Son of his father

Dweezil Zappa, son of Frank Zappa.
Dweezil Zappa, son of Frank Zappa.

HE almost certainly won’t be doing a cover of the 1972 Chicory Tip hit Son of My Father on his latest visit to the Sage Gateshead, but that’s exactly what Dweezil Zappa is.

Admittedly, you could say that about every man or boy alive, the only exceptions being cases of disputed parentage due to infidelity or sperm bank mix-ups, but the 43-year-old is more of a chip off the old block than most.

Since 2006, the Californian has been the leading light of Zappa Plays Zappa, a tribute act to his late dad Frank, and he isn’t likely to run out of material any time soon as his father released more than 60 albums prior to his death from prostate cancer at the age of 52 in 1993.

This time round, rather than doing one album in its entirety and throwing in some other stuff for good measure, as he did at his last show at the Sage, Zappa intends offering a more comprehensive overview of his dad’s back catalogue all the way through from the 1960s to the 1990s.

Albums he’ll be drawing on for his set include Weasels Ripped My Flesh, Joe’s Garage, Freak Out and Hot Rats.

Tickets for his Tyneside show on Wednesday, November 14, cost from £29.50 to £69.50. For details, go to