1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 8
    Billy Corgan - Episode 8
    February 9, 2021
  7. 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."

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

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

    Runnin' With The Dweezil EP. 4 Blues Saraceno

  11. 3
    Paul Gilbert - Episode 3
    December 3, 2020
  12. 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.

  13. 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.

(Runnin' With The Dweezil does not claim to be endorsed by Van Halen.)

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  • A year-long subscription to - info@premierguitar.com
  • 8 bonus episodes that are exclusively available in the 5150 Bundle, including an in-depth "Reverse Engineering The Brown Sound!" Episode. 
  • Also included, a handful of Van Halen inspired custom guitar presets for Fractal Audio Axe Effects III made by Dweezil himself.
  • Custom presets for Line 6 Helix, and Kemper platforms made by other top guitarists, round out this all-inclusive package. If you've always wanted to get as close as possible to signature VH sounds, this package is for you!
  • All-Access Pass to private online listening parties and Q&A sessions with Dweezil.

(Runnin' With The Dweezil is currently in production - All Season Bundles will populate as the episodes are released in order.)

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David McCain


Just wanted to say " thanks " for another great episode. 5150 is a VERY special album for me-It's the album that helped me turn my life around. I was a late VH fan. Got into them at 1984 and went backwards. " Eruption " definitely inspired me to pick up the guitar but my life back then was getting pretty tough for me, especially in 1986.

Before 5150 was released, I was dealing with some pretty heavy things in life: Divorced parents, cancer in my family ( I alone had suffered with a brutal form of the chicken pox ), getting beaten up in high school ( I was a 15 year old freshman then ) and personal thoughts of suicide. Listening to this episode reminded me of my feelings when I first heard the album: It was fresh and inspiring without depreciating what came before with Dave. In that way, 5150 inspired me to pursue music as a form of therapy. Edward's own words about 5150 being their first number #1 album helped me even more. In the September 1986 issue of Guitar World, Edward was asked how it felt about 5150 being the first VH album going to the number one Billboard album position: " You know what it showed me? That music overpowers bullshit. " 

That statement ( and 5150 itself ) literally started me on a better path in life. Thanks to that music, my life totally changed for the better. Looking back, it's hard to describe the feelings I experienced at that time now that I'm 50. But, 5150 totally changed me forever. It remains my number one favorite Van Halen album ( I actually had the opportunity in 2018 to message Edward on Twitter about the aforementioned and his wife/widow, Janie, messaged me back that Edward was " very moved " by my message ). 

Thanks for bringing me back and reminding me that music will always overpower the bullshit in life 


Hi David,

Thanks for sharing your story! I'm glad the episode re-enforced the positive for you. Be well! DZ

Brad C.

Another great episode!! How nervous we’re all VH fans when 5150 came out? It’s different, yes…but still VERY good. The song ‘5150’ is a monster. To me, that song is EVH telling the world…yes, this is different, but I’m still Eddie Mutha Fuckin’ Van Halen. I love these discussions and can’t wait for the next one.


Thanks Brad,

Glad you're enjoying the episodes. The James Valentine EP will be another fun one. It's one of the few that was recorded in person. Best, DZ

Charles B.

Hi DZ,

Amazing work, I love what you are doing, so much great info from great players. It is telling how incredible EVH was that players like yourself, Vai, Nuno and everyone else you are with on your episodes are so humbled by his playing. Thank you for all the work, they seem like a lot to put together (maybe a Eat 'em and Smile and the first two Randy Ozzy records when VH is rapped up?). 

Regarding the Shark guitar, I always felt that after reading an interview he did talking about the Shark he added the turnbuckles after he cut the chunk out to attempt to restore the sound of the Destroyer as he felt the guitar did not sound the same after the Mod. My two cents anyway, thanks again, what you are doing it great!





Vinicius  M.

Any chance of getting Phil X on the podcast? I bet you guys would have a blast nerding out about Eddie :) 


Another superb instalment Dweezil - "Thank you" - brilliant ! again a wonderful level of attention to detail and well worth waiting for. You mention about the "Fizzy Sound" Eddie achieved on Get Up & Summer Nights . I recall reading in Guitar World and speaking to someone at a Guitar Show here in the U.K in around '86 that Eddie used a prototype  Groove Tube Pre amp on "5150" for certain tracks.

Allen G.

If you can find that reference and share it here, that would be great!


Hi Allen - thank you for the reply ,I would - though we are in the process of moving and the box marked "EVH Magazines" is all packed - and said issue is in there . I will try to locate it once moved and post it.

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