Stand in the Fire

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Stand in the Fire
Warren Zevon - Stand In The Fire.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedDecember 26, 1980 (1980-12-26)
RecordedAugust 1980
VenueThe Roxy Theatre, Los Angeles
ProducerWarren Zevon
Greg Ladanyi
Warren Zevon chronology
Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School
Stand in the Fire
The Envoy
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]
Robert ChristgauA− [2]
Music Box5/5 stars [3]

Stand in the Fire is a live album by American singer-songwriter Warren Zevon, released December 26, 1980. It was recorded in August 1980 during a five-day residency at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, California and featured two new original songs ("Stand in the Fire" and "The Sin") and one new cover ("Bo Diddley's a Gunslinger"). The album was dedicated to Martin Scorsese. It was released in a limited edition, LP replica sleeve on CD April 25, 2006 in Japan. A remastered and expanded edition was released on March 26, 2007 in the U.K., March 27, 2007 in the U.S.

Band members Zeke Zirngiebel, Bob Harris and Marty Stinger were in Boulder, a band signed to Elektra Records.[4] The singer was Stan Bush. Their self-titled album was released in 1979 and it included Zevon's "Join Me in L.A." Bob Harris later went on to work with Frank Zappa.

Zevon called the concerts "The Dog Ate the Part We Didn't Like Tour".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Warren Zevon unless otherwise indicated.

  1. "Stand in the Fire" – 3:26
  2. "Jeannie Needs a Shooter" (Bruce Springsteen, Zevon) – 4:00
  3. "Excitable Boy" (LeRoy Marinell, Zevon) – 3:52
  4. "Mohammed's Radio" – 4:45
  5. "Werewolves of London" (LeRoy Marinell, Waddy Wachtel, Zevon) – 4:48
  6. "Lawyers, Guns and Money" – 3:49
  7. "The Sin" – 3:06
  8. "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" – 4:08
  9. "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" – 4:28
  10. "Bo Diddley's a Gunslinger" / "Bo Diddley" (Bo Diddley) – 4:15

Bonus Tracks on 2007 Remastered Edition[edit]

  1. "Johnny Strikes Up the Band" – 3:58
  2. "Play It All Night Long" – 4:50
  3. "Frank and Jesse James" – 4:27
  4. "Hasten Down the Wind" – 4:33


  • George Gruel – road manager
  • Jimmy Wachtel, Michael Curtis – art direction, photography
  • Recorded by Billy Youdelman and Greg Ladanyi
  • Mixed by Greg Ladanyi, assisted by James Ledner



Year Chart Position
1981 Billboard Pop Albums 80[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Stand in the Fire - Warren Zevon - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Robert Christgau: Consumer Guide Aug. 4, 1981". Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  3. ^ Metzger, John. "Warren Zevon - Stand in the Fire (Album Review)". Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  4. ^ a b "35 Years Ago: Warren Zevon Is Cut Loose on 'Stand in the Fire'". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 8 September 2018.