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 21, 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 9, 2021
  9. 7
    Nuno Bettencourt - Episode 7
    January 19, 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.

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

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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! 


Can anyone tell me if the episode over the Cherone and Different Kind of Truth are available yet? Much thanks

John H.

Not yet, Dweezil just released the 1st episode regarding the FUCK album the other day. 

Allen G.

As always, it is great fun to listen to another great episode of ‘Runnin’ With the Dweezil’! Though my general interest in the band ends with the final performance at the Cow Palace in 1989, it is interesting to hear the minute discussions about the Andy Johns production and the details of Eddie’s then “new” sound. I think you and Joe make excellent points about the neck pickup frequencies and amps and the increased presence of the stereo detune Eventide sound. One thing I must say about that small observation about the use of a chorus “pedal” on ‘Van Halen II’…there is no evidence that he actually used a chorus “pedal” anywhere on the album. I think that it is much more likely that the Eventide units were applied for the chorus sounds that we hear on the second album like what you hear on the intro and quiet parts from “Women In Love”, parts of “Dance the Night Away” and the solos on “Bottoms Up”. To the best of my knowledge, Eddie didn’t use a chorus pedal until 1982 on the ‘Diver Down’ album when he used a Roland DC-30 Chorus/Echo unit-and that technically even that wasn’t a “pedal” per se. A small point, but I think it is possibly a pretty salient one. Generally speaking, the Eventide often did the modulation in the studio with the exception of Ed’s use of the MXR Phase 90, MXR Flanger and the aforementioned Roland DC-30 on ‘Diver Down’.


Hi Allen,

As always, I enjoy your additions and insights. There is definitely a chorus used on the Women In Love intro. There's a direct guitar along with a clean amp which very well could have been a Roland Jazz Chorus. The clean overdubs in the verses also have the chorus on them. The outro solo on Bottoms Up! has a modulation sound that is delay modulated in the way that a chorus would behave and some early bootlegs show off this modulated sound. It's very different from any sound the phase 90 can make. Not sure what he used. Still also trying to figure out what octave divider he used on Fools. There's a low octave that appears to only react to the lowest notes, leaving the rest untouched. It's audible as part of the recorded guitar sound. Many more mysteries to uncover. Soon there will be answers though! Best, DZ

Allen G.

Excellent points Dweezil! I never even noticed a low octave effect on “Fools”-I’ll be sure to have a careful listen to that track again!

I agree that the sound on the “Women In Love” intro and the quiet parts of that recording do sound very much like a chorus sound and the “Bottoms Up!” outro solo undoubtedly has that unmistakeable delay modulated almost “ADT” sound. Interesting point about the possibility of a Roland Jazz Chorus or similar amp for this chorus sound. I have not seen any evidence of that, but it certainly is possible. There could also have been the DynoMyPiano Tri-Chorus or some other outboard effect that was popular among the session guitarists of the day. I theorize that the clean sounds might have been direct, but it’s always possible that he used an unknown clean amp rather than going direct. 

Here are a few reasons why I tend to veer away from Ed using a chorus floor pedal for these sounds. It’s not impossible that he did so, but I personally guesstimate that he possibly didn’t. The only pieces of evidence we have to work with (barring anything you may have heard from Donn?) which are our ears and the Sunset Sound Neil Zlozower studio photos (staged or not) from around the time of the recording of the album and photographic evidence of Ed’s stage gear of the time (which may or may not relate 100% to what he used in the studio). We see the Eventide H910 and Gotham Audio Delay System. I believe both of these units could achieve the almost “ADT” delay modulated sound on the outro solo from “Bottoms Up!”. The H910 could also be a candidate for the chorus sound on the “Women In Love” intro and quiet parts.

I hear something else happening on “Dance the Night Away”. It seems to be an Eventide sound and I had always assumed it was the H910. Obviously you can hear this effect best on the isolated track which features harmonic tapping, especially in the quiet “breakdown”. This had a slight phase or flanger sound to me, but it is one that differs from the MXR floor effects. This article https://www.perfectcircuit.com/signal/eventide-history-pt1?fbclid=IwAR0VzW5FDzpHkYp7i2SOZqfkHUPC94k7TkjG_ogxOgw0qLv28b80HJYkBHs mentions in passing that Van Halen used the early Eventide Instant Phaser at some point. I think that might be a possibility for the modulation in “Dance the Night Away”. 

Again, this is slim evidence and I hope we see more coming at some point. And I must state the obvious…I hope against hope that Donn can weigh in…I always say that he is really the Geoff Emerick and sometimes the George Martin of Van Halen (with all due respect to Ted). Assuming his memory or any records he might have kept are intact, he is the last accurate word on what really happened on the recordings from 1977-1989. 



Hi Allen,

Donn has quite a good memory but the recording did take place a long time ago so whenever I can I try to get tidbits of info so these types of nerdy details can be confirmed. It's a fun process of observation though isn't it?

Allen G.

I absolutely agree! And I hope that Donn sees some way to share his remembrances in any way that he can. I hope he understands that his contributions to Van Halen are highly valued by anyone that listens to the music, whether they know it or not!

To slip backward to “Women In Love” once again, I did a little experiment based on Eddie’s explanation of how he recorded the intro. When asked if he used an Eventide Harmonizer, he replied that he did not…but that he double-tracked it. I took this to mean that he did double-track it, and set the resulting tracks slightly apart to create that delay modulation sound that we hear on the album version of the intro. I did the same thing in this clip…I simply set the two tracks I recorded myself slightly apart by about .09 of a second. I included a simple chorus plug-in and compression from the Adobe Audition software I used at the time. I once again used my ‘68 Strat on the Middle/Bridge pickup selection. I think it resulted in a fairly faithful recreation of what he heard on the album: 

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