Singer/songwriter Tom Waits has added another leg to his Get Behind the
Mule tour, the first extensive outing by the raw-throated singer in more
than a decade.
In addition to dates in Boston and a four-night stand at the Beacon
Theater in New York, Waits will bring his troubadour stylings in October
to Denver; Eugene, Ore.; Vancouver, British Columbia; and Seattle.
The New York performances are the first by Waits in that city in more
than 12 years. Waits also will appear Sept. 27 on "Late Night With David
The singer is touring behind his critically acclaimed 17th studio album,
Mule Variations, which features the sentimental single "Hold On"
excerpt). A black-and-white video for the song was directed by
Matt Mahurin (U2, R.E.M.).
Waits also is slated to perform at the Oct. 30 kickoff of folk-rocker
Neil Young's annual two-day Bridge School Benefit concert at the Shoreline
Amphitheater in Mountain View, Calif., according to a source close to
the show who requested anonymity.
Waits' signature sound a mix of cocktail jazz, urban blues,
confessional folk, Tin Pan Alley pop and avant-garde cabaret is
marked by his unmistakable, often guttural, voice. During the tour's
kickoff June 9 at the Paramount Theater in Oakland, Calif., Waits had
all those personas and styles on display during a 22-song set that drew
from nearly all phases of his 30-year career.
Before the album's release, Waits jokingly explained why, short of a few
one-off concerts, he's stayed off the road for more than a decade.
"It's a lot of headaches," Waits said. "It's a lot of variables and it's
different every night. ... I lived out on the road, I liked it out there.
I lived in a motel, it was fine. You've got to bring your own coffee,
you've got to bring your own coffeepot."
Tom Waits Tour Dates:
Sept. 1921: Boston, Mass.; Orpheum Theater
Sept. 2325, 27; New York, N.Y.; Beacon Theater
Oct. 1213; Denver, Colo.; Paramount Theater
Oct. 15; Eugene, Ore.; Hult Center
Oct. 17; Vancouver, British Columbia; Orpheum Theater
Oct. 1819; Seattle, Wash.; Fifth Avenue Theater