THE ONE AND ONLY TOM WAITS TO HIT THE ROAD IN AN UNPRECEDENTED STRING OF DATES IN THE SOUTH AND MID-WEST THROUGH CITIES HE HASN’T PLAYED IN DECADES BEGINNING AUGUST 1 IN ATLANTA
Iconoclast and reclusive touring artist TOM WAITS is making an unprecedented move by taking his always unpredictably stunning live show on the road, mostly in cities (Atlanta, Memphis, Louisville, Nashville) where he hasn’t been seen on stage since the mid-to-late ‘70s. As for Asheville, NC, Tom has never played a gig; he hasn’t performed in Akron, OH or Detroit since the ‘80s. The most recent stop on this extraordinary tour is Chicago, where Waits played the Chicago Theater for three sold out nights on his “Mule Variations” tour in ‘99.
“We need to go to Tennessee to pick up some fireworks, and someone owes me money in Kentucky,” says Waits about why he’s chosen this particular time and route to tour.
When this two-time Grammy-winner last performed live in 2004, tickets sold out in hours, if not minutes. His most recent live date in London sold out in 30 minutes, with over 150,000 ticket requests received within the first hour. Waits’ three previous North American concerts (two in Vancouver, Canada and one in Seattle) were also snapped up in record time.
“His concert was a nostalgic trip through freak shows, murder ballads, and ruminations on lost love,” wrote Charles R. Cross in Rolling Stone after 2004 performance at Seattle’s Paramount Theater. “He didn’t so much sing these songs as he wheezed, whistled, and shouted them, shaking his fist like a craps player on a roll. Mining his recent Real Gone…Waits created a world of haunting characters adrift in a bygone age.”
Tickets will be available online through Livenation.com or by phone in Louisville at 502-361-3100 and in Lexington at 859-281-6644. There will be no outlet or venue box office sales for this event. Two ticket limit per person will be strictly enforced. All tickets will be available for pick up at the venue beginning at 6pm night of show only, and will require purchaser to provide both a photo id and the credit card used to purchase the ticket; your guest must accompany you at time of pick-up. No exceptions. No re-entry.