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Tom Waits Live

July 28, 2008

Not everyone’s cup of mud I know, but the eccentric, gravel-throated, mad-genius has just allowed NPR to host a full concert on the All Songs Considered website. Recorded in Atlanta from the last night stateside of his recent 13-city “Glitter and Doom” tour, he pulls out classics, reinterpretations and new material with the signature banter and carnivalesque, speak-easy atmosphere only Waits could pull off with aplomb. Too bad there is no video, as I’ve heard watching the man perform is half of the magic. Even so, Mr. Waits rarely tours, so this is a nice treat for fans of this American music icon. Available at midnight tonight, enjoy it as a stream here. If you subscribe to the All Songs Considered Concert podcast, it is already available as a download, just refresh and enjoy!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. brad swenson permalink
    July 30, 2008 7:13 am

    Tom the troubadour is quite the sight to see in person. Many years ago at the Orpheum in MPLS he was late, had a very short first set to the dismay of many. At the beginning of set two, the stage was set like a street corner, with Waits playing a sax under a street light. As the seductive sax was playing an unsuspecting audience watched as a woman appeared on stage. As the music continued, the woman began disrobing, ending up stripping while the sax played on…..

    Apparently as Waits toured, he went to each city, hiring a stripper for the evenings performance!


  2. Drew permalink*
    July 30, 2008 1:44 pm

    I totally remember you telling Dana and I that story! How crazy would that have been. I am late to the Waits fan club, more because of my age than neglect, but man, oh, man is this guy great. Love his stuff and since I can’t afford his concert tickets if he were to come to Minneapolis again, this live show is pretty cool.
    By the way, has anyone ever told you you could pass as Tom Waits if you had the right garb?
    That’s not a slam. I dunno, something in the face and of course you both just ooze that cool troubadour vibe!
    Love ya and thanks for posting the story.

  3. brad swenson permalink
    July 30, 2008 9:47 pm

    People have sugested I could pass for the following:

    1) Herman from Herman and the Hermits
    2) Mick from the Stones
    3) even David Bowie, but those people were under the influence
    4) But I like the reference to Tom, I have always fantasized that it would be so fine to stroll into a little Hollywood cafe and find Tom sitting on a stool at the counter…..


  4. Jeff permalink
    August 19, 2008 1:57 pm

    This concert is great, drew download the record Alice, it is fantastic.

    We are moving Oct 1 to Minneapolis, hope that we can all get together soon. I hate humidity.

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