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  posted on 3/30/2012 at 01:42 AM
Wasnt even alive during his peak of popularity but got into him a while back. Such a good song writer and really a one of kind. Thankfully the albums are still available and you can listen to shows on archive.

 

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  posted on 4/19/2012 at 06:00 AM
I just heard "Lawyers, Guns & Money" yesterday.

 

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  posted on 4/19/2012 at 05:04 AM
"Excitable Boy" is a great album. It is instantly catchy with the humorously macabre lyrics in "Werewolves of London" and the title tune. "Veracruz" is a memorable ballad, and "Lawyers, Guns, and Money" is just... cool.
Highlight, though, as far as the music goes, has to be "Nighttime in the Switching Yard". The band cooks on that one. I love the groove.

Zevon's voice was awesome. I recall looking at that baby face on the cover of Excitable Boy, and wondering how that voice and the face could ever be matched up,
Zevon's vocals were strong, though. That's why I went out immediately and got the record when I heard Werewolves of London for the first time. And I think he was one of those artists who does circles around most pop acts, though never quite getting the recognition he deserves, even with Letterman behind him as he was.

Discerning listeners remember him, though.


 

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  posted on 4/2/2012 at 03:42 PM
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...and worthless !@#$%^ like Charles Manson can't even get a cold!


On the PBS special about Neil Young he talks about meeting Manson and says something like, "He wasn't so much a songwriter or singer, as he was a song spewer. He also didn't take rejection very well."


 

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  posted on 4/2/2012 at 02:27 PM
An absolute legend. God Bless Him.

 

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  posted on 4/2/2012 at 02:14 PM
I was listening to the 90.7 WFUV FM show from 2000 today (actually the 60th BD tribute fm 1-24-2007), remembering WZ.

Never knew that Phil Everly, of the Everly Brothers, was the one that provoked 'Werewolves of London'. Phil asked WZ to write a song for him for his next album and he had to call it WOL.

Great talent.

 

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  posted on 4/2/2012 at 08:37 AM
The whole world misses Warren Zevon!
 

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  posted on 4/1/2012 at 08:10 PM
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Warren had something most only strive to obtain IMHO


...and worthless !@#$%^ like Charles Manson can't even get a cold! Makes no sense and the only way to live with it, , is that Warren was called home to perform at some great concert in the sky. Yes, I know that I think goofy.

[Edited on 4/2/2012 by TanDan]

 

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  posted on 4/1/2012 at 06:09 PM
Warren had something most only strive to obtain IMHO

 

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  posted on 4/1/2012 at 04:29 PM
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I just found this incredible interview w/ Warren by the music critic from the New York Times that was done shortly after the David Letterman appearance.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/26/magazine/warren-zevon-s-last-waltz.html?p agewanted=all&src=pm

Required reading if you are a fellow fan


Tough to get through without a tear or two.



I know Ron. I got a bit teary eyed as I read it .

[Edited on 4/1/2012 by les_paul_sunburst]

 

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  posted on 4/1/2012 at 03:40 PM
I have been listening to a lot of Warren Zevon lately. One of my dearest friends passed away a few weeks ago, and I have been listening to Warren's version of Knockin' on Heaven's Door a lot.

His live album Stand in the Fire is phenomenal. He sounds like a man on a mission on that one. His change of lyrics on Werewolves of London is great when he talks about Jackson Browne's heart being perfect.

 

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  posted on 4/1/2012 at 03:23 PM
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I just found this incredible interview w/ Warren by the music critic from the New York Times that was done shortly after the David Letterman appearance.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/26/magazine/warren-zevon-s-last-waltz.html?p agewanted=all&src=pm

Required reading if you are a fellow fan


Tough to get through without a tear or two.

 

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  posted on 4/1/2012 at 10:49 AM
RIP. i really did'nt get into WZ until after his death. What a talent.

 

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  posted on 4/1/2012 at 06:58 AM
I just found this incredible interview w/ Warren by the music critic from the New York Times that was done shortly after the David Letterman appearance.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/26/magazine/warren-zevon-s-last-waltz.html?p agewanted=all&src=pm

Required reading if you are a fellow fan

 

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  posted on 4/1/2012 at 06:50 AM
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In the green room after the show, Zevon presented Letterman with the guitar that he always used on the show, with a single request: "Here, I want you to have this, take good care of it."




I found the original interview where David talks about this . It is very touching so I am including it here:

http://www.huliq.com/5/67589/david-letterman-remembers-warren-zevon


David Letterman says of meeting Warren Zevon in a dressing room after the show:

“Here’s a guy who had months to live and we’re making small talk. And as we’re talking, he’s taking his guitar strap and hooking it, wrapping it around, then he puts the guitar into the case and he flips the snaps on the case and says, ‘Here, I want you to have this, take good care of it.’ And I just started sobbing. He was giving me the guitar that he always used on the show. I felt like, ‘I can’t be in this movie, I didn’t get my lines.’ That was very tough.”

