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Waddy Wachtel

  Warren Zevon
Excitable Boy Album and 1978 Tour

Excitable Boy 1978
Label: Asylum

1. Johnny Strikes up the Band (W. Zevon)
2. Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner (D. Lindell, W. Zevon)
3. Excitable Boy (L. Marinell, W. Zevon)
4. Werewolves of London (L. Marinell, W. Wachtel, W. Zevon)
5. Accidentally Like a Martyr (W. Zevon)
6. Night Time in the Switching Yard (J. Calderon, D. Lindell, W. Wachtel, W. Zevon)
7. Veracruz (J. Calderon, W. Zevon)
8. Tenderness on the Block (J. Browne, W. Zevon)
9. Lawyers, Guns and Money (W. Zevon)

Karla Bonoff - Harmony Vocals (5)
Jackson Browne - Harmony Vocals (2, 5, 6, 8)
Jorge Calderon - Harmony Vocals (2, 5, 6, 7, 8), Spanish Vocals (7)
Luis Damian - Jarana (7)
Kenny Edwards - Bass (7, 8, 9), Harmony Vocals (2, 5, 6, 8)
Mick Fleetwood - Drums (4)
*The Gentlemen Boys - Harmony Vocals (2, 5, 6, 8)
Arthur Gerst - Mexican Harp (7)
Bob Glaub - Bass (2, 3, 6)
Jim Horn - Recorders (7), Saxophone (3)
Danny Kortchmar - Guitar (6), Percussion (1)
Russ Kunkel - Drums (1, 2, 3, 5)
Greg Ladanyi - Bells (6)
Rick Marotta - Drums (7, 8, 9)
John McVie - Bass (4)
Jeff Porcaro - Percussion (6), Drums (6)
Linda Ronstadt - Harmony Vocals (3)
Leland Sklar - Bass (1, 5)
J.D. Souther - Harmony Vocals (2, 5, 6, 8)
Manuel Vasquez - Requinto Jarocho (7)
Waddy Wachtel - Synthesizer (6), Guitar (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9), Harmony Vocals (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8)
Jennifer Warnes - Harmony Vocals (3)
Warren Zevon - Vocals (1 - 9), Organ (2), Synthesizer (6), Piano (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9)

Jackson Browne - Producer
Waddy Wachtel - Producer
Greg Ladanyi - Engineer, Mixing
Dennis Kirk - Engineer, Mixing
Sergio Reyes - Assistant Engineer
George Ybara - Assistant Engineer
Lorrie Sullivan - Photography
Jimmy Wachtel - Design, Photography

*The Gentlemen Boys consisted of: Jackson Browne, Jorge Calderon, Kenny Edwards, J. D. Souther and Waddy Wachtel.

"Werewolves of London"

"Lawyers, Guns and Money"

"Johnny Strikes Up the Band"

"Tenderness on the Block"

"Excitable Boy"

"Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner"

"Accidentally Like a Martyr"


"Night Time in the Switching Yard"

“When Warren Zevon needs more power on this album, all he has to do is snap his fingers. For, if Excitable Boy is clearly a singular triumph, it is also a collective one. Brassy as Zevon is, he's given comparable backing by the rhythm sections of three superlative rock & roll bands (Linda Ronstadt's, the Section, Fleetwood Mac), exceptionally crisp and complementary production by Jackson Browne and guitarist Waddy Wachtel, and the kind of sound quality (by Gred Ladanyi, who engineered Browne's Running on Empty) that most musicians would kill for. Musically, Zevon's stalwart singing and rigorous, razor-sharp piano playing hold down the fort, while Wachtel, who brandishes an armory of guitars, takes the high ground with such audacity he nearly steals the action at times. On "Johnny Strikes Up the Band" (like the second LP's "Mohammed's Radio," a "tribute to rock & roll"), Wachtel simply picks up the song and carries it away, giving it back only for the vibrant vocals. ...

“"Werewolves of London" is one of those indescribable, half-sung/half-spoken, stupid/profound anthems that captures something of a city and a time. With Wachtel's guitar prowling through the rolling fog like Jack the Ripper, Zevon reduces the whole world to a mythic howl, and you feel exhilarated.”
-Rolling Stone review by Paul Nelson Mar 23, 1978

1978 Excitable Boy Tour
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Warren Zevon - Piano, Guitar, Vocals
Waddy Wachtel - Guitar, Background Vocals
David Landau - Guitar
Stanley Sheldon - Bass
Rick Marotta - Drums

Set lists varied at concerts, but most included these songs in some order:
Johnny Strikes Up The Band
Tenderness On The Block
Mohammed's Radio
Excitable Boy
Accidentally Like A Martyr
Nighttime In The Switching Yard
A Certain Girl
Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner
Werewolves Of London
Lawyers, Guns And Money
Poor, Poor Pitiful Me
Desperados Under The Eaves
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

