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  posted on 7/31/2007 at 02:36 PM
Just started reading the book his ex wife put together. Have been getting into his music much more lately. What a terrific songwriter and musician ! He was so underappreciated/underrated. Truly a genius ! Any Zevon fans out there ? Stories ?

 

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  posted on 7/31/2007 at 02:42 PM
"I'm too old to die young,
but too young to die now ..."

That use to be my sig! I love Warren Zevon and could ramble on about him forever. Bird, I hope that we have a chance to sit down and spin some of his discs one day, maybe even mutilate a couple on the geetar! I have more to say about him than I can fit in a post. I miss his wry sense of humor ... his lyrics are untouchable. Blessed the most are those of us who really get him!




[Edited on 7/31/2007 by Rusty]

 

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  posted on 7/31/2007 at 03:22 PM
Ditto w/Rusty here. I wish I would have spent more time focusing on his music while he was here, but thankfully that part of him lives on to enjoy. Try the recently released "Stand In The Fire" for at taste of him live and young enough to feel the energy pouring out of the speakers. Amazing performance!

 

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  posted on 7/31/2007 at 04:08 PM
I've got an excellant SBD show of his from 10/13/96, Denver Colorado.

[Edited on 7/31/2007 by TanDan]

 

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  posted on 7/31/2007 at 04:19 PM
Thanks so much guys ! His acerbic wit is amazing ! Would be great to hook up and get very busy with some Zevon and who knows what else ! I mean who else could write such a beautiful song about heroin addiction ? Wow !

 

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  posted on 7/31/2007 at 04:22 PM
His last appearance on Letterman was very cool........and sad.....

Anybody that can do a song called Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner is ok with me....

 

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  posted on 7/31/2007 at 04:24 PM
Usually, Zeve's sense of humor was sort of disguised, other times it was in plain sight. I loved David Letterman's background vocal (as a hockey fan, yelling, "HIT SOMEBODY") on ... "Hit Somebody" from the "My Ride is Here" CD.

 

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  posted on 7/31/2007 at 05:16 PM
A true genius. There was a time, many years ago, when he was drinking heavily and missing shows and developed a reputation. However, his writing and voice can never be questioned.
 

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  posted on 7/31/2007 at 05:26 PM
All right. I had to weigh in on this thread.

Huge Zevon fan here. First heard the Album Excitable Boy as a teen being played in a record store not too long after it came out. I was enthralled from the first few bars of When Johnny Strikes Up the Band. I bought a copy right then and there .

I became a fan that day and have continued to follow him religiously right up to his wonderfully bittersweet The Wind.

I have all of his solo stuff including the real "first" record that came out on Imperial. (I had to settle for the Pickawick reissue). Sadly, I only got to see him 3 times. Once with a band . Twice acoustic solo. Each time he was awesome.

His career has had some peaks and valleys. Some due to bad luck, some due to bad management, some due to his own inner demons. But there is no one who can honestly listen to his entire canon of work and not come away convinced that this man was a true artist.

His friend David Letterman said it best not too long after he died:

"If this guy was not a poet, then who is ?"

Amen Dave.

I miss you Warren. So sad that your ride came way too soon...



 

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  posted on 7/31/2007 at 06:00 PM
Chills and tears after watching "the wind" special before he died.

Keep me in your heart for awhile. Sad.

Kudos to Billy Bob Thornton for putting that together before Warren died.

 

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  posted on 7/31/2007 at 06:24 PM
I agree he's one of the most under appreciated musicians of our time. To me he was always one of those guys who could write the hell out of a song but never got the credit he deserved. His warmth and sense of humor were always very endearing to me. He used to come to CT from time to time and would always do an afternoon interview on WPLR and they were always great times. I recently acquired a compilation DVD of his that included a couple of partial performances as well as the Letterman show. If anyone's interested they can drop me a pm. I'm not doing much in the way of offering these days because it's still painful to sit for any length of time, but I'll throw this one for a few folks.
 
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  posted on 7/31/2007 at 07:10 PM
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Chills and tears after watching "the wind" special before he died.

Keep me in your heart for awhile. Sad.

Kudos to Billy Bob Thornton for putting that together before Warren died.



Warren and my father in law Dempsey Mc Cowen, both died from cancer on the same day.

