by Brendan Strong
>Tom Waits announces US tour, promises European tour to follow… It’s written in the stars, we are told.
As the stars told the wise men of Christ’s birth, as they tell millions (maybe billions?) of commuters about their lives, so they tell us of the coming of Tom. Waits for news are over. The moon is rising. Damp brows everywhere are wiped. Clean the credit cards, for they will be needed to book. Tickets won’t be cheap, and if London, 2005 is anything to go by, they’ll be gone. In a second. Chances are, no sentence can encapsulate the feelings of fans around the world, so I won’t try to.
At a press conference, which appears to have been held in a rented school room, Tom Waits lays out the good word about his tour. You can see the video here.
More news is always available from the ever reliable Eyeball Kid, perhaps the best source of all Tom Waits ephemera on the web.
And, should you want more ‘official’ updates, there’s always the ANTI blog, which includes updates on all their artistes here (also good for streaming audio from ANTI artists, including Nick Cave, Jolie Holland, Neko Case, Billy Bragg…).
Set your mouse pointers to the Buy Tickets button!
A word of advice…
In an attempt to reduce touting, there may be bizarre rules in relation to ticket purchases. The US gigs are using a paperless ticketing system: book online, print out a confirmation that you bring along on the night (no ticket is sent to you!), along with a form of Government ID and the original credit card used to book.
There’s a limit to two tickets per card, and both those people have to show up together. Touting is a pain in the arse, and has to be stopped, but surely there’s an easier way than this?? The whole system sounds like something devised by a character living in a basement in a Tom Waits song… or is that exactly what we’re meant to think?