Dweezil Zappa Biography
Dweezil Zappa (Real name- Ian Donald Calvin Euclid Zappa) is an American rock guitarist and occasional actor who was born on September 5, 1969, Los Angeles, California, U.S. As the son of musical composer and performer Frank Zappa, he was exposed to the music industry from an early age where he developed a deep understanding and a strong liking for playing the guitar and producing music.
Dweezil released his first single at the age of 12, after learning directly from guitarists such as Steve Vai and Eddie Van Halen. The duo also produced the single.
Dweezil Zappa Family
Dweezil Zappa was born in Los Angeles California as the second of four siblings to and Gail Zappa. His other siblings are his older sister, Moon, younger sister Diva and younger brother Ahmet. Dweezil is also the cousin of actress Lala Sloatman. Zappa’s father was a musician, composer, activist and filmmaker who was of Sicilian, Greek, Arab, and French descent. Zappa’s mother was of mostly Danish, French, and Irish ancestry.
Dweezil Zappa Wife | Children
Zappa dated musician Lisa Loeb from 1998 to 2004. Zappa toured with Loeb’s band, the couple also wrote and performed music together. In 2004, they co-hosted the cooking show Dweezil & Lisa on Food Network.
On September 3, 2005 in Los Angeles, Zappa married fashion stylist Lauren Knudsen. Their first daughter Zola Frank Zappa was born in 2006 and the second Ceylon Indira Zappa on born 2008.
Knudsen filed for divorce in L.A. County Superior Court in March 2010 citing irreconcilable differences. She also applied to share legal custody of their two daughters. Dweezil went on to marry Megan Marsicano in April 2012 in a private ceremony in Los Angeles.
Dweezil Zappa Band Members | Tour
Dweezil has carried on the legacy of his father’s music by touring with the group Zappa Plays Zappa besides writing and recording his own music. The band’s lineup has often included Zappa alumni such as Napoleon Murphy Brock, Steve Vai, Terry Bozzio and others and features renditions of Zappa’s original material.
Dweezil Zappa Age
Dweezil was born on September 5, 1969, Los Angeles, California, U.S. he is 49 years.
Dweezil Zappa Net Worth
Zappa has earned his income from music and some bit of acting. He has an estimated net worth of $3 million.
Dweezil Zappa Guitar
- Gibson SG
- Gibson Les Paul
- Gibson Roxy SG
- Fender Stratocaster
Dweezil Zappa Songs
- My Mother Is a Space Cadet/Crunchy Water (1982)
- Havin’ a Bad Day (1986)
- My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama (1988)
- Confessions (1991)
- Automatic (2000)
- Go with What You Know (2006)
- Via Zammata’ (2015)
Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa
Zappa Plays Zappa is an American tribute act that is dedicated to performing the music of Frank Zappa which is led by Dweezil Zappa. Dweezil is the eldest son of late American composer and musician Frank Zappa. In 2006, Zappa Plays Zappa tour was joined by special guests, Steve Vai and additional Zappa band alumni Terry Bozzio and Napoleon Murphy Brock. The act was momentarily renamed as Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa.
Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever
It was revealed that his siblings Ahmet and Diva were given control of the Zappa Family Trust upon the death of Zappa’s mother, Gail, in October 2015. The pair were given shares of 30% each, while Dweezil and his sister Moon were given smaller shares of 20% each. Moon and Dweezil will not see any money from the trust until it is profitable as they are beneficiaries only. This would be unless they seek permission from Ahmet, the trustee, to make money off of their father’s music or merchandise bearing his name.
By 2016, the Trust had run into millions of dollars in debt. After Zappa announced that he was being forced to perform his upcoming tour as Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa instead of using Zappa Plays Zappa, he received a cease-and-desist letter from the trust. He renamed his performance series 50 Years of Frank: Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever the F@%k He Wants—the Cease and Desist Tour in response to the trust’s action.
Dweezil Zappa Shampoohorn
Shampoohorn is an album released in 1994 by Dweezil and Ahmet Zappa, under the group name AZ/DZ. The American version was released months after the European version of the album was released.