Posted in TV | music on April 9, 2012

Tom Waits

His people report: "TOM WAITS is heading to NYC this month to perform on late night television. It remains a mystery as to what gems the iconoclast will chose to perform on those stages...but he will be talking with the hosts as well as playing songs for the very first time live from his latest, Bad As Me, "the best-reviewed major album of 2011," according to metacritic.com."

He plays Letterman on April 24 & Fallon on April 25 (and hopefully somewhere else while he's in town!).

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Comments (62)

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Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 10:22 AM

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Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 10:32 AM

I got excited for a second...how about Town Hall? 2 nights!

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 10:37 AM

: crosses fingers :

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 10:40 AM

Ugh, can't stand this guy's act. Hyper-masculinity...is it trite by now?

Posted by brbpizza | April 9, 2012 10:41 AM

^
Not all of us speak faggot. Please explain.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 10:43 AM

The Waits schtick is getting really old. You're a drunken dirty old man crying and howling at the end of some divey bar, we get it Tom!

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 10:44 AM

When was the last time he played new york? Gotta be years...

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 10:44 AM

LOL @ trolls trying to criticize Tom Waits... haha

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 10:46 AM

Last time he played NYC it was five nights at the Beacon - 1999

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 10:47 AM

He played on the daily show years ago and did not perform a local show at the same time. I doubt he will play this time as well.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 10:49 AM

"The Waits schtick is getting really old. You're a drunken dirty old man crying and howling at the end of some divey bar, we get it Tom!"

What are the chances this person has never heard a Waits song?

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 10:53 AM

10:41 and 10:44, please realize that everyone wants to punch you in the face.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 10:56 AM

TW was on the LeTTeRMaN guest schedule about a month ago but fell off...

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 10:56 AM

actually Waits did four nights at the Beacon, not five.

after that he played a 45 minute set with Kronos Quartet at Lincoln Center and also did a set at the Katrina benefit at Radio City, but he hasn't had an official tour stop in nyc since the Get Behind the Mule tour in 99.

Posted by Javier Buchananeversonia | April 9, 2012 10:58 AM

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Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 11:07 AM

Please, Tom. Please. Play some shows here. Beacon. Town Hall. I don't care. Play like 10 of 'em.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 11:11 AM

If there are shows, will they be announced last minute as to avoid scalpers?

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 11:19 AM

He fell into self-parody a long time ago.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 11:21 AM

who cares, one direction > tom waits

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 11:25 AM

he knows karate and voodoo too!

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 11:31 AM

Who cares, the Gaslight Anthem is playing the Music Hall on 5/16 and will MELT YOUR FACES.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 11:31 AM

"He played on the daily show years ago and did not perform a local show at the same time. I doubt he will play this time as well."

thought the same thing. seriously doubt he'll play. it's too close to showtime. bummer. PLAY A NYC SHOW TOM. will he ever play nyc again?

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 11:31 AM

"When was the last time he played new york? Gotta be years..."

Well technically he plays NYC all the time, but always at a big benefit show, never solo.

Tom Waits does not simply bypass NYC, he does not tour period. He has done two small tours in the past 10 years. The TV performances will very likely be just him on guitar with no backing band (like the Daily Show performance and many Letterman spots). I doubt he will play a solo show in NYC at the same time.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 11:35 AM

"The Waits schtick is getting really old. You're a drunken dirty old man crying and howling at the end of some divey bar, we get it Tom!"

I love Tom Waits. Flew out to random cities for the past two tours. Who would ever think I would visit Cleveland? But his act is all schtick and for once I would like to see him drop the vagabond persona and just act like himself.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 11:40 AM

Honest question: How much do musicians get paid to be on late night shows? 5K?

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 11:45 AM

11:45,

I don't believe they get paid, I think it's promo but...I could be wrong.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 11:48 AM

he's done three tours...2004, 2006 and 2008.

Posted by javier buchananeversonia | April 9, 2012 11:49 AM

Haters on Tom Waits = LCD fans

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 11:57 AM

bro is so like deep and hardened

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 12:05 PM

To LCD fans who don't like Tom Waits. Please try to explain how LCD is more important to music than Waits. I will call you an idiot but I am just curious to see how someone with an obvious lack of music knowlegde would approach this. Thanks

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 12:11 PM

Big LOL to all the overly hostile dipshits who can't handle someone not liking the material of someone they act should be sacrosanct.


