The Michigan Daily-Friday, May 26, 1978-Page 7
Ahoo! Warren Zevon
strikes at Power
By DOUGLAS HELLER
"You're wonderful!" someone in the
audience called out.
"Hey, no. Pretty good, maybe,"
Warren Zevon replied, waving his han-
ds for emphasis.
Zevon, limping on crutches (he later
explained that he had an accident dan-
cing and falling off a stage), played to a
near capacity and highly responsive
crowd at Power Center Wednesday
night. Honest and straightforward,
Zevon demonstrated that in spite of his
hit album Excitable Boy, he still has
room for improvement.
Short, and with tousled hair, Zevon
seated himself at the piano, threw his
crutches away, and sang "Veracruz" in
a deep, drunken voice. This number
and the next, "Johnny Strikes up the
Band," were good and fast, but a bit
sloppily performed - it seemed that
everyone was still warming up.
A problem throughout the evening
was that the songs tended to sound
repetitious, largely by virtue of similar
tempos. In addition, Zevon is some-
thing short of a virtuoso on the
keyboard, and he didn't seem
especially embarassed about making
mistakes. He often missed out on the
big wind-up finish, coming in late or
being shut out of the final note by the
drums apd lead guitar.
A HIGH POINT was definitely "Ex-
citable Boy," performed with much
more energy than on the album. "The
jaguar of the guitar" David Landau
(who resembles a Jewish Lou Reed)
blistered off a solo that almost made
me drop my notepad.
Other highlights included "Nighttime
in the Switching Yard," "Poor, Poor,
pitiful Me," done with much banging on
the piano, and Zevon's song about a
mercenary soldier, "Roland the
Headless Thompson Gunner."
Finally, though, the crowd got to hear
the tune they had been howling for all
evening, "Werewolves of London,"
with the obligatory substitution of "Ann
Arbor" for "London" in the first verse..
Zevon provided inspiration between
lyrics ("Sing it with me! Bite Down!
Draw blood!), and the crowd responded
with plenty of "Ahoos."
After "Lawyers, Guns, and Money,"
Zevon threw his mike stand'and piano
bench to the floor and hobbled off-stage.
Returning for an encore, he played
"Hasten Down the Wind" alone on
piano, and did his grand finale, "See
What I Did," playing harmonica with
Novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald was
JANE FONDA in
Fonda won a best actress. Oscar as
the terrified call-girl who sees a
shrink on the side. Donald Suther-
land is Klute, an out of town detec-,
tive on the trail of a local killer that
leads him to Fonda. A psychological
thriller made with style and relish..
SAT: MURDER ON THE ORIENT
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"Hooray for Jll Clayburghl She makes
the junip to star in this marvelous film."