Song of the Day: Warren Zevon – “Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner” (on David Letterman)



Here’s a pick inspired by the feature we ran the other day that listed some albums to have celebrated three great albums to have come out over the past week in rock history. The track is off one of the albums mentioned in the feature, Warren Zevon’s Excitable Boy. The significance of this performance is pretty great — it was the last song Zevon performed in front of an audience before his death. Following Zevon being diagnosed with cancer in 2002, Letterman, who is a fan of Zevon, decided to feature him as the lone guest for the entire show (October 30, 2002). It was on that show too where Zevon offered his famous response to Letterman asking him if his experience had taught him more about life and death — “Enjoy every sandwich,” Zevon said.

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