Dweezil Zappa and his backing band -- known as the “rocking teenage combo” -- will be performing the classic Hot Rats album (as recorded by Dweezil's father Frank Zappa) in sequence live on stage as part of his upcoming 2020 tour.
The upcoming tour will kick-off in early February and include major stops in San Francisco, CA (Tickets), Englewood, CO (Tickets), Kansas City, MO (Tickets), Glenside, PA (Tickets), and Royal Oak (Tickets). Tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 18.
The Hot Rats album played a pivotal role in establishing Frank Zappa as a composer and guitarist and was also dedicated to son Dweezil upon its release in 1969. The 50-year-old classic album will be surrounded by an assortment of another psychedelic, avant-garde odd-metered toe-tappers well known to Zappa aficionados.
Prior to finding success with his Zappa Plays Zappa tribute shows to his father, Dweezil Zappa was an MTV VJ, an actor (e.g. Pretty In Pink), a major label solo artist (who scored a minor hit alongside sister Moon Unit with 1986's "Let's Talk About It") and an in-demand session player. His credits as a musician include Don Johnson, Winger, The Fat Boys, Spinal Tap, Pat Boone, and "Weird Al" Yankovic. Zappa's most recent studio album is 2015's Via Zammata, a 12-track full-length release.
In related news, the Zappa Trust has announced the release of two Dweezil-related books honoring Frank Zappa's legacy: Zappa Gear: The Unique Guitars, Amplifiers, Effects Units, Keyboards & Studio Equipment -- by Mick Ekers with a foreword by Dweezil Zappa -- and The Hot Rats Book; the latter was penned by Bill Gubbins and Ahmet Zappa. Also related to Hot Rats, Universal Music Enterprises, in cooperation with Zappa Records, will be releasing a six-disc deluxe edition of Frank Zappa's 1969 classic studio album on December 20, 2019.
Dweezil Zappa 2020 Tour Dates & Tickets
Feb. 5 - Boise, ID - Egyptian Theater
Feb. 6 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
Feb. 7 - Bend, OR - Tower Theatre
Feb. 8 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
Feb. 9 - Arcata, CA - Van Duzer Theatre
Feb. 12 - Grants Pass, OR - The Rogue Theatre
Feb. 13 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom (Tickets)
Feb. 14 - Pasadena, CA - The Rose
Feb. 15 - Agoura Hills, CA - The Canyon Club
Feb. 16 - Montclair, CA - The Canyton Montclair
Feb. 19 - Tucson, AZ - Rialton Theatre
Feb. 20 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl
Feb. 21 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Commonwealth Room
Feb. 22 - Fort Collins, CO - Washington's Sports Bar & Grill
Feb. 23 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre (Tickets)
Feb. 24 - Albuquerque, NM - KiMo Theatre
Feb. 26 - Austin, TX - Paramount Theatre
Feb. 27 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues
Feb. 28 - Oklahoma City, OK - Tower Theatre
Feb. 29 - Kansas City, MO - The Truman KC (Tickets)
Mar. 1 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room Lounge
Mar. 2 - Fayetteville, AR - George's Majestic
Mar. 4 - Columbus, OH - Lincoln Theatre
Mar. 5 - Louisville, KY - Bomhard Theater
Mar. 6 - Warrendale, PA - Jergel's Rhythm Grille
Mar. 7 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount
Mar. 8 - Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre (Tickets)
Mar. 10 - Londonderry, NH - Tupelo Music Hall
Mar. 11 - Albany, NY - Hart Theatre at The Egg
Mar. 12 - Tarrytown, NY - Tarrytown Music Hall
Mar. 13 - Washington, D.C. - The Hamilton
Mar. 14 - Stroudsberg, PA - Sherman Theater
Mar. 15 - State College, PA - The State Theatre
Mar. 17 - Providence, RI - Columbus Theatre
Mar. 18 - Montreal, Canada - Corona Theatre
Mar. 20 - Quebec City, Canada - Palais Montcalm
Mar. 21 - Toronto, Canada - Phoenix Concert Theatre
Mar. 22 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Theatre Theatre (Tickets)
Mar. 25 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue Theatre
Mar. 26 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
Mar. 27 - Iowa City, IA - The Englert Theatre
Mar. 28 - St. Louis, MO - The Ready Room
Dates, venues, and prices are subject to change. Please check individual event pages for more details.