Dweezil Zappa • progressive, hard rock

Saturday Mar 31, 2018

423 Central Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

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Dweezil Zappa was born on September 5, 1969 in Los Angeles the son of Frank and Gail Zappa.

It was inevitable that from the moment of his birth his life would be filled wall-to wall with music (his father having listed his religion as “musician” on Dweezil’s birth certificate). Dweezil’s early years were spent largely away from the spotlight—something of a rarity for the child of a celebrity, but perfect for cultivating a close relationship with his family.

Having watched his father perform concerts from the side of the stage since he was in diapers it was no surprise that he began to show an interest in music early on. At 6 years old he received his first guitar, a Fender Music Master from his dad.


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Dweezil Zappa
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I saw Frank Zappa in concert three times. Once at Johnson Gym at UNM where he recorded part of a crazy, Albuquerque-referencing album called The Man From Utopia, and twice at the Paolo Soleri Amphitheater in Santa Fe. Although I will personally admit that it’s sometimes difficult to really dig Zappa’s tuneage, seeing him and his band perform the material live led me to the conclusion that he is one of the greatest American composers and bandleaders of the modern and post-modern eras. En serio, parts of all those shows are burned into my memory forever. But when Zappa died young, from cancer in the mid ’90s, many of his fans, followers and even detractors wondered how his work would survive. It turns out that his family, fractious and fighting some of the time over the master’s legacy, has had a great deal to do with preserving and performing his seminal work. Son Dweezil Zappa brings his old man back to life and demonstrates his own profound prowess on the electric guitar on Saturday, March 31, at the KiMo Theater (421 Central Ave. NW) for a concert whose theme is “Fifty Years of Frank.” Setlists so far this year have included essential works such as “Help, I’m a Rock,” “Inca Roads,” “Watermelon in Easter Hay” and “The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing.” Wow I could go on and on, but instead will urge you to take in this event, not so much as homage, but to learn how much rock music can be taken apart and reassembled before it deliciously scrambles the brain forever. 8pm • $31 to $77 • All-ages

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