▶ "Splendid Isolation" - Warren Zevon & Neil Young - Bridge 1993
Here's a trip down memory lane with the late, great Warren Zevon.
Here's Warren Zevon & Neil Young on "Splendid Isolation" at the for the 7th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert at Shoreline Amphitheatre, 11/06/93.
Warren Zevon and Neil Young
Winter Park, Colorado, 1992 - Photo by Richard Creamer
The late, great Warren Zevon and Neil Young have a few interesting musical intersections.
From Sugar Mountain Set Lists, Warren Zevon and Neil Young performed together on 07-11-1992 in Winter Park, Colorado. Neil was a guest on two songs: 'Splendid Isolation' and 'Comes A Time'.
Neil also plays lead guitar on Warren Zevon's song "Gridlock" from his 1989 album, Transverse City.
Neil Young played on one of Warren Zevon albums, the title song of the 1987 album Sentimental Hygiene with a blistering guitar solo.
And a minor Warren and Neil connection is Zevon's song "Play It All Night Long" with the lyrics:
Play that dead band's song.
Sweet home Alabama,
Play it all night long.
Of course "that dead band's song" refers to Lynyrd Skynyrd's anthem "Sweet home Alabama" with the immortal lines:
A southern man don't need him around anyhow"
From Warren Zevon's biography, the sory is that he ran into Neil and invited him to play a benefit show. Neil then returned the favour by inviting him to the Bridge Benefit.
The biography uses passages from his diary. One passage reads:
July 10, 1992-Colorado
"Stopped to eat at what seemed like no more than a crossroads in the middle of nowhere: we walked in and there was Neil Young and his wife, Pegi. They're with their son at camp: pure coincidence.
July 11, 1992-Winter Park
...Up at 8:00 with a headache. Rode over to the festival site early with Randy Newman and his guy. Newman seemed to have no interest in me whatsoever...Neil and I running into each other was major local news. Later Neil and Pegi arrived, Neil wearing "Old Velvet Nose" boldly on his T-shirt...He asked me what we were going to do. We played Splendid Isolation and Cortez...great audience...great day. Neil and I spent some more time together. I sure like this guy and it was a thrill playing with him on stage.
Lastly -- quite surprisingly -- here's a video from the TV program Suddenly Susan with Warren Zevon and the lead character discussing whether Neil Young is actually on his Sentimental Hygiene album.