Tom WAITS – Live in Akron Ohio, August 13, 2006

Tom WAITS – Live in Akron Ohio, August 13, 2006
At (Civic Theatre)
Bootleg.

Blues

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
LOS ANGELES, CA — July 05, 2006 — 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.”
In other news, Paste magazine has just issued its collector’s edition citing the “100 Best Living Songwriters,” with Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan (longtime co-writer, co-producer and wife) clocking in at #4. According to Paste, “In literature, only a handful of writers have pulled off the near impossible. In music, it happens on every Tom Waits recording.”
Look for local ads in the regional papers for on sale dates. The first show in Atlanta goes on sale July 8.
Tour dates are as follows:

DATE            CITY/STATE         VENUE
Tues, Aug 1     Atlanta, GA        Tabernacle
Wed, Aug 2      Asheville, NC      Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
Fri, Aug 4      Memphis, TN        Orpheum Theatre
Sat, Aug 5      Nashville, TN      Ryman Auditorium
Mon, Aug 7      Louisville, KY     Palace Theatre
Wed, Aug 9      Chicago, IL        Auditorium Theatre
Fri, Aug 11     Detroit, MI        Opera House
Sun, Aug 13     Akron, OH          Akron Civic *******
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The Akron Civic Theatre looks like a small-town movie theater from the street, but looks are deceiving. That’s just the façade for the long entrance, which leads back to a beautiful and fairly large auditorium set back from the street. It’s ornate to the extreme, a little reminiscent of Chicago’s Music Box Theatre, though it has considerably more glitter. “Before it was a theater, it was a barbershop,” Waits said.

Waits’ set list at this concert was a combination of his repertoire from the last two concerts I’d seen, with just one new addition, “Clap Hands.”
He said he’d visited the Goodyear blimp factory because blimps had always appeared in the sky during major moments of his life. “The first time I robbed a gas station, a blimp went by. The first time I killed an endangered species, a blimp went by.” And he said he was staying at the Taft Hotel. He recommended staying at hotels named after presidents – but not at hotels named “Hotel President.” (Actually, I wonder if Waits was really staying at the Ritz-Carlton in Cleveland, since I happened to see Robillard walking into that hotel the night before.)
Waits told the story again about Wiener Circle, saying it was a restaurant at the last city where he’d been (actually, it was a couple of cities ago).
Although the stage had the same stack of megaphones, Waits never used them in Detroit or Akron.
Although Waits had scheduled another late-night concert the same night at the House of Blues in Cleveland (which I did not get a ticket for), he did not especially seem to be in a hurry to leave Akron, playing a concert of the same length as the Chicago and Detroit shows.
As I had suspected, the House of Blues show that I missed turned out to be the slightly more unusual one of the night, including 11 songs that I hadn’t heard in the previous three concerts. But I’m happy to report that I witnessed three excellent performances by this musical legend.
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I am glad that I got to hear Tom Waits sing live. His voice was by far the best part of the show, and he’s quite a performer. The sound at the venue left a lot to be desired. The band was good but not quite as tight and as sharp as I would have hoped. Though I will say his kid has improved quite a bit as a drummer. Larry Taylor, of course, is an amazing bassist and a Waits mainstay. The guitarist and keyboardist were new I think to the whole Waits thing and didn’t quite have the odd angles down yet. The set was good: “Tango Til They’re Sore” and “Singapore” were highlights. He kept the banter to a minimum, but what there was was quite amusing.
By Randall Brown.
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Tom Waits-Vocals, guitar, piano
Ben Thompson-Vibes, keyboards
Larry Taylor-Bass
Duke Robillard-Guitar
Casey Waits-Drums, percussion
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01. Make It Rain
02. Shore Leave
03. Falling Down
04. Tango Until They Are Sore
05. Tom Traubert’s Blues
06. Eyeball Kid
07. Murder in the Red Barn
08. Trampled Rose
09. Bottom of the World
10. Till the Money Runs Out
11. Get Behind De Mule
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2 Responses to “Tom WAITS – Live in Akron Ohio, August 13, 2006”

  1. Good morning, Monk.
    suppose it’s good afternoon at your place by now. 8<)

    Dave

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