Sunday, January 21, 2007

Time, time, time for another peaceful war

For some reason, Steve Gilliard, one of my favorite national bloggers, put this up at the NEWS BLOG. Warren Zevon has been a favorite of mine since the 70s, having written brilliant songs like The Envoy, Excitable Boy, Desperados Under The Eaves, and the top-4o smash, Werewolves of London.

I first heard him perform Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner live in 1979 at the Orpheum, and it was a stunner. Then, in 1994, some crazy guy running for Governor invited him to Memphis to perform for his party at 616, and the candidate invited the state YDs, who were convening here, to come hear Warren. It was a magical night, and the candidate and the performer became friends.

This performance was on the David Letterman Show shortly before Zevon passed away from mesothelioma; Letterman devoted the show to him.

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