Happy Birthday to Dweezil Zappa and ‘Hot Rats’

Two important events occurred in Frank Zappa’s world 50 years ago. He released his first solo album, Hot Rats, after four albums with The Mothers of Invention. and Lumpy Gravy with the Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra & CHORUS (and maybe even some of the mothers of invention). And Frank and Gail Zappa welcomed Ian Donald Calvin Euclid Zappa to the world September 5. We know him as Dweezil, and we thank him daily for keeping the vibrancy of his father’s music alive. There are many great tribute bands and even a hologram tour, but nobody gets to the heart of the matter more closely than Dweezil. Anyone who has cried hearing him play “Inca Roads” will concur.

Dweezil and his band are two shows into their North American tour, including tonight’s birthday show at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in New Hampshire. The tour runs up and down the East Coast, then to the Midwest, and concludes with several dates in western Canada.

Dweezil Zappa at Wanee 2015 – Photo credit:


Dweezil then joins the Experience Hendrix tour for October run before taking his band to Europe for seven shows. These include the songs from Hot Rats in sequence, in the same way that he celebrated the 40th anniversary of One Size Fits All in 2016, plus lots of other great material from all over Frank’s catalog.

The greatest compliment you could pay to the band Dweezil has assembled is this: Frank would have LOVED performing with them!

Thank you, Dweezil Zappa, for all that you do. Those of us who were fortunate enough to see Frank live know, and those who weren’t get to have the next-best “approximate” experience! 

HOT RATS LIVE North American Tour

09/05  Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom | Hampton Beach NH
09/06  Jay Peak Resort | Jay VT
09/07  The Newton Theatre | Newton NJ
09/08  Appell Center for the Performing Arts | York PA
09/10  Infinity Music Hall & Bistro | Hartford CT
09/11  The Warehouse FTC | Fairfield CT
09/12  The Westcott Theater | Syracuse NY
09/13  bergenPAC | Englewood NJ
09/14  The Avalon Theatre | Easton MD
09/15  The National | Richmond VA
09/17  Bijou Theatre | Knoxville TN
09/18  Tennessee Performing Arts Center | Nashville TN
09/19  The Ludlow Garage | Cincinnati OH
09/20  The Michigan Theater | Ann Arbor MI
09/21  London Music Hall | London ON
09/22  Music Box Supper Club | Cleveland OH
09/24  Arcada Theatre | Saint Charles IL
09/25  The Fargo Theatre | Fargo ND
09/26  Burton Cummings Theatre | Winnepeg MB
09/28  Mt. Royal University Bella Concert Hall | Calgary AB
09/29  Myer Horowitz Theater | Edmonton AB


10/01  Paramount Theatre | Seattle WA
10/02  Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall | Portland OR
10/03  Hult Center for the Performing Arts | Eugene OR
10/04  Paramount Theatre of the Arts | Oakland CA
10/05  Silver Legacy Casino | Reno NV
10/07  Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts | Davis CA
10/08  Luther Burbank Center for the Arts | Santa Rosa CA
10/09  Grove of Anaheim | Anaheim CA
10/11  Fantasy Springs Resort Casino Event Center | Indio CA
10/12  Harrah’s Resort SoCal Events Center | Funner CA
10/13  Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center | Mesa AZ
10/15  Paramount Theatre | Denver CO
10/16  Pikes Peak Center | Colorado Springs CO
10/18  First Council Casino | Newkirk OK
10/19  The Joint – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino | Catoosa OK
10/20  Revention Music Center | Houston TX
10/21  Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Center | Austin TX
10/22  Tobin Center for the Performing Arts | San Antonio TX

HOT RATS LIVE European Tour

11/24  Göteborgs konserthus | Gothenburg SWE
11/27  VoxHall | Aarhus | DNK
11/28  Amager Bio | København DNK
12/01  TivoliVredenb | Utrecht | NLD
12/02  La Cigale | Paris FRA
12/06  O2 Guildhall Southampton | Southampton GBR
12/09  The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall | Glasgow GBR


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