Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Letterman appearance on line

'Krup' has been so kind as to put Tom's appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman on line on his weblog.

18 comments:

blackrider23 said...

SWEET!
Ive mirrored this at www.tomwaitsfan.com
(im sure his site will be hammered soon)

Anonymous said...

AWESOME! too bad no wmv though, the IT guys at work suck for not letting me have Quicktime.

Pieter are you going to transcribe this interview?

I love the bit about, "... I invented a war,..."

-Rummy

Anonymous said...

THIS is why I love this bloody site! I missed the actual broadcast Tues. and was kinda down in the mouth because I figured I would never get to see the interview and we all know how good a Waits interview is. Thank God and drywall for Waits fans on the internet.
Billy Vidrine

Anonymous said...

I could not view the David Letterman show on tuesday night when first on. I was called in to work. However, I did ask a relative to tape it for me.

Well last night, Friday night I finally got to see it... and I was shocked. The interview itself was rather funny when he spoke of his children, but about the horses well that did not sound very interesting to me, however everyone is differennt.

Now the music, if you can call it that?
That was the most pathetic performance that I ever witnessed.
Is Tom ill? Does he suffer from a mucle, or nerve impairment? Also why is he forcing his voice up into a screeching level and call that singing?
He can do beautiful ballads, where one can hear the words being sung, and his beautiful, gravelly voice, but this new stuff is awful! I hope people think twice before thay rush out to buy this new CD! Someone should be honest enough to let this great artist know that he needs to re-think his artistry.
I actually feel sorry, and ashame of that interview he did.

To think I was ready to fly across Canada to see him perform in Vancouver. Thank goodness Ticketmaster had no tickets.
I've spent many dollars as is, on DVDs and CDs, that is adequate for me.
I'm looking forward to Leonard Cohen's new CD coming out Octber 25-26th. This artist has a similar voice, but you can hear the MUSIC!
Mr. Cohen turned 70 this past Setp., annd will not be touring....I only wish he would. Those would be tickets to die for!!

Anonymous said...

"Someone should be honest enough to let this great artist know that he needs to re-think his artistry."

Oh boy. I'm still laughing. Really.

Aberrant Templar said...

I don't think you'll find many people who agree with you on this site.
I rather enjoyed his performance, it's one of the things I like most about Tom. As he gets older he changes. Closing Time sounds different from Frank's Wild Years, which sounds different from Small Change, which sounds different from Blood Money, etc.
Leonard Cohen, as much as I like him, sounds the same on every album.

Son of Sinatra said...

well lets see, heres my take on tom waits.
he started out, wrote alot of great tunes in the loungey blues jazz singer type.....great stuff, all the same generally, played it for what it was worth, and it is generally believed on this and other waits sites he wore it out to a degree. wrote some phenominal songs,
obviously his style changed when he got hitched to kathleen, of which we as his fans should be greatful for because i think she showed him that he could make music that he thought nobody else could commercially enjoy, ( lucky day, innocent when you dream, etc etc...) she encouraged him to explore his musical ability.
then as age crept up on tom waits, and that graveley voice started turning to cement chunks in his throat, ( hes not sinatra...period) he worked with his resources, on his own terms....
well now hes what like 56 - 57....and that voice is get rougher and rougher with each day.....christ hes almost 60. so i just look at it like this, yeah i would love to relive Big Time all over again, but ive already got that memory, i want fresh ones, and tom waits is kind enough to put out records for us to either enjoy or dislike. well, i ve heard the new one, been listening to it for a week or so, it is definately rough around the edges, im sure that was the idea, and im sure he would love to write and record beautiful vocal numbers, like we are all use to and we've heard before, and now were hearing alot of folks, young song writers praising him as a modern day saint, (which alot of us know is true, but makes us a bit jealous , he's our hero, we've been saying it and beating waits' drum for years)
as for the interview on letterman, you really felt ashamed? wow. ok.
i think waits should really consider doing more film work, a few of the flicks hes done his performance has been great, his sensibilities with comedy are genuine and i think its the same with his music. he is genuine. that counts for alot. movies like down by law, the fishing with john episode with john lurie, great stuff.
i guess im just trying to get across that i think hes working with his voice the best he possibly can, and im glad he is. he doesnt have top im sure....one thing is for certain, if he felt his perfomance or his record was a sham and was not up to par as something he would buy, he wouldnt put it out....listen to the alice demos. then listen to alice 2002.
so give him credit for being genuine at least....i thought his performance on letterman was good, i like the blues explosion alot so it was kind of like getting extra presents on my birthday, and waits could shit in a can send it to me and tell me to fuck off and die, and i would think it was just grand. hes a hoot.

