“There’s a book on Warren Zevon, and on the back I have a quote: ‘With Warren, they didn’t have to break the mold, they made him free hand.’ And it’s so true. He was a real character, somebody a crime novelist could have invented or something.
“He marched to his own drummer. Stylistically, the way he wrote lyrics and how he took what everybody else was doing and made it so different, it was really a unique gift of his. I was so brokenhearted when he passed.
“Warren was around during a real golden period. You had David and Graham and Linda, Jackson – it was a real core of unbelievable talents. And the cool thing was, it all took on the guise of a band, like a modern-day Wrecking Crew. It wasn’t just a bunch of hired guys and an artist. We were making records that we loved.”