1. 11
    Greg Howe EP - 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!

  2. 10
    Jennifer Batten EP - 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.

  3. 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

  4. 8
    Billy Corgan - Episode 8
    February 8, 2021
  5. 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."

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 4
    Blues Saraceno- Episode 4
    December 10, 2020

    Runnin' With The Dweezil EP. 4 Blues Saraceno

  9. 3
    Paul Gilbert - Episode 3
    December 3, 2020
  10. 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.

  11. 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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Thank you for the bonus episode.

Was super excited to see the hi/lo res option for download added.

But, when I tried to download the episodes that previously MP3 only, but clicking the Hi Res option, the MP3s still download for Steve Vai Pt 1 and @2, and Blues Saraceno Pt 1 and 2.


Scott S.

Another amazing episode! This (slightly more) random path was really cool and a great bonus.

Allen G.

Now I’m getting into the Nuno/‘Fair Warning’ segments and of course it’s my favorite Van Halen album. You guys made some accurate observations. Eddie did relatively few interview references to what he did on the album and some things weren’t revealed until unedited versions of interviews were published in 2010. 

(1982 Steven Rosen interview with Eddie)

Rosen: The “Hear About It Later” intro is a perfect example of those mountains of guitars. It segues from those dark legato chords at the very beginning into that hellish explosion of strings.

EVH: In the beginning it’s a clean Strat; the whole basic track was played with a clean Strat with a flanger on it and then my regular red and white main guitar that I use for all the other stuff.


The intro to “Hear About It Later” is indeed a strat because Eddie says so specifically in this 1982 interview. The intro is related to the “Women In Love” intro in that it was an out-of-phase pickup selection on a three single coil guitar and the compressed arpeggios have modulation...a rack chorus effect of some sort on the “WIL” intro and the MXR Flanger on the “HAIL” intro.

It is almost certainly a DIFFERENT strat on the two intros...Ed had used the unfinished Boogie Bodies strat with the Danelectro neck for “WIL” and by the 1981 sessions for ‘Fair Warning’ that guitar had been disassembled and parts used to make up different guitars. I theorize that it might have been a vintage 50s strat on “HAIL” since Ed was getting more vintage guitars around this time period, but it could just as easily be a slapped together instrument of some sort. 

In the “WIL” intro, Ed is using the out-of-phase position between the Bridge and Middle pickups, but on the “HAIL” intro he is using the out-of-phase selection between the Middle and Neck pickups. Each of the intros have their own tuning offsets which are:

"Women In Love" intro
1st string: Eb +27.7 cents
2nd string: Bb +27.9 cents
3rd string: F# +29.6 cents
4th string: C# +30.0 cents
5th string: Ab +30.0 cents
6th string: Eb +27.7 cents

"Hear About It Later" intro 

1st String: -31.7 Cents
2nd String: -31.9 Cents
3rd String: -21.6 Cents
4th String: -22.0 Cents
5th String: -22.0 Cents
6th String: -31.7 Cents (Drop Db Tuning)


I theorize that both intros may have been recorded direct, but I have no clear evidence for that. Here are two clips I made to demo both intros on my 1968 Fender Strat into an Eventide H9 for the SM58 compression algo and a vintage Electro Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man for the delay...the “HAIL” intro obviously features my late 70s MXR Flanger and both clips used my 1965 Fender Super Reverb amp. My version of the “WIL” intro has no chorus because I don’t own a chorus pedal, but I think the chorus effect on the second album was a studio effect since to the best of my knowledge Eddie did not have a chorus effect either.

These have no post production, just whatever my iPhone camera/mic managed to pick up...


Allen G.

Allen G.

As for the sub-octave effects from the Eventide Harmonizer, I think that the unique sound of the overdubbed leads towards the end of “So This Is Love?” is the result of the Eventide sub-octave effect which I think has some inherent modulation or the sound is the result of a mixture of the sub-octave sound and the detune chorus sound of a second Eventide which is then effected by Eddie’s MXR Flanger. I run into this same situation with the outro vamp on “Drop Dead Legs”...is it just the sub-octave effect with some inherent modulation in that one effect OR is one Eventide with the sub-octave effect mixed in just so with a second Eventide with detune chorus?! Either way, there is some magic that happens when the sub-octave sound gets hit with the flanger waves! The tuning on this one is almost exactly 1/2 step down...which is strangely unusual in the catalog! It is one of the very few that I’ve found that were tuned almost exactly to chromatic pitch!

"So This Is Love?" 

Eb: -2.3 cents
Bb: -2.1 cents
F#: -0.4 cents
Db: (No change from standard equal temperament)
Ab: (No change from standard equal temperament)
Eb: -2.3 cents


I used a sub-octave effect from my H9 coupled with my vintage MXR Flanger to try to get close to the sound of that overdub. It’s simple, but I think it gets pretty close to the sound...

Vinicius  M.

I can only imagine how Eddie felt when Frank said "Thanks for reinventing the electric guitar" to him. Man, what a amazing story! 


Kevin S.

Just listening to the bonus episode with Greg.  I have mentioned before that "Push Comes to Shove" is my favorite solo, too.  And that story from Don Landee about the 3 takes is amazingly cool.  It makes me wonder if the fact that it's a composite of 3 separate solos is the reason they never played it live?  Like maybe Edward psyched himself out from trying to recreate it live, or it soured him on it because it was such a rarity for him to do it that way.  What a great story, though.  Great bonus episode, too, as usual.

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