Story: Jack Foley
TOM Waits plays at London’s Hammersmith Apollo, on Tuesday,
November 23, 2004 - the singer’s first UK concert since
his appearances at the same theatre in November 1987.
The London show is part of an eight-date European tour that follows
the release of Waits’ Real Gone album on Monday, October
Tickets for the Apollo concert go on sale on Friday, September
10, and are available from the Ticket Hotline, on 0870 606 3400,
as well as Stargreen (020 7734 8932) and usual agencies. Prices
will be subject to credit card and booking fees.
The tour - Waits’ first in
Europe since 2000 - will also include shows in Germany, Belgium
and the Netherlands.
His new touring band features Marc Ribot (guitar), Larry Taylor
(bass) and Brain Mantia (drums), the same musicians who also appear
on Real Gone, which has been written and produced by Tom Waits
and Kathleen Brennan, his longtime collaborator.
The 15-track CD unveils Waits’ new musical hybrid, crafted
from primal blues, Jamaican rock-steady grooves, African and Latin
rhythms and melodies and what Waits calls 'cubist funk'.
The album is released on Anti Records.