One wonders what Warren Zevon would think – or better yet, what wry quip he would spin – on musical celebrations in honor of his life such as Androgynous Moustache’s “Warren Zevon Birthday Bash.”
For the uninformed from, say, 45 years of age and older, Zevon is best known for his 1978 Top 20 hit-turned classic rock staple, “Werewolves Of London.” Their kids may best know Zevon and “Werewolves” with a degree of separation; it was one of the two notable riffs lifted wholesale by Kid Rock for his unavoidable 2008 smash “All Summer Long.”
If this is the extent of your Zevon knowledge; the loss is yours. Think of it this way; the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen may be amongst the first thought of when it comes to prolific songwriting in the last near-half century, but each of these “big three” worshipped at the altar of Zevon.
Zevon’s combination of literature, worldview and self-examination made – and continues to make – him one of the most celebrated wordsmiths amongst his peers. Yet, as is the case with critically acclaimed/cult figures, this didn’t translate into much in the way of dollar signs; his mainstream resurgence came only when he announced a diagnosis of terminal cancer, which propelled his last original set, 2003’s “The Wind,” to the masses.
Based out of Chicago, the jazz-rock ensemble Androgynous Moustache live sightings are few and far between, but their Zevon “Birthday Bash” last year at Quenchers on Chicago’s north side received respectable notice. For we Zevonophiles, it’s going to be as interesting to hear what these guys can do with the source material as it is to revisit the late, great songsmith’s works a decade after his passing.
Plus, it’s somewhat appropriate that the Zevon Celebration be held in Chicago; Zevon was born in and spent his early years in the Windy City. He would have been 66 years old on Jan. 24.
Androgynous Moustache’s “Warren Zevon Birthday Bash,” 8 p.m. Jan. 24, Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse, Chicago. $10 in advance, $13 day of show (18 and older). FYI: (866) 468-3401, MAYNESTAGE.COM
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