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The US premier of Terry Gilliam’s much anticipated cinematic hallucination “The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus,” featuring Tom Waits as the devil, will materialize on November 2nd in Los Angeles at the AFI Festival. The elaborate fantasy, about the leader of a traveling theater group who takes his audience on a mind-expanding exploration of their imaginations, stars the late Heath Ledger, whose role is also played at various times throughout the film by Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell. Also featured are Christopher Plummer and the before mentioned Tom Waits. The film will screen at the legendary Grauman’s Chinese Theater. For more details go here. Read More

One of the many intriguing treats you can find at Tom Waits‘ brand new official site, a short atmospheric video heralding his upcoming live album “Glitter and Doom.” Read More

Tom Waits was recently in London for the “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” movie premiere which took place on Tuesday at the Empire Leicester Square.
There’s a great new interview with the film’s brilliant director Terry Gilliam (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Brazil) and Tom in the Times UK here.
Watch footage of Tom at the movie premier here. Read More

The extraordinary Mister Tom Waits is hereby formally announcing the opening of his first ever official web site as well as the upcoming release of his long rumored much speculated about live album “Glitter and Doom” due out November 24th.
To visit the new site, simply go to: www.tomwaits.com or just click here. Besides a sumptuous assortment of facts, images and sounds relating to the strange and beloved entertainer, you can also preview the first eight songs of “Glitter and Doom” for free!
Glitter and Doom is a two disc collection of  tracks from Waits’ recent Glitter and Doom tour of the US and Europe. The first disc recreates an evening’s performance with 17 tracks are selected from 10 cities. The second disc is a bonus compendium called TOM TALES, which features the comic bromides, strange musings, and unusual facts that Tom traditionally shares with his audience during the piano set. The topics range from the ritual of insects to the last dying breath of Henry Ford.
The album features all eras of Waits’ as he shifts from an array of characters: carnival barker, preacher, country singer, soul balladeer; cabaret singer and storyteller. Backed by a versatile band, Waits departs from the songs’ original incarnations. The songs instrumentation and rhythms are rearranged and reimagined. There are swampy tribal rhythms, ominous hymns, gypsy flavored ballads, searing rhythmic r&b, and blues boogies.. As expected, the songs are about hanged men, woebegone sailors, sword swallowers, fugitives, shamans, ghosts, dance instructors and prison guards. Enjoy. Read More

Tom Waits will be attending the gala premiere of the upcoming Terry Gilliam (Brazil, Time Bandits) film “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday Sept 18th. The stunning fantasy film, which stars the late Heath Ledger as well as Waits as The Devil, follows the leader of a traveling theater troupe who, having made a deal with the Devil, takes audience members through a magical mirror to explore their imaginations. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus opens in the US on Dec. 25th (Christmas Day) Read More
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