Scene News: “Zevon – Accidentally Like A Martyr” Starring Henry Wagons Opens In Melbourne On 16th October

Henry Wagons and the hottest band in the known universe are pleased and excited to announce that, due to strong initial ticket sales and the enjoyment of all concerned during rehearsals, plans for Sydney and Brisbane in 2020 are being finalised now.

“Zevon – Accidentally Like A Martyr” allows Henry and the band to work with a repertoire of extraordinary songs and lyrics – some hits and many that should have been. The production is not just any old Wikipedia-driven Zevon biography about the many sins of the 70s, but instead focuses on the music for which his fans around the world adore him. Truth be known, his story is in the music.

Henry says “I am thrilled to be playing the music of a true mastermind ofsong. Zevon, cheekily and charmingly, spins a lyric and winds a melody like no other. Even now, when I’m deep inside his catalogue, my jaw still drops at least once in every song at a random pearl of wisdom. We truly have one hell of a set list to share.”

“Zevon – Accidentally Like A Martyr” is under the musical direction of Lachlan Bryan who says ”Zevon’s songs are dark, funny and brilliant all at once. It’s been a great pleasure to immerse myself in them, and I can’t wait to bring them to life with this killer band of fine musicians and people.”

Henry Wagons – Vocals/Guitar/Piano
Lachlan Bryan – Musical Director/Piano/Vocals
Holly E. Thomas – Drums/Vocals
Damian Cafarella – Bass/Drums/Guitar/Vocals
Michael Hubbard – Guitar/Vocals Affectionate and bittersweet, the theatre show will be performed in two acts over two sets with some unexpected, but fun, moments of audience participation. “Zevon – Accidentally Like A Martyr” features all of Warren Zevon’s greatest hits and some rare nuggets including Lawyers Guns & Money, Excitable Boy,I Was in the House When The House Burned Down, Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner, Johnny Strikes up the Band, Poor Poor Pitiful Me, A Certain Girl,I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead and of course, Werewolves Of London.

About Warren Zevon:
  Warren Zevon is the songwriter’s songwriter. Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen have covered his songs. Linda Ronstadt had massive hits with “Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me” and “Carmelita”. Jackson Browne was his producer. He called David Letterman his greatest champion. His visible hits “Werewolves Of London”, “Lawyers, Guns & Money” and “Excitable Boy” barely scratched the surface of the lyric genius found on his albums.

A turbulent, erratic relationship with loved ones, supporters and the music industry in general, fuelled by alcohol and drug extravagance, no doubt contributed to him becoming a cult figure rather than a major star. His songs captured the dark,colourful eccentricities and extremes of Los Angeles, his life and early death. His great passion was literature and the crime writers of the day and he was their favourite songwriter.  

The Australian premiere of “Zevon – Accidentally Like A Martyr” will be held at the Athenaeum Theatre on 16 October. You’ll dance. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry.


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