What’s Up With Tom Waits?

Permission to Come Aboard?

A very mysterious press release from Tom Waits landed in inboxes this morning at exactly 10 a.m. The subject line read: “Tom Waits: Permission to Come Aboard,” and attached is a photo of the songwriter dressed as a pirate, complete with an eyepatch and a sword. The only words are “Coming August 7th.”

Is Waits announcing a tour? He did perform on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and The Late Show with David Letterman in early July, and he has yet to tour beyond his 2011 LP, Bad As Me.

Waits could actually be announcing a Tom Waits cruise next week?

July 9th, 2012,  The Late Show with David Letterman

Interview segment

Performance segment

July 10th, 2012, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Joining Waits on stage to perform were his son Casey on drums, long time bassist Larry Taylor, guitarist David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), keyboardist Augie Myers and guitarist Big Bill Morganfield (son of Muddy Waters). Amazing players and another genius Tom Waits performance.

4 Replies to “What’s Up With Tom Waits?”

    1. Did I ever think about online piracy he asks? Will, I worked for Microsoft and I am very aware of software and music piracy. I have taught over 5,000 students in my technical teaching capacity. I have educated many of these eventual technical support professionals about piracy impact on the software and music industries. It doesn’t stop them from illegal copying, codecracking and having unlicensed software.

      I appreciate your sentiments but the horse is out of the gate my friend. I do my part 99.5% of my music is paid for, the .5% has been gifts or shared with me by others. I have NEVER copied music I don’t own from a Web site. I pay a monthly subscriber fee to Spotify.

      Its not a problem either of us will see resolved in our respective lifetimes….

      Thanks for the video. I liked it. I interviewed Tom Waits at Toad’s Place in the 80s. Was a great meeting. He smoked Old Golds unfiltered and asked me if I wrote for street rag 😉


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