A Mighty ‘Wind’
Terminally ill singer/songwriter Warren Zevon gathered an impressive list of famous friends to contribute to what will likely be his final studio album, “The Wind.” Due this week 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.”
Following Zevon through his personal journey with the illness, VH1 created the documentary “Inside Out,” which explores the creative process behind “The Wind,” shares poignant interactions with many of his loyal fans, pulls excerpts from his personal diary and contains clips from his last live performance on “The Late Show With David Letterman.”