Anonymous said...

Gee Son of Sinatra you sure do not ask for much in life!

I however expect great things from a great artist!

Voila the difference!

For those who think that "60" is old, than "68" must be dead?

As for me I am 68 and proud of it.

Also yes Tom's wife has influenced his music, but when you work at ruining your voice by screaming so often then your voice changes permanently, still in 2002 his "Blood Money" album did come out with "Coney Island Baby", and the one I like best "All the World is Green"!
Also what about "Blind Love", and I could go on and on.
His music can really touch your heart! But this Letterman appearance was a shock.

I wish him well, I'll always love some of his music but will tell it like it.

As for the people who are willinng to pay the scalpers those foolish highway robbery prices... save your money, just re-watch the Letterman show, and buy the new album.
Maddie

Son of Sinatra said...

well, didnt mean you were old, sorry , i like old people, sometimes they smell funny though, i guess i dont expect much in life, ive already heard sinatra so what could compare?
ps.
sinatra never smelled funny.
as for scalpers and their insano $$$$ for tix.....ebay is evil.
for the us tour (if there is one)i hope they follow suit like the vancouver show with tix.

Anonymous said...

well what can one say "cribbing" well if monkeys can eventually type Shakespeare -horses will paint masters.
This is pure Tom Waits -observations on the odd ,normal and life in waitsworld make fascinating and entertaining listening . I thought he was fantastic.
New album is great -very punchy and raw - diamonds are hidden in the rough -I love " Sins of the Father"

Anonymous said...

Hello again son of S,

Yes I agree with you on scalpers... we the fans should refuse to buy those tickets a few times and then hope to stop that lousy system.
I'm all for people making a buck, but they only hurt the small guys, the fans. Ebay should also monitor those money grubbers!

Anyway, I hope you got your ticket for one of his shows?
Curious how many concerts have you been able to see?
Also what kinds of tickets were you able to buy?

For every other fan of Tom...great tomorrow is the big day... "Tom Waits Real Gone" goes on sale.

Best to all.

Maddie

Anonymous said...

October 5th, 2004

TV...... BRAVO..... at 9:00 PM they played the 1988 movie "Big Time" it was all TOM WAITS!

Well now I understand that Tom's appearance on the Letterman Show was just "standard stuff", thats what all his shows are like.
So for all the fans that know, knew this no wonder they thought that he was great!

Well at this point I'm glad I did not go thru hell and high water to get a ticket.... he is to far out for my taste, however I do like some of his music, and will keep enjoying it.
But to all who dig him, go for it and enjoy.

Maddie

pyro said...

from STG:

http://integratronweb.com/waits.html

Anonymous said...

I can not believe that people were shocked by thar performance, first off all i thought it was superb, second, i don`t see why this came as a shock, had it been "shake it" or "top of the hill" i would have been more understanding,(even though i liked them too), but "make it rain" i find, is classic waits. quite simply for the reason that he has made similar songs for almost 20 years. I felt it was related to "walking spanish" and many other songs from the Swordfishtrombones era. The kind of songs that puts you into a rythmic trance when you just have to throw your arms around and move your body in an epileptic fit. well, mayby thats just me, but i really loved "make it rain."

Anonymous said...

Letterman Appearance
If you watched carefully you could see his fingers were somewhat curled up and fatter indicating arthritis. This may explain his lack of guitar playing on new album. Only the live shows will explain. Hopefully he memorizes his new songs and does not rely on cheat sheets as per his last series of shows when he had them on his paino and back of guitar

Anonymous said...

Lack of guitar playing? He's credited with guitar on half a dozen songs...

OLRAINDOG said...

FIRST OFF, TOM'S PERFORMANCE ON LETTERMAN WAS NOTHING LESS THAN GREAT! HE HAD MORE ENERGY AND HIS VