I were in his shoes at least.

    4 Feb 2012 Reply
  • restinagony

    Well to be honest I live in his dad's shadow too...

    11 Jan 2012 Reply
  • nicklovecactus

    he has the greatest sideburns i have ever seen

    8 Oct 2011 Reply
  • KingsAndQueen

    Of course he is.

    2 Oct 2011 Reply
  • RRugox

    Is He really a Zappa??

    6 Sep 2011 Reply
  • RafaelGirotti

    He's a naughty eskimo

    1 Sep 2011 Reply
  • samlaurey

    Wow I got to see some of this summer tour (2011). Sounds like it will be really great!

    4 Jun 2011 Reply
  • niQboy

    @solar_bridge: What are you talking about? He's doing a great thing by introducing his father's music to a whole new generation. I was first introduced to Frank's music by Dweezil and ever since then I've been a fan.

    30 May 2011 Reply
  • solar_bridge

    It's kinda sad and pathetic how obsessed with his dad this guy is.

    30 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Florilein

    @Mattp772: Say if a conductor would make exclusively and passionately beethovens music for a few years. is that soulless? Dweezil wants more people to know what great music his father made and i for one think he's doing a really good job :) love the zappa plays zappa stuff.

    11 Apr 2011 Reply
  • samlaurey

    I always really enjoy seeing him do Zappa Plays Zappa.

    30 Mar 2011 Reply
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