7.14.2006

This is me, hyperventilating...

THE ONE AND ONLY TOM WAITS TO HIT THE ROAD!

THE ONE AND ONLY TOM WAITS TO HIT THE ROAD IN AN UNPRECEDENTED STRING OF DATES IN THE SOUTH AND MID-WEST THROUGH CITIES HE HASN’T PLAYED IN DECADES BEGINNING AUGUST 1 IN ATLANTA

Iconoclast and reclusive touring artist TOM WAITS is making an unprecedented move by taking his always unpredictably stunning live show on the road, mostly in cities (Atlanta, Memphis, Louisville, Nashville) where he hasn’t been seen on stage since the mid-to-late ‘70s. As for Asheville, NC, Tom has never played a gig; he hasn’t performed in Akron, OH or Detroit since the ‘80s. The most recent stop on this extraordinary tour is Chicago, where Waits played the Chicago Theater for three sold out nights on his "Mule Variations" tour in ‘99.

"We need to go to Tennessee to pick up some fireworks, and someone owes me money in Kentucky," says Waits about why he’s chosen this particular time and route to tour.

When this two-time Grammy-winner last performed live in 2004, tickets sold out in hours, if not minutes. His most recent live date in London sold out in 30 minutes, with over 150,000 ticket requests received within the first hour. Waits’ three previous North American concerts (two in Vancouver, Canada and one in Seattle) were also snapped up in record time.

"His concert was a nostalgic trip through freak shows, murder ballads, and ruminations on lost love," wrote Charles R. Cross in Rolling Stone after 2004 performance at Seattle’s Paramount Theater. "He didn’t so much sing these songs as he wheezed, whistled, and shouted them, shaking his fist like a craps player on a roll. Mining his recent Real Gone - Waits created a world of haunting characters adrift in a bygone age."

In other news, Paste magazine has just issued its collector’s edition citing the "100 Best Living Songwriters,"with Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan (longtime co-writer, co-producer and wife) clocking in at #4. According to Paste, "In literature, only a handful of writers have pulled off the near impossible. In music, it happens on every Tom Waits recording."

Tour dates are as follows:
08/01
Atlanta GA Tabernacle
08/02
Asheville NC Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
08/04
Memphis TN Orpheum Theatre
08/05
Nashville TN Ryman Auditorium
08/07
Louisville KY Palace Theatre
08/09
Chicago IL Auditorium Theatre
08/11
Detroit MI Opera House
08/13
Akron OH Akron Civic

Look for local ads in the regional papers for on sale dates. The first show in Atlanta goes on sale July 8.

6 comments:

Amber said...

I'm commenting on my own post, how sad is that?
I can't stop saying how excited I am about this show. It was one of the goals in my life, to see Tom Waits perform..one of the others was to see the mostly-defunct Dead Can Dance, which I saw last year in Seattle.
Not only is Tom Waits born the same day as Cassie, but he's also just mythic.
I did get tickets - we're seeing him in Memphis at the Orpheum. It will be a perfect place to see him I think.
The extra bonus to all this is that I am going to meet up with my friends Darla and Jason and see him with the only other two friends I have that are as big if no bigger fans than me, and who I have not seen in years.
Oh, it's going to be good.

This and That said...

have a great time...he is good in the movies he has been in too. talented guy.

S E E Quine said...

` I haven't commented because I don't really know anything about the dude.
` I'm just a regular person who showers with her dishes!

cassie d said...

i don't know about showering with dishes, but i do know i'm jealous!

Tom Waits AND Darla?

lucky bitch.....



p.s.
my birthday is when all famous people are born. i can't help it if i'm apart of the elite. it's so hard being me.
sigh...

;D

cassie d said...

have you gotten any mail lately?

Amber said...

nope, what are you sending it from, you mean snail mail?
We got your post card yesterday, but no email from you.
We already tried to drink the postcard, it didn't work too well..