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Why I love Dave Letterman.

May 21st, 2008 · No Comments · Art, Misc.

Fussing about with iTunes earlier this evening, I wound up listening to a bunch of Warren Zevon tracks. Which, of course, made me miss Warren Zevon. He died in the middle of 2003 from mesothelioma.

A google or two later and I stumbled upon the fact that Warren’s last public performance had been on the Late Show With David Letterman - when Dave gave the entire show over to celebrating Zevon’s life and work. And what a show it was - featuring not only that final performance (ending with my ABSOLUTE favorite Zevon track - Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner - but also the first presentation of Zevon’s final statement to the world:

“Enjoy every sandwich.”

Letterman, for his part, puts on a brave face as he tries to interview his dying friend for the last time. You can see his resolve crack numerous times, but Zevon always catches him with a quick joke or a smart-ass comment. It’s not much of an exaggeration to say that he faced death better than most and Letterman - to his credit - did his part to provide a final stage for Zevon’s wit and genius.

Thanks to the wonder of youtube, here’s the whole show (minus the unrelated opening gags):

Zevon passed away some months later - but only after having realized all of his last wishes:

Recording his final album, seeing the birth of his grandkids and catching the premiere of the then-latest James Bond movie.

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