Listen: Warren Zevon @ Tower Theater, Philadelphia, PA – April 22, 1980

…. this performance captures a classic Warren Zevon show, when many believe he was at the height of his creative prowess. Near the start of the show, Zevon steps up to the microphone and exclaims: “It’s great to be back in Philadelphia… And it’s great to be in a rock and roll band!” Then, he launches into a blistering version of his hit, “Excitable Boy,” with all the bravado of a pool hall punk. A song about a high school age sociopath’s murderous prom night, this is a prime example of Zevon’s extremely macabre outlook. Later in the show, he reminds the audience: “This is one of the best audiences I have ever seen; I may go berserk!”
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Tower Theater
Philadelphia, PA
April 22, 1980

  1. Play It All Night Long
  2. Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School
  3. Johnny Strikes Up the Band
  4. Excitable Boy
  5. Mohammed’s Radio
  6. Gorilla, You’re a Desperado
  7. Werewolves of London
  8. Carmelita
  9. Jeannie Needs a Shooter
  10. Jungle Work
  11. A Certain Girl (Ernie K-Doe cover)
  12. Join Me in L.A.
  13. Bill Lee
  14. Accidentally Like a Martyr
  15. Poor Poor Pitiful Me
  16. I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead
  17. Wild Age
  18. Lawyers, Guns and Money
  19. Gunslinger (Bo Diddley cover)
  20. Hasten Down the Wind

This set not only contains an excellent overview of the most compelling material from the first half of his peak years (1978-1982), but is a superb quality recording that captures the excitement of the performance and the chemistry between Zevon and his band, with the songs rocking harder than anything Zevon had summoned in the studio at that point. In December of this same year, Zevon released a live album, Stand In The Fire, culminated from a series of performances at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood during this same tour. Anyone who caught Zevon on what he called “The Dog Ate the Part We Didn’t Like Tour” can attest to the fact that he was in superb form, playing music that rocked hard while displaying intelligence, passion, and a sharply corrosive wit. This recording can be perceived and enjoyed as an expanded edition to that set, containing a complete alternate performance from earlier in the tour.
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-Egil

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