"Johnny Strikes Up The Band" live at The Record Plant 7/27/78 (Audio)

"Nighttime In The Switching Yard" 5/14/78 Detroit (Audio)

"Veracruz" 5/14/78 Detroit (Audio)

David Landau, Stanley Sheldon, Rick Marotta, Warren Zevon, Waddy Wachtel - On Tour 1978

1978 Tour Dates (partial):
3/3 Page Hall, University of Albany, Albany, NY
3/5 The Bottom Line, New York, NY
3/6 Bijou Cafe, Philadelphia, PA
3/7 Bijou Cafe, Philadelphia, PA
3/8 The Cellar Door, Washington, DC
3/9 The Cellar Door, Washington, DC
3/17 Trax, New York, NY (James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, J.D. Souther and Bruce Springsteen possibly adding background vocals on "Werewolves of London")
3/19 Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA
3/21 Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
3/22 Bogart's Café, Cincinnati, OH
3/23 Park West, Chicago, IL (Live concert on WXRT radio)
4/24 The Roxy, Hollywood, CA
5/5 Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA
5/7 Academy of Music, Philadelphia, PA
5/8 Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC
5/9 Rogues Gallery, Virginia Beach, VA
5/11 Agora Ballroom, Columbus, OH
5/12 Little Theater, Cleveland, OH
5/13 Riviera 400 Club, Chicago, IL
5/14 Royal Oak, Detroit, MI
5/17 Pabst Theatre, Milwaukee, WI
5/19 Uptown Theater, Kansas City, MO
5/21 Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, MN
5/24 Power Center, Ann Arbor, MI
5/25 Emery Auditorium, Cincinnati, OH
5/28 Rosy's Jazz Hall, New Orleans, LA
5/31 Cullen Auditorium, Houston, TX
6/2 Austin Opry House, Austin, TX
6/3 DCCC Theater, Dallas, TX
6/4 University of California/Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
6/6 Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA
6/7 Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA
6/9 Spartan Stadium, San Jose, CA
6/10 'Mountain Aire', Calaveras County Fairgrounds, Angels Camp,CA
6/11 'Mountain Aire', Calaveras County Fairgrounds, Angels Camp,CA
6/23 Paramount Theater, Portland, OR (Bruce Springsteen - harmonica, guitar, harmony vocals on "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead")
6/27 Palace Theater, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
6/29 Convocation Hall, Toronto, ON, Canada
6/30 Auditorium La Plateau, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
7/5 University of San Diego, San Diego, CA
7/11 Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, CA
7/24 The Roxy, Hollywood, CA (possible wrong date)
7/27 Record Plant, Sausalito, CA

Listen to:
Warren Zevon Live at The Record Plant on July 27, 1978 Audio Playlist

Waddy Wachtel with Warren Zevon - List of credits with links to pages
Photos of Waddy Wachtel with Warren Zevon
Waddy Wachtel and Warren Zevon with The Everly Brothers 1972 Stories We Could Tell album and tour - plus video interview
Los Angeles Magazine 2007 article - Waddy Wachtel excerpt from the book I'll Sleep When I'm Dead - The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon by Crystal Zevon
Waddy Wachtel: Creating "Werewolves of London" 2008 article
Musician Magazine 1982 article - Warren Zevon interview
"Werewolves of London" also appears on: These albums and movies
"Lawyers, Guns and Money" also appears on: "Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson" 2007

Outside link:
Warren Zevon Web Site
"Werewolves of London"
by Warren Zevon, Waddy Wachtel, Leroy Marinell

I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand,
Walking through the streets of Soho in the rain.
He was looking for the place called Lee Ho Fook's,
Going to get a big dish of beef chow mein.
Ahhwooooo... Werewolves of London, Ahwooooo!
Ahhwooooo... Werewolves of London, Ahwooooo!

You hear him howling around your kitchen door,
You better not let him in.
Little old lady got mutilated late last night,
Werewolves of London again.
Ahhwooooo... Werewolves of London, Ahwooooo!
Ahhwooooo... Werewolves of London, Ahwooooo! Huh!

He's the hairy handed gent who ran amuck in Kent,
Lately he's been overheard in Mayfair.
You better stay away from him,
He'll rip your lungs out, Jim,
Huh! I'd like to meet his tailor.
Ahhwooooo... Werewolves of London, Ahwooooo!
Ahhwooooo... Werewolves of London, Ahwooooo!

Well, I saw Lon Chaney walking with the Queen,
Doing the Werewolves of London.
I saw Lon Chaney, Jr. walking with the Queen,
Doing the Werewolves of London.
I saw a werewolf drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic's,
And his hair was perfect.
Ahhwooooo... Werewolves of London, Huh! Draw blood!
Ahhwooooo... Werewolves of London...

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