By his doctor's best estimate, Warren Zevon's new album, The Wind, should have been a posthumous release. It comes out tomorrow, a year after he was diagnosed with inoperable cancer and given three months to live. If there's one good thing about the death sentence of terminal illness, it's that everyone gets their chance to say their good-byes rather than realizing until too late that they missed their opportunity. The Wind is Zevon's good-bye, but it was also the chance for his musicians friends to give him his due send-off. He was the rare acerbic talent to emerge from the hedonist L.A. singer/songwriter scene of the '70s, and many of his bigger-name acolytes joined him the studio to help out.
VH1's (Inside) Out documentary
chronicles this past year in Zevon's life, including clips from his
gallows-humor-heavy appearance on Letterman from last October. It
reruns on Tuesday, August 26 at 1:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. EDT.