Tom Waits Expands North American Tour

Balladeer adds six dates to ongoing trek.

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

Letterman."

The singer is touring behind his critically acclaimed 17th studio album,

Mule Variations, which features the sentimental single "Hold On"

(RealAudio

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. 19–21: Boston, Mass.; Orpheum Theater

Sept. 23–25, 27; New York, N.Y.; Beacon Theater

Oct. 12–13; Denver, Colo.; Paramount Theater

Oct. 15; Eugene, Ore.; Hult Center

Oct. 17; Vancouver, British Columbia; Orpheum Theater

Oct. 18–19; Seattle, Wash.; Fifth Avenue Theater