For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure: Warren Zevon at Club Dada and Deep Ellum Live in '92

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That record you see at right, signed by Warren Zevon, was given to me by Craig DePoi the night Warren played Club Dada -- July 27, 1992, to be exact. I remember it like it was yesterday. Craig, then working behind the bar at Trees, knew of my fondness for Warren, and after his set asked him to sign a copy of the out-of-print Stand in the Fire, among the greatest live albums of all time (Warren's backed by a Zevon cover band, brilliant). Craig gave it to me that night; I recall his thinking my hug of gratitude lasted a little too long. The record has hung over my desk ever since. It's seldom more than two feet out of reach.

Not long after Warren and I got to be not exactly friends, but acquaintances, let's say. We bonded over Norman Mailer (he wound up with the cassette containing my interview with Mailer about his Oswald book) and Hunter Thompson, talked for hours in '95, and when I moved to Los Angeles a year later, we met a few times for eggs and bacon and biscuits at Hugo's on Santa Monica in West Hollywood, near where we both lived at the time. He complained a lot about how his label was treating him at the time (poorly, like they treat all the great ones), but was never less than gracious and kind and funny. Once he picked up Jeff Goldblum's check, just because, and he was sitting across the restaurant. Warren was his songs -- the tender-but-don't-tell tough guy.

Long ago a Friend of Unfair Park requested some Zevon for this week-ending feature; you'll find 101 recordings here, many essential but none from Dallas. But this evening, a Christmas miracle: Whilst browsing for something good, really special, I found this strange website featuring all manner of spectacular, holy-shit boots -- one of which, if you'll scroll way down, contains both of Warren's Dallas performances in 1992.

There's the full-band show at Deep Ellum Live on February 1, with The Odds behind him, and that all-by-his-lonesome gig at Dada in July. Said Warren that hot night, "You can see that I've manipulated my career in such a way as to make two trips to Texas in six months, and in the summertime no less." He complained about "the Blade Runner weather," but cautioned:  "I think this is the new deal. We'd better get used to it." Hard to believe he's been gone eight years now. But tonight, for us, Warren Zevon lives again.
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For the record...
For the record...

Robert Wilonsky - The elephant has a good memory, great writing, and superb taste. If we ever share a midnight Greyhound ride together, I've got the flask.

Keithdylan
Keithdylan

These are my recordings.  If you listen closely you can hear some guy practically assault his girlfriend during the July show.

Sander Wolf
Sander Wolf

I met him once backstage at the Paradise in Boston. I got him to sign an autograph for my friend that said, "To [name of friend] Sander is cooler than you. -- Warren Zevon."

james
james

the click on the page takes me to a songlist with no way to download or listen.

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

Click on the "strange website" link, scroll down to "WarrenZevon1992Dallas.asx", right click "Download"

james
james

got it downloadin' thanx. feel kinda stoopid, but thiere ain't no highlights or anythin' to show me to click there...gotta learn to run the mouse down each line to see the li'l arrow thang change?

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

Hanging with Warren Zevon? Well that settles it - you are officially The Mot Interesting Man In Dallas.

Warren for me is a litmus test with people. If they get Zevon then they'll get my sense of humor and we will have a baseline for taking about music and life in general. Always loved his quote from his last Letterman appearance "Well, first of all, let me say that I might have made a tactical error in not going to a physician for 20 years. It was one of those phobias that really didn’t pay off."

 

Don
Don

Please tell me you went Irv's Burgers when you lived there Robert???

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Considering that I lived, oh, one mile away -- at Sunset and N. Gardner -- yes, yes I did. Way too often. I hear it's in need of saving now, not doing well. I would like to invite them to live here, preferably one mile away.

Don
Don

Irv's in trouble?? NO!!!  They are like the nicest people ever... I hope it doesn't shutter before I travel back there next month.  I also lived in that neighborhood - possibly one of the only places in LA where you can walk to great restaurants, bars, grocery stores and even the movies.  Although I think the Laemmle Sunset 5 shut it's doors recently... which is very lame. 

Great neighborhood - but still not enough to make the people out there likeable!

G_David
G_David

So a Warren Zevon cover band actually backed up Warren Zevon.  That is SO much cooler than the singer from a Judas Priest cover band becoming the lead singer for Judas Priest.

Cujo
Cujo

Forgot to mention that "Stand in the Fire" isn't out of print anymore. It's showing up on Amazon as available and the CD is listed as being issued in 2007. I ordered it a few years back myself.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

I meant that it was in '92.

Cujo
Cujo

I knew what you meant, I was pointing it out for the benefit of those who haven't purchased or otherwise have gotten a copy that want one. I suppose I wasn't quite clear on that.

Cujo
Cujo

This is a truly cool site. With any luck my work won't block it. Thank you.

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