Guitarist Dweezil Zappa has launched a podcast devoted to Edward Van Halen called ‘Runnin’ With The Dweezil’.
“On my own musical journey I’ve had two mentors. One of them was my Dad (Frank Zappa) and the other was Edward Van Halen,” Dweezil can be heard in the promotional video below.
Here is what is posted to the official website of the podcast, which is in partnership with Premier Guitar:
From Van Halen’s infamous backyard concerts to their electrifying 1978 debut and on through the present day, Runnin’ with the Dweezil will cover it all. “Our goal is to provide an entertaining in-depth look at each Van Halen album seen through the eyes of top guitarists. A song-by-song discovery of the nuances in the music that literally changed people’s lives” says, Zappa.
“Production of the episodes began in the summer of 2020 and I was really hoping to share the stories from our guests with Edward,” Zappa says. “Then as now, there continues to be an outpouring of gratitude for all of Edward’s contributions to music. It would have been a dream to record an episode with him that would explore his own personal musical journey. His sudden loss has inspired an even deeper connection to his music for me and so many others. We want to honor and celebrate him and that’s why we’re committing such an enormous amount of time and effort to make this podcast unlike any other.”
Here is a breakdown of the episodes Dweezil is offering:
The Early Years – $29.99
- 12 exclusive in-depth episodes on the “Big Six” albums that launched Van Halen’s career
- Steve Vai on Van Halen
- Paul Gilbert on Van Halen II
- Women and Children First
- Nuno Bettencourt on Fair Warning
- Billy Corgan on Fair Warning
- Mark Tremonti on Diver Down
- Jennifer Batten on 1984
- Exclusive listening parties with Dweezil himself!
- And much more!
Right Here, Right Now – $22.50
- An explosive 10-episode package that focuses on the Sammy Hagar era, Van Halen III, Wolfgang Van Halen’s entrance into the band, and David Lee Roth’s return!
- Joe Satriani on For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
- James Valentine on OU812
- Mark Lettieri on 5150
- Andy Wood on Balance
- The Wildlife soundtrack
- Producer John Shanks on A Different Kind of Truth
- Exclusive listening parties with Dweezil!
The 5150 Bundle – $51.50
- Every episode from the Early Years and Right Here, Right Now plus 8 exclusive bonus episodes only available in the 5150 package (Less than $2 per episode.)
- 1-year subscription to Premier Guitar
- Access to every single listening party and Q&A with Dweezil
- Super exclusive “Reverse Engineering the Brown Sound” episode with guitar tone tutorials
- Custom VH guitar tone presets for Axe-Fx, Kemper, and Helix designed by Dweezil and other all-star guitarists
Runnin’ With Dweezil will donate 5% of the proceeds directly to The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation and another 5% to Feeding America, the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States.