 

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  posted on 7/31/2007 at 07:58 PM
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Chills and tears after watching "the wind" special before he died.

Keep me in your heart for awhile. Sad.

Kudos to Billy Bob Thornton for putting that together before Warren died.



Warren and my father in law Dempsey Mc Cowen, both died from cancer on the same day.


That must have been a really sad day, Ron. If I remember correctly, Johnny Cash died in the same week.

Billy Bob Thornton! Speaking of Johnny Cash, I have a sampler with Billy Bob doing , "Ring of Fire". Interesting, to say the least. Billy Bob and Dwight Yokum teamed up with Zevon on a couple of occasions. There's a song called, "Heartache Spoken Here" on the "Mr. Bad Example" album. Zevon and Yokum demonstrate that Warren could write and perform any kind of music. C&W that doesn't suck!

 

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  posted on 7/31/2007 at 08:10 PM
I too was indoctrinated to Warren by the Excitable Boy album
in the summer of my 18th year.
I was fortunate to catch Warren twice once solo and once with a band
send lawyers guns and money the **** has hit the fan.
good night
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  posted on 7/31/2007 at 08:31 PM
Today on vacation at the beach I cracked the cover on a Carl Hiaasen paperback and there on the dedication page was In memory of Warren Zevon

Always enjoyed his music.

 

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  posted on 7/31/2007 at 08:38 PM
Now you're gettin me started! Carl Haiassen is like, my FAVORITE (contemporary) author, and he was a great friend of Zevon's. 'Cowbell - I'll bet you're reading "Basket Case", right? I hope that one gets made into a movie! Dig this: Carl Hiassen co-wrote a song called "My Baby is a Basket Case" with Zevon. That tune is on, "My Ride is Here", too! Another of Zeve's HILLARIOUS tunes. Carl also sings back-up on that one. Watch for a Gregg Allman reference in "Basket Case" ... somewhere around page 135 or so.

On second thought ... "Skinny Dip" was the Hiassen novel dedicated to Warren Zevon. That makes more sense!

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  posted on 8/1/2007 at 10:55 PM
Skinny Dip, that's the one Rusty.
 

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  posted on 8/2/2007 at 06:48 AM
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Skinny Dip, that's the one Rusty.


Then you must read, "Basket Case" when you're finished with this one! It has a rock and roll theme and like all of Carl's books, impossible to put down.

Carl Hiassen and fellow Miami Herald writer, Dave Barry were both friends of Warren Zevon's. He even got both of them interested in playing guitar. Dave Barry once said that they bought red Stratocasters because Zevon told them, "the red ones sound better."

 

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  posted on 8/4/2007 at 10:13 PM
I'm not sure when this show took place, but my wife & I caught him just after (or during) "Excitable Boy" at the Riviera in Chicago & it was a great show (even if Warren was pretty f'd up. Richard Belzer opened (remember him doing his imitation of Mick Jagger -- HILARIOUS !). Also, if I remember corerctly, Warren fell off the stage into the orchestra pit and broke his arm AND THEN FINIGHED THE SHOW ! Can anyone corroberate this for me? I always loved him & I wished I had seen him more. He truly was a poet & I loved his acerbic wit.

I miiss him.

 

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  posted on 8/6/2007 at 05:39 PM
I finally picked up the cd release of "Stand In The Fire" and it is every bit as good as I remember it! What great energy! I love the way the show builds from "Lawyers Guns & Money" through "Bo Diddley's A Gun Slinger". The Bonus tracks are outstanding also, especially "Johnny Strikes Up the Band" and "Play It All Night Long". His voice is pretty shot by the time he gets to "Frank & Jesse James" but that just adds t the charm of it considering everything that came before it. This cd is a must have for anyone who hasn't run out to get it after reading this & earlier threads.
 

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  posted on 8/6/2007 at 06:11 PM
Genius! Would have loved to have seen him live.

 

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  posted on 8/6/2007 at 09:06 PM
Hey, does anyone here have a DVD of the Letterman show where WZ was the only guest? I'd like to obtain a copy. I've watched a little footage of it on youtube, is that all there was, or is there more?

 

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  posted on 8/7/2007 at 06:11 PM
He was the only guest that night. I've never seen the whole thing either, but would also like a copy.
 
 


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