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GLITTER & DOOM @ 8 P.M. June 28, 2008. A NIGHT OF TOM WAITS

In having a ‘career’ in the “technical” aspects of “THE ARTS” sometimes I’ve been fortunate enough to make a “nice” paycheck AND work for an ARTIST who has such an influence of uniquenesses that I just overlook the trying days. After twenty some odd years I have now gotten to experience Mister TOM WAITS. The only person I’ve ever heard excuse obsessive behaviors by blaming his ever present PIANO…” The Piano has been drinkin’, the Piano has been drinkin’, but not ME!”… via his bourbon basso sifted through granite and pumice.

TOM WAITS, The bohemian bard of back alley balladry. The LAST BEATNIK of our times, a skewed Shakespeare slathering our ears and minds with the simple katanas of pure insight. YES, I DO like his STYLE! The “call” was to begin at eight a.m. when we began to unload the three tractor-trailers of GLITTER & DOOM at the OHIO THEATRE, (39 E. State St. /Columbus,Ohio), a perfect showcase for this night with its angels & Pan gold-leafed all over, waiting to hear the truths to be heard. Besides the requisit lights and sound the stage set up gave the affectianado the intimacy this night deserved. As for the simple, sharp lighting the upstage lightboxes needed a bit of “tweaking”, they were boxes that had opaque acrylic facings that were covered with black velvet-like material. The light escaped through random cutouts that some of the repair crew were comparing to Rorschachs. The MOST unique piece of the WAITS presentation was the raised circular stage that Tom had. A ‘kick-drum’ that was actuated via a pulley system that TOM really kicks like a skinny Lou Groza. Behind everyone is a tower of old assorted speaker horns that give us old folks the nostalgia of those raggedy systems in the types of clubs that supported the neighborhood’s cooler musicians.

The musical “footers” that provided Tom’s base of the night were: Vince Henry-Woodwinds& Harmonica, Casey Waits-‘DRUMS'(world-wide), Omar Torrez-Guitar/Banjo, Patrick Warren-Keyboards and Seth Ford- Young on Bass. Tom played the Guitar and Bullhorn. The HOUSE that WAITS built was Frank Lloyd Wright meets Jack Kerouac [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rF3YQ5WajJk&feature=related]. Here’s the evenings song list:

LUCINDA/ AIN’T GOIN DOWN, WAY DOWN IN THE HOLE, FALLING DOWN, ALL THE WORLD IS GREEN, CHOCOLATE JESUS, CEMETARY POLKA, SIN OF MY FATHER, 16 SHELLS, TRAMPLED ROSE, COLDCOLDGROUND/FANNIN ST., NOVEMBER, BLACK MARKET BABY, HOIST THAT RAG/ MAKE IT RAIN, LIE TO ME, MISERY’S THE RIVER (BAND SING), BIG IN JAPAN (BAND SING), DIRT IN THE GROUND, JESUS GONNA BE THERE. And the finale: MAKE IT RAIN.

This was an AMAZING night, and was worth it. Hey, it’s TOM WAITS! TWO encores.

The fantastic photo is by Houston,Texas lensman JAY LEE.

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  1. Glad to see my pic is getting some good use! The Tom Waits show here in Houston was phenomenal!

    I’ve got more pics and the Houston set list posted at my blog in the post Tom Waits Glitter And Doom – Houston


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