Tom Waits

Well, Dave and I have only been Tom Waits fans since, oh I dunno, the mid-to-late 80s. But like a lot of fans we could never see him because he didn't do many shows, and those few were usually in his home state of California. But all that changed in August of 1999! Wooohooo, what a show! What a showman! That was a lot of fun! And it helped A LOT that we had seats on the front of a box, for an unobstructed view (thanks to "Scalper Barb"). This page exists to just briefly mark this supremely cool event. Here's the setlist from that show (shamelessly stolen from a site that actually keeps track of ALL Waits set lists). Below see pix of me and Dave shortly before the show.
Here's the ticket stub from the most fun concert I ever attended.

A moment I remember from the show: A guy yells out "Romeo is Bleeding!" (a song title). Waits shoots back, "Yes sir he is!" Then, in an aside to the audience: "My brother-in-law." Then, talking to the guy: "I thought we had an understanding. You agreed, when I gave you the check, that you'd wait in the car until the end of the show."
Who is Waits, you ask? Well, just march out right now and buy Rain Dogs. You'll either love it or hate it; there is nothing in between. And I finally got to see him in concert! Nyaah nyaah nyaah!

Tom Waits page at his label, Anti Records. - Waits' official site
Tom Waits Library - very good Tom Waits Silver Cloud Lounge - very good
Tom Waits - Angora Shoes! - Excellent, and an extensive links page Usenet/IDG:
Excellent Waits write-up at Eyeball Kid - Tom Waits news blog Tom Waits For No Man news blog
Video of Tom announcing 2008 tour  


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One from the Heart
Jersey Girl
Downtown Train
Bone Machine
Mule Variations
The Early Years, Volume One
The Early Years, Volume Two
Asylum Records
Closing Time
The Heart of Saturday Night
Nighthawks at the Diner
Small Change
Foreign Affairs
Bette Midler
Blue Valentine
Rickie Lee Jones
Paradise Alley
Heartattack and Vine
One from the Heart
Kathleen Brennan
Bounced Checks
Island Records
Rain Dogs
Franks Wild Years
Marc Ribot
Keith Richards
Downtown Train
Franks Wild Years
Big Time
The Black Rider
Night on Earth
Bone Machine
Epitaph Records
Mule Variations
Mystery Men
John Hammond
Blood Money
Real Gone
Iggy Pop
Coffee and Cigarettes
Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards
Real Gone Tour
The Orphans Tour
Anthology of Tom Waits
The Asylum Years
Used Songs, 1973-1980
Heartattack and Vine
I Hope That I Don't Fall in Love With You
Ol' '55
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27th August 1999    Chicago Theatre    Chicago, Illinois, USA
  1. The Black Rider
  2. Jockey Full Of Bourbon
  3. Jesus Gonna Be Here
  4. Earth Died Screaming
  5. Get Behind The Mule
  6. Straight To The Top
  7. Chocolate Jesus
  8. Hold On
  9. Eyeball Kid
  1. Tango Till They're Sore
  2. Johnsburg, Illinois
  3. The Briar And The Rose
  4. I Can’t Wait To Get Off Work
  5. Innocent When You Dream
  6. 16 Shells From A 30.6
  7. Shore Leave
  8. Cold Water
  9. Pony
  1. Walking Spanish
  2. Filipino Box Spring Hog
  3. Come On Up To The House
  4. Strange Weather
  5. Goin’ Out West
  6. House Where Nobody Lives
  7. Ol' 55
  8. Fish In The Jailhouse

May 5, 2008 - Press conference announcing 2008 tour: