Iconoclast Tom Waits was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame by Neil Young at the ceremony Monday night honoring his vast and storied musical career spanning four decades. Waits accepted this honor with humor and heart, stating:
“Thanks, everybody, this is very encouraging. Songs are really just interesting things to do with the air. I was fifteen when I snuck in to a club to see Lightning Hopkins. I wore an overcoat, put white-out in my hair, drew on a mustache and said in a deep voice, “One ticket please.” I saw Lightning walk through a door in the back room that said, ‘Keep Out!! This Room for ENTERTAINERS ONLY.’ At the moment, I realized I wanted to get into show business as soon as possible.
I am grateful to my wife and my collaborator Kathleen Brennan. She is the light that helps me find my way and to my kids who have taught me everything I know.
Some day, I hope to hear, “Hey Mack, take the cuffs off him, I think he’s a Hall of Famer!”
During his introduction, Neil Young described Waits as: “a great performer, singer, actor, songwriter, magician, changeling and spirit guide.”
Following the inductions (Waits, Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Darlene Love, Leon Russell and Dr. John), Waits took over the famed ballroom stage with guitarist David Hidalgo (Los Lobos) and long time collaborators, guitarist Marc Ribot and bassist, Larry Taylor with son Casey Waits on drums. Tom’s shamanistic vocals, along with his innovative arrangements, pounding rhythms and emotional melodies were all on display in full force in front of the packed room filled with rock luminaries.
Waits performed four songs, including “Make It Rain,” “Rain Dogs,” a piano version of “House Where Nobody Lives,” and “Get Behind The Mule” (with Neil Young).
Immediately after the performance, Elton John noted: “If Jackson Pollack could sing, he’d sound like Tom Waits.”
Meanwhile, Waits has been hard at work in his studio on his highly anticipated forthcoming album of new songs. Read More
Tom Waits will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC and will be performing a short set at the ceremony. Joining Tom will be Mark Ribot and David Hidalgo (Los Lobos) on guitars, Casey Waits on drums and Larry Taylor on bass. The legendary Neil Young is set to make the introduction and will likely join in. The performance will air exclusively at Fuse TV on Sunday March 20th at 9P/8C
Elton John at ceremony, “If Jackson Pollock could sing, he would sound like Tom Waits.” Read More
Tom Waits has teamed up with The David Lynch Foundation to help launch DLF Music and their ‘Download for Good’ campaign on PledgeMusic.
DLF Music will be releasing exclusive tracks, like Waits’ haunting live recording of “The Briar & The Rose,” as well as works from 16 other artist including Peter Gabriel, Iggy Pop and Moby.
All funds raised from these downloads will go to support the work of DLF in their global outreach, which includes teaching stress-reducing, health-promoting meditation to one million at-risk youth and 10,000 veterans with PTSD. The tracks are available at PledgeMusic along with some great music memorabilia including signed albums, books and artwork.
To find out more, visit the David Lynch Foundation Music here Read More
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In recognition of Tom Waits upcoming honor at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the NPR show Fresh Air will be rebroadcasting Terry Gross’s interview with Tom tomorrow. To find the correct time and station for your area, just go here. The audio will also be posted tomorrow at the NPR site here.
Also look out for Tom in this Sunday’s New York Time’s Magazine! Read More