1. 16
    Joe Satriani - Episode 16
    March 23, 2022

    RWTD Joe Satriani (Part 2)

    In this episode you will hear the conclusion of my conversation with Joe Satriani aboutt Van Halen's "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" album. You might hear some other stuff too!

  2. 15
    Joe Satriani - Episode 15
    December 24, 2021

    It's Here!!! The Long-Awaited Joe Satriani Episode of RWTD.

    My conversation with Joe about Van Halen's "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" was in-depth and it is spread into 2 episodes, each over an hour long!

    The first episode is here for Christmas and the second episode will ring in the new year!

  3. 14
    James Valentine - Episode 14
    August 30, 2021

    It's time for another episode of RWTD. My guest is James Valentine from Maroon 5 and we discuss Van Halen's 0U812 album. Get ready to go song by song and hear our thoughts about the way the album was made and the nuances in the music.

  4. 13
    Mark Lettieri - Episode 13
    July 21, 2021

    It's 5150 Time! The long awaited season premiere of RWTD - Right Here, Right Now is locked and loaded for your listening pleasure.

    Mark Lettieri is my guest and we take a deep dive into the first Sammy Hagar era Van Halen album, 5150.

    Don't miss the special "Mammoth" moment with wah-wah out- freakage!

    Produced and Edited by Dweezil Zappa

    Opening Title Theme performed by Adam Minkoff

    Outro Theme performed by Jacob Deraps

  5. 12
    Satchel - Episode 12 (BONUS!
    May 29, 2021

    Early Years BONUS episode #2. Satchel from Steel Panther is my guest and we discuss his favorite EVH guitar licks, Van Halen's power animals and who would play Van Halen in a movie chronicling their lives. Don't miss out on the FUN! This episode is included in the Early Years bundle as well as the 5150 bundle.

  6. 11
    Greg Howe - Episode 11 BONUS!
    May 11, 2021

    Hello RWTD Friends! Here's a BONUS episode for all of the "Early Years" and "5150" Bundles owners! Enjoy! It can also be purchased a la carte for anyone else who would like to hear it!

  7. 10
    Jennifer Batten - Episode 10
    April 16, 2021

    1984 was a pivotal record for Van Halen. My guest Jennifer Batten, shares stories about her connection to the album. This episode is one of the deepest dives yet into the inner workings of Van Halen's music.

  8. 9
    Mark Tremonti - Episode 9
    February 21, 2021

    Mark Tremonti takes a deep dive on Diver Down! *Mark's audio was recorded via Zoom so there are some digital artifacts.

    Produced and Edited by Dweezil Zappa

  9. 8
    Billy Corgan - Episode 8
    February 9, 2021
  10. 7
    Nuno Bettencourt - Episode 7
    January 19, 2021

    Part 2 of Fair Warning with Nuno Bettencourt.

    Nuno Bettencourt tries to break his own record for using the F-word while describing the finer details of Fair Warning. Dweezil Zappa reveals why Godzilla plays a role in "One Foot Out The Door."

  11. 6
    Nuno Bettencourt - Episode 6
    January 2, 2021

    It's here! The long-awaited FAIR WARNING episode! Headphones are recommended!

    My conversation with Nuno Bettencourt takes many twists and turns but one thing is for sure, WE BOTH LOVE FAIR WARNING!

  12. 5
    Blues Saraceno - Episode 5
    December 18, 2020

    Runnin With The Dweezil Episode # 5 - Blues Saraceno.

    In this episode, we discover secrets sounds on Women And Children First and take a deep dive on all the remaining songs!

  13. 4
    Blues Saraceno- Episode 4
    December 10, 2020

    Runnin' With The Dweezil EP. 4 Blues Saraceno

  14. 3
    Paul Gilbert - Episode 3
    December 3, 2020
  15. 2
    Steve Vai - Episode 2
    November 26, 2020

    Runnin' With The Dweezil EP. 2 Steve Vai

    In this episode, my guest Steve Vai talks with me about Van Halen's debut album. We discuss the songs in detail, track by track with educational commentary and brief musical examples. We also continue our discussion of Edward Van Halen's connection to us and how it changed our lives.

  16. 1
    Steve Vai - Episode 1
    November 19, 2020

    Runnin' With The Dweezil EP. 1 Steve Vai

    In this episode, my guest Steve Vai talks with me about a wide range of topics that include playing in my dad's band and Edward Van Halen's connection to us and how it changed our lives. We unravel parts of the mystery behind the phone call that started it all. We learn more about the very first thing I saw Edward Van Halen play up close, stories of recording in the studio with EVH when I was 12 years old and how Steve Vai ended up in David Lee Roth's band.

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I just discovered VHIII last year. I never really listened to it, because some friends of mine said it wasn't worth my time, and that it sucked. In the last year I listened to it a ton. While it's very raw sounding, there are a lot of gems on it, like the slide solo in "Ballot Or The Bullet" is insane!! Also Eddie's command of feedback around this time is amazing! I always think that Hendrix tried to control feedback and Edward learned to control it and make it musical.

I haven't been on here for a while... 

What's the latest word on the 'Brown Sound' episode, and the Fractal, Kemper etc...presets/profiles???

Hey Dweezil,

Back to VH3... 

Whenever I think about this era I think of Ed on the cover of Guitar World wearing a black t-shirt with white letters that read “WHO THE F**K IS EDDIE VAN HALEN?” What a badass. 

Aside from finding his “musical soulmate” in Gary, what do you think it was about the writing and recording of this album that made Ed so on fire creatively? 

Is VH3 most akin to Fair Warning in the sense that Ed was really taking control over what was going to be on these records?

This album features the most varied guitar tones across a VH record. What is your theory on why that is? Do you think the overall dryness of the guitar was a conscious reaction to the sounds he was using on F**K and Balance?

Michael Anthony supposedly only played on three songs. Where do you think his vocals and bass playing would have fit in to make certain songs better or more like “classic” Van Halen?

Do you think the album’s less than perfect sound started on the engineering end, during mixing, or both? In your opinion and with your experience why do you think the band and label were content with the production? Do you think these tracks are technically demos?

For all of its supposed flaws I really do love this record. It is RAW. I'm curious to hear what you think about his leads on "Without You", "Once", and "A Year To The Day".

Thanks Dweezil.


Josephina is pretty cool IMO.  As you say, lots of interesting playing on VH3 - Eddie got creative with this Transtrem guitar on Fire In The Hole, and also the tune Primary, with some kind of Sitar-like instrument.  

"Josephina" is a great deep cut! They must have been really excited about it to put it on the album instead of "That's Why I Love You".


Do you happen to know what Ed is doing in the end of Pleasure Dome at around the last 40 seconds of the song it sounds to me like he is tapping. I have never seen Ed play this live. He has played some of Pleasure Dome live but not this part. You Tube has many playing this part not tapped but it sounds tapped to me? Your take?



Hello Dweezil. 
This is non EVH related but I’d really love to hear you and Warren Demartini go through his criminally under appreciated solo album Crazy Enough To Sing To You with this same treatment 
It is a record that I listen to a couple times a month. It’s one of those that, for me, every note, effect and arrangement is perfect. 

Thank you for all you share here. 


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