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      April 7, 2018

      Saturday   8:00 PM

      1099 Euclid Avenue
      Atlanta, Georgia 30307

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      Dweezil Zappa


      Dweezil Zappa was born on September 5, 1969 in Los Angelesthe son of Frank and Gail Zappa. It was inevitable that from the moment of his birth his life would be filled wall-to wall with music (his father having listed his religion as musician on Dweezils birth certificate). Dweezils early years were spent largely away from the spotlightsomething of a rarity for the child of a celebrity, but perfect for cultivating a close relationship with his family.Having watched his father perform concerts from the side of the stage since he was in diapers it was no surprise that he began to show an interest in music early on. At 6 years old he received his first guitar, a Fender Music Master from his dad. It wasnt until he was 12 that he began to show a serious interest in manipulating the instrument to make music.Having primarily heard the music his father was working on or listening to at home while growing up, Dweezil soon found himself exposed to some new sounds on the radio. Besides his fathers music he began listening to the Beatles, Queen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The Who and Jimi Hendrix. Like many aspiring guitarists of his generation, Dweezil s ear was caught in a stranglehold by the trailblazing guitar styles of Edward Van Halen and Randy Rhoads. He listened to their records for hours on end trying to figure out a way to translate what he was hearing in his head to his fingers at the other end of the guitar. Along the way, he had opportunities to ask his dad for some help. I remember asking Frank to help me figure out the song Revelation/Mother Earth from Blizzard Of Oz. I really didnt know anything about chords and in that song Randy Rhoads was using classical music elements that were really new to rock guitar at the time. Frank helped me learn the finger picking intro. To gain more fundamental knowledge of technique and scales Dweezil was fortunate to have some assistance from one of the musicians in his fathers band at that time, Steve Vai. Dweezil became remarkably proficient in a very short amount of time due to his intense practicing sessions.

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