The much-loved gravel-gargling American is back…
Bad as Me hits the shops across Europe today, and it’s obscure singles and distinctive vocals aplenty for the established singer-songwriter.
Although he might be an acquired taste, Tom Waits has spread his influence far and wide – a proud fan of his includes Elbow lead singer Guy Garvey, who persistently plays Waits tracks on his 6Music radio programme (despite the occasional protests of his listeners).
With Waits’ characteristic change of direction, Bad as Me includes influences from across the board - from the early rock n roll sound of ‘Get Lost’ to the soul infested single ‘Bad as Me’ and near-acoustic ballads ‘Pay Me’ and ‘Back in the Crowd’. As his fans know and love him, Waits has kept his sound as varied as ever.
It is, of course, a superb offering – and ripe ground for a new tour. We hope that the enigmatic singer overcomes his notorious obscurity and publicises some tour dates soon.
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One of the tracks was recorded in Dublin.Read More
The deadline is approaching for entries to the 2008 International Songwriting Competition, with the full list of judges just announced, including Tom Waits and Black Francis.Read More
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Last minute tickets are now available for tonight's Tom Waits show at the Rat Cellar, Phoenix Park.Read More
Live photos from Tom Waits' first of three Dublin dates at the Rat Cellar marquee in Phoenix Park on July 31.Read More
Ahead of Tom Waits' much-anticipated Dublin visit for three gigs this Wednesday July 30 – Friday August 1, organisers have released final stage time and ticket security information.Read More
Tom Waits opened his Glitter And Doom World Tour on Tuesday night in Phoenix, Arizona to universally rave reviews.Read More
(A conversation with himself)Read More
Tom Waits plays three nights at The RatCellar in Phoenix Park this July, with tickets going on sale next week.Read More
Tom Waits will be doing his best to beat the touts when he brings his Glitter And Doom tour to Dublin on this July.Read More
Hotpress.com can now confirm that Tom Waits will play two Irish dates this summer, in the Phoenix Park, Dublin.Read More
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Tom Waits's new album is a sprawling, all-encompassing collection of politics, history and cultural tidbits. Brilliant.Read More
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In a rare interview, US alt culture icon Tom Waits talks to Dave Fanning about touring with Zappa, getting the nod of approval from Dylan, his fastidious approach to songwriting and why Bill Hicks remains America’s foremost political commentatorRead More
The only problem with writing about any new Tom Waits record is the man himself describes his own work so accurately that any further attempts at conceptualism are rendered superfluous.Read More
Alice and Blood Money are Siamese twinsets written by Waits and his wife Kathleen Brennan for a stage production directed by Texan image alchemist Robert WilsonRead More
A shaggy dog story: Tom Waits shows up at a Northern Californian studio, prospecting for premises close to home so that he can ferry his kids to and from school while working.Read More
The Black Rider is Waits’ strangest album yet and also possibly his strongest.Read More
See him after midnight in the trailer-park: beside his fire with its strange aromas, the withered man with the parched voice and the piercing eyes with even stranger talismans on his jacket.Read More
*Well, it's 9th and Hannepin/And all the donuts have/names that sound like prostitutes/And the moon's teethmarks are/on the sky like a tarp thrown over this...*Read More
A misbegotten, footsore bone-crushing trek through the industrial badlands of Northern Germany finally left me in a single hotel room in Frankfurt uncorking a dutyfree bottle of Old Bushmills.Read More