As tipped here last month, Warren Zevon will be the debut subject of a new VH1 series, “Inside Out,” which launches Aug. 24. The program will chronicle the veteran singer/songwriter’s struggle to complete “The Wind,” his forthcoming album for Artemis Records, due Aug. 26. Zevon was diagnosed with the terminal lung cancer mesothelioma in August 2002.
“Inside Out: Warren Zevon” will feature appearances by Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Brown, Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood and is hosted by actor Billy Bob Thornton. Following Zevon through his personal journey with the illness, the program also explores the creative process behind the upcoming album, 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.”
Others appearing on the premiere episode of “Inside Out” include Jorge Calderon, co-producer of “The Wind,” plus Zevon’s two children, including his daughter Ariel, who was pregnant with twins during filming.
Speaking last month about his condition, Zevon’s publicist said, “He’s doing all right. When he first started talking about his illness, he was hoping he could make it to see the next James Bond movie. And that was last Christmas. So every day is a blessing.”
Aside from Springsteen, Browne and Thornton, guest luminaries on “The Wind,” include T-Bone Burnett, Ry Cooder, Emmylou Harris, Don Henley, David Lindley, Tom Petty, Timothy B. Schmit, Paul Shaffer, John Waite and Joe Walsh.
Future episodes of “Inside Out” will focus on Ol’ Dirty Bastard (now known as Dirt McGirt), Toni Braxton, Slash and Nelly.