1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 9
    Mark Tremonti - Episode 9
    February 20, 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

  8. 8
    Billy Corgan - Episode 8
    February 8, 2021
  9. 7
    Nuno Bettencourt - Episode 7
    January 18, 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."

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 4
    Blues Saraceno- Episode 4
    December 10, 2020

    Runnin' With The Dweezil EP. 4 Blues Saraceno

  13. 3
    Paul Gilbert - Episode 3
    December 3, 2020
  14. 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.

  15. 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’m really looking forward to the break down of “A Different Kind of Truth.” I think that John Shanks figured out a way to put three gigantic titans of sound in the mix and still able to distinguish each. Alex’s snare, Eddie’s righteous guitar, and Wolf’s King Kong bass sound. I also love that the overall volume of the mix is LOUD. Unlike OU812, which I can never get loud enough with headphones. Even though I missed Michael Anthony, I was highly impressed with Wolfgangs bass playing. He definitely inherited the VH swing and swagger. The stuttered bass line on She’s the Woman he executed flawlessly. My only small complaint regarding Eddie is the overuse of the wah pedal, but that’s just me. I love to get Eddie’s notes as unfiltered as possible. His tone was heavy and I loved everything about his playing, but nothing will ever top the sound he got on “Fair Warning” and “Balance” 

I can’t wait to hear Dweezil and John discuss this one. I’m also very curious to hear the VH 3 record thoughts!


I’m wondering when to expect the next episode, does anyone know? Thanks.

Lee R.

Sometime between now and an eternity 

Allen G.

I’m sure someone else has posted this here before, but I know I hadn’t seen this footage until very recently. I’m sure Dweezil will not soon forget all of this!


Ive been hoping to hear if Dweezil may have an inside story on why Eddie called his use of effects (particularly when recording) “Jape.” I remember hearing Eddie using this term years ago about effects. One of Eddies cool made up words. Dweezil if you happen to know anything about the origins of Eddie and “jape” I’d love to hear it! Thanks.

David McCain

How funny! I TOTALLY remember when he used that term ( it was used in the July 88 Guitar World Magazine interview about the making of OU812 ). Never knew what effect he used that term for ( I always presumed it was for an earlier Eventide model ). 

Allen G.

“Jape” was a general term he used for any effects on the dry “guitar-to-amp” tone. He did specifically refer to the Eventide detune chorus sound and echo as being among these, but really it was a “catch-all” term. He used that term to differentiate the “effects” from the meat of his sound which was of course his fingers, the guitar and the amp. 

David McCain

Best Christmas gift for me was seeing a new RWTD episode!! Since then, I've had that episode on repeat mode.

As far as I'm concerned, it's the episode I've DREAMED of. Since I'm more of a techy nerd guitar guy, I TOTALLY enjoyed this episode. Even though Edward was my primary influence for picking up the guitar, Satch is my main inspiration for all things music/legato/amp sounds/ to his interviews on his own albums.

Dweezil, I can't thank you enough for this episode. I've had the honor of having one lesson ( and a few meet/greets ) with Joe and I've always enjoyed his perspectives. The F.U.C.K. album was the disc that inspired me to work more on my own sound and the music on that album really jump started my own musical adventures. I cannot wait for part two. You have done stellar work here. Thank you again! 


Best wishes and happy new year! 

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