Following a critically acclaimed preview season at The Athenaeum Theatre in October 2019, Zevon – Accidentally Like a Martyr allows master craftsman of the stage and multi-media star, Henry Wagons the opportunity to explore and interpret some of rock’s greatest lyrics and to once again inhabit the colourful lyrical world of Warren Zevon’s songs, breathing new life into his visible hits Werewolves of London, Lawyers, Guns & Money and Excitable Boy.
“I am thrilled to be playing the music of a true mastermind of song,” says Henry. “Zevon, cheekily and charmingly, spins a lyric and winds a melody like no other. Even now, when I’m deep inside his catalogue, my jaw still drops at least once in every song at a random pearl of wisdom. We truly have one hell of a set list to share.”
Musical Director Lachlan Bryan and The Martyrs (Holly E. Thomas, Damian Cafarella, Michael Hubbard) honour his music and The producers, along with Henry and Lachlan, as the joint creators, have chosen to focus on the songs; to acknowledge the man’s life and to shine light where darkness may have prevailed. The intention is to leave ’em smiling and their preview performances delivered as promised.
“Zevon’s songs are dark, funny and brilliant all at once,” says Lachlan. “It’s been a great pleasure to immerse myself in them, and I can’t wait to bring them to life again with this killer band of fine musicians and people.”
Warren Zevon was the songwriter’s songwriter. Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen covered his songs. Linda Ronstadt had massive hits with Poor Poor Pitiful Me and Carmelita. Jackson Browne was his producer and he called David Letterman his greatest champion.
Zevon had a turbulent, erratic relationship with loved ones, supporters and the music industry in general, fuelled by alcohol and drugs extravagance, which no doubt contributed to him becoming a cult figure rather than a major star.
His songs captured the dark, colourful eccentricities and extremes of Los Angeles, his life and early death. His great passion was literature the crime writers of the day and he was their favourite songwriter.
Zevon – Accidentally Like a Martyr will be presented at the West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul (25 April); The Gov, Adelaide (28 April); and The Palms at Crown, Melbourne (30 April). For more information, visit: www.zevonaccidentallylikeamartyr.com for details.
Image: Henry Wagons (supplied)