That being said, I'm not surprised that there aren't NYC dates being announced (yet?), given Waits big cult status. He hasn't been here for a while I remember at least.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 12:17 PM

Tom could very well announce dates, but probably not at the Beacon or Town Hall.

I am sure he will announce a few nights in Schenectady, maybe a show in Utica and maybe a Jersey show in Plumsted or somewhere else inconvenient for us.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 12:19 PM

Tom Waits = ATP Friday night headliner

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 12:30 PM

I think he's opening for Kraftwerk

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 12:34 PM

12:19: I don't know... I was actually thinking the reverse of what you stated, as it makes more sense. But then again, I think it's partly wishful thinking.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 12:41 PM

If BV is posting about this saying (hopefully somewhere else in town) it means that he knows something. When was the last time he posted info on a band performing on tv and then the maybe they will be playing a show. I believe that was Radiohead and look what went down.

I would start to get excited and keep your ears open for that last minute ticket announcement

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 12:58 PM

^ I think that the Paul Simon Webster Hall show was similarly advance publicized, right?

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 1:23 PM

OH GOD COME ON! PLAY A CLUB DATE!! I've been listening to Tom Waits for like, 13 years and he hasn't played NYC once in that time!

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 1:50 PM

LIKE 13 YEARS!!!!!!! CMOOOON!

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 2:43 PM

gaslight, is that like igniting a fart...

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 3:22 PM

This fart needs to retire, what is he like, 79 now? anyway Howlin Wolf > Tom Waits

Posted by Chet | April 9, 2012 3:46 PM

you're so old school chet. how about random unknown/unrecorded guy in a dive bar in the south circa 1915>howlin' wolf? did i outdo you?

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 4:14 PM

jeez, if you know anything about music history, you will know where tom ripped most of his best stuff from. and its more than just chester burnett. hoagie carmichael, kerouac, etc etc.

Posted by chet | April 9, 2012 4:37 PM

everybody rips off everybody alan lomax, get used to it...

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 4:43 PM

Yes Tom Waits has been able to keep alive a 40 year career by "ripping off Howlin' Wolf".

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 5:29 PM

I love 4:37. Writes a comment to try and school people on here on music knowledge. Goes that extra step to be clever and call Howlin' Wolf by his real name and then spells HOAGY Carmichel wrong,

Fucking typical BV know nothing.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 5:33 PM

ha ha

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 5:48 PM

Show me a band who hasn't ripped anyone off?

Besides Radiohead, that is

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 6:02 PM

Radiohead has ripped off many! more so than most british bands of their time.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 6:27 PM

Radiohead rips off their fans, but their fans of course deserve it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 7:08 PM

who cares about radiohead when you can listen to the hold steady

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 8:03 PM

define ripped-off.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 8:28 PM

John Lennon ripped off Bob Dylan's voice.

Posted by Little Irish | April 9, 2012 8:30 PM

The Hold Steady ripped off Bruce Springsteen

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 8:33 PM

ok people calm down, I am a big waits after all. but seriously, track down the documentary that delves into all his influences, its a good one.

Posted by chet | April 9, 2012 8:59 PM

Tom Waits ripped off Bob Dylan

Posted by Little Irish | April 9, 2012 9:09 PM

bob dylan ripped off yo mama's clothes

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 9:48 PM

Tom Waits blowing Randy Newman > most abysmal bands on Brooklyn Vegan

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 11:52 PM

Wow! People ripping on Tom Waits where he supposedly gets his influence. Cute & so utterly wrong. Waits albums are pretty varied usually with different bands. Tom Waits is a genuine original.
Sure theres influences with him.

Bob Dylan pretty much initially from the start took from many folk & blue grass players which was no secret. Also Dylan forced the voice style he had to the point where it changed over the years without much control.
Thats not to take away from Dylans great songwriting at all though.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2012 3:09 AM

Huh when to start ?

Posted by Seven | April 23, 2012 8:49 PM

tom waits rules

Posted by jordon | August 3, 2013 3:37 PM

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