Guests Abound On Zevon's 'The Wind'
Terminally ill artist Warren Zevon has gathered an impressive list of famous friends to contribute to what will likely be his final studio album, "The Wind." Due Aug. 26 via Artemis, the album featureTerminally ill artist Warren Zevon has gathered an impressive list of famous friends to contribute to what will likely be his final studio album, "The Wind." Due Aug. 26 via Artemis, the album features contributions from Bruce Springsteen, the Eagles' Don Henley, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, Dwight Yoakam, Billy Bob Thornton, Ry Cooder, T-Bone Burnett, Tommy Shaw (Styx), David Lindley, and John Waite.
Zevon was diagnosed last fall with inoperable lung cancer. At that time he announced that he would begin work on the new album.
"I'm writing a lot," the artist told Billboard when he disclosed his illness publicly. "There's nothing like an experience like this to really make you start living that tao day by day, so much depends on how much I'm breathing every day. Fortunately, I have a studio. The studio, as you've heard on the records, is in my apartment. So I'm going to be able to stagger into that thing pretty much when the hearse is idling at the curb."
VH1 filmed the recording sessions for the album and much of Zevon's life since his diagnosis. A documentary about his struggle will air in conjunction with the album's release.
In March, EMI/Capitol reissued three of Zevon's albums -- his 1969 debut "Wanted Dead or Alive," 1987's "Sentimental Hygiene" and 1989's "Transverse City" -- all with bonus material. A retrospective, "Genius: The Best of Warren Zevon" was released in October by Rhino.