Warren Zevon – Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner (Live on Letterman in 2002)

“Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner” was David Letterman’s favorite Warren Zevon song. Letterman begged him to play it when he had him on for the whole show on October 30, 2002. Zevon had already been diagnosed with cancer, and would leave this world less than a year later. The show is an emotional one, and Dave is clearly moved by his friend’s predicament.

The CBS Orchestra makes this a big band version of the song. The horns and backing vocals are magnificent. It’s a real treat to watch. Take five minutes to watch it, and remember to enjoy every sandwich. RIP Warren Zevon.