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Happy Birthday Warren Zevon: Performing Live In 1982


Acclaimed singer-songwriter Warren Zevon was born on this date in Chicago in 1947. The talented multi-instrumentalist sadly died on September 7, 2003, after being treated for a rare form of lung cancer.

Zevon was responsible for writing many now-classic songs such as “Werewolves Of London,” Lawyers Guns & Money,” “Accidentally Like A Martyr,” “Mohammed’s Radio,” “Desperados Under The Eaves,” “Carmelita,” “Mutineer” and several others. This week’s edition of Full Show Friday presents pro-shot video of Zevon in concert — performing many of those standout tunes — on October 1, 1982.

At that time, Zevon was touring in support of his album The Envoy which was released in July. The performance at The Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey was recorded for the MTV live concert series, MTV Presents. Zevon’s band that evening was comprised of guitarists Randy Brown and John Wood, drummer Joe Daniels, bassist Larry Larson.

Their set began with “Johnny Strikes Up the Band,” the opening track from Zevon’s 1978 album, Exitable Boy. A total of five songs from that album were played that night, including the title track, “Accidentally Like A Martyr,” “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner” and “Werewolves of London.” Four songs from The Envoy made the setlist, its title track joined by “Ain’t That Pretty At All,” “Charlie’s Medicine” and “The Overdraft.” Songs from 1980’s Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School (“Jeannie Needs a Shooter,” “Jungle Work” and “Play It All Night Long”) and Zevon’s 1976 self-titled debut (“Poor Pitiful Me”) were played as well.

Zevon also led covers of Allen Toussaint’s “A Certain Girl,” J.D. Souther’s “Simple Man, Simple Dream” and Bruce Springsteen’s “Cadillac Ranch” during the show at The Capitol Theatre in ‘82. Watch the full concert via the Music Vault below:

Setlist & Song Timings

  • 0:00:00 – MTV Presents Introduction
  • 0:00:12 – Introduction
  • 0:00:43 – Johnny Strikes Up The Band
  • 0:03:29 – The Overdraft
  • 0:06:03 – Stage Banter
  • 0:06:29 – A Certain Girl
  • 0:09:41 – Jeannie Needs A Shooter
  • 0:13:44 – Band Introduction
  • 0:15:25 – Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner
  • 0:19:50 – Stage Banter
  • 0:20:21 – The Envoy
  • 0:24:00 – Simple Man, Simple Dream
  • 0:26:30 – Banter
  • 0:27:00 – Charlie’s Medicine
  • 0:38:36 – Applause
  • 0:39:18 – Accidentally Like A Martyr
  • 0:43:32 – Poor Poor Pitiful Me
  • 0:48:26 – Excitable Boy
  • 0:52:06 – Stage Banter
  • 0:53:00 – Ain’t That Pretty At All
  • 0:58:33 – Encore Applause
  • 0:59:59 – Werewolves Of London
  • 1:06:19 – credits

Source: JamBase.com