1. 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.

  2. 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!

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

This 12 episode package will focus on the new era of Van Halen. Sammy Hagar ushered in a new sound that combined Edward's innovative guitar riffs with arena-sized choruses. We will also cover Gary Cherone’s entrance into the VH fold, the live albums, the under-appreciated Wildlife soundtrack, DLR's return in 2012 along with the arrival of Wolfgang Van Halen. 

  • Joe Satriani on For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
  • James Valentine on OU812
  • Mark Lettieri on 5150
  • Producer John Shanks on A Different Kind of Truth

Right Here, Right Now includes access to private online listening parties and Q&As with Dweezil himself!

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Mark Guerra

wondering when the next episode drops , thought for sure by now but ...I know great stuff takes time.


Daniel C.

Interesting note about the low string on "Good Enough" he had the same thing for the Track " I Want Some Action" which didn't make the 5150 album


This song would later become "Twist the Knife" on the Steve Lukather solo album "Lukather", with EVH on Bass. 


I recall an interview with Lukather where he mentioned that for that recording Ed took Lukes guitar and replaced the low E with a Bass "g" string tuned to "G" (maybe it was tuned to A..? not sure I remember the interview that specifically)) and then tuned the entire guitar Up a whole step. I don't know how much of that is accurate but I am sure Lukather must remember some of it... :)


Rob G

IMO OU812 has several classic Van Hagar songs on it. It's a bit ironic (don't you think?) of James Valentine to criticize VH for writing more commercial keyboard based songs, when Maroon 5 (who began as a rock band), pandered to their singer's desire to chase the hip-hop/pop autotune crowd to such an extent, that it resulted in James hardly playing any guitar on the songs and the live instruments being replaced. In his defense he admitted as much during the episode. I do agree that several of the tunes on OU812 could have had much better lyrics, but for me there is still some killer playing by Ed and Al on there. If you haven't watched it recently, revisit the Tokyo Dome show from 1989, the band sounds so good! Sammy's live vocals were amazing then too, they wavered a bit on the subsequent tours.

Charlie  A.

When is OU812 going to be available? Thanks 


Hi Charlie,

I'm working on it. Hoping to get it finished very soon!

Charlie  A.

Thank you!

Rob G

Hi Dweezil, 5150 was the first VH album I heard as a teenager, so it will always be special for me for that reason. Obviously I went back and became a huge fan of the Roth-era too, Fair Warning being my fave of the early albums. This was a really enjoyable episode, you and Mark did a fine job of digging into those cool rhythm parts and arrangements that are all over the album! I take your point about Ed playing what he felt, similar to when he jammed live, but I also think his tone and vocabulary were a natural continuation of where he was at for the 1984 record. For that tour Sammy played the solo on "Love Walks In," as on the "Live Without A Net" concert which I wore out on VHS and now have on DVD. Ed's playing on that concert is incredible, although I read he thought some of the other nights of the tour were better. Thanks for putting the podcast together, I've enjoyed every episode.

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