 

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  posted on 4/1/2012 at 06:30 AM
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Nice post LPS, I discovered Warren with EB myself. My local radio station would play a new record in its entirety from start to finish, only pausing to flip it. I use to record those on the cassette recorder in my stereo. When I heard EB, man I wore that tape out in the car. Bought both EB and the previous self-titled release and that started me on a trip with WZ's music that I'm still on. I really miss him.


Thanks brother...

 

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  posted on 3/31/2012 at 09:42 AM
Nice post LPS, I discovered Warren with EB myself. My local radio station would play a new record in its entirety from start to finish, only pausing to flip it. I use to record those on the cassette recorder in my stereo. When I heard EB, man I wore that tape out in the car. Bought both EB and the previous self-titled release and that started me on a trip with WZ's music that I'm still on. I really miss him.
 

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  posted on 3/31/2012 at 07:42 AM
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He really was a great songwriter. I miss him, too.

Where's les_paul_sunburst? He's a big WZ fan.


Warren? Did someone mention Warren?...

Hiya Kitty! Yes. I am a huge WZ fan.

I had a friend way back in the mid 70's who was always searching out new music. He was also the first person in my peer group to move out of his parent's house and have his own place. So we all used to hang out there.

One weekend, while visiting he played me the album Excitable Boy which had just come out. I was kind of put off by the obviously air brushed album cover. He looked way too "pop" for me ...but man were looks deceiving here!

By the end of When Johnny Strikes up the Band his voice had me transfixed. By the end of Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner I was a convert.

As the album ended with Lawyers, Guns, and Money, my friend quickly ran to the turntable to put on another record. I stopped him and insisted that he replay the entire album again from the beginning!

He did and it was just as incredible the 2nd time.

By the end of the weekend , I not only owned my own copy of EB, but his self titled 2nd album as well. And that one blew me away even more than EB!

There were so many sides to Warren Zevon. He was a gifted, classically trained musician, a superlative song writer, a hard boiled cynic, a painfully sensitive and vulnerable romantic, an intellectual, an astute observer of the human condition, a brillant lyricist whose songs read more like novels, and ulitmately, a flawed human being whose deep well of inner pain created much turmoil not only for himself, but for his family and loved ones as well ...until he finally managed to wrench himself from the grip of alcoholism and drug abuse.

The ultimate tragety is that he was diagnosed with terminal cancer only after he became sober, reconciled with his family and friends, and managed a personal and career redemption.

His music will always be a part of my life

RIP Warren Zevon. This fan also misses you...














[Edited on 3/31/2012 by les_paul_sunburst]

 

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  posted on 3/30/2012 at 11:36 PM
I've got a nice compilation DVD of all of Warren's Late night appearances.

Anyone wants a copy, PM me your address.

 

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  posted on 3/30/2012 at 10:59 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMTKb-pgxGI

Miss you Warren. Enjoy Every Sandwich.

Zevon was a frequent guest and occasional substitute bandleader on Letterman's television shows since Late Night was first broadcast in 1982. He noted, "I might have made a tactical error in not going to a physician for 20 years." It was during this broadcast that, when asked by Letterman if he knew something more about life and death now, he first offered his oft-quoted insight on dying: "Enjoy every sandwich." He also took time to thank Letterman for his years of support, calling him "the best friend my music's ever had". For his final song of the evening, and his final public performance, Zevon performed "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" at Letterman's request. In the green room after the show, Zevon presented Letterman with the guitar that he always used on the show, with a single request: "Here, I want you to have this, take good care of it." The day after Zevon's death, Letterman paid tribute to Zevon by replaying his performance of Mutineer from his last appearance. The Late Show band played Zevon's songs throughout the night.

 

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  posted on 3/30/2012 at 09:37 PM
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It was great to see him when he performed on Letterman. You could tell that DL really liked him.


Letterman was a huge fan of him. WZ was one of the greatest songwriters of our generation. if you're a fan, you gotta read his bio, "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" that was written by his ex-Wife.

More than just Werewolves.

RIP Warren RIP

 

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  posted on 3/30/2012 at 07:08 PM
It was great to see him when he performed on Letterman. You could tell that DL really liked him.

 

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  posted on 3/30/2012 at 06:15 PM
The guy was just incredible. I saw him in Belfast on Life'll Kill Ya and he was funnier than most stand ups. And then his songs...just so good. From funny to heartbreakingly sad and everything in between. One of the best, and a privilege to see perform.

 

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  posted on 3/30/2012 at 04:09 PM
warren was great!!
 

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  posted on 3/30/2012 at 02:46 PM
I feel very fortunate to have seen Warren in live performance twice: In 1990 on the "Hindu Love Gods" tour, and then in 1996 on the "Mutineer" tour. Both times were at the Pearl Street Nightclub in Northampton. I'll always remember at the 1990 show when he stared me directly in the eye (for a good while) during "Boom Boom Mancini," and his wisecracks about Alanis Morissette at the 1996 show that had the audience roaring with laughter.

It's an amazing songwriter who can be satirical, witty and cynical in his songs and then turn around and also write the most tender love songs. That was Warren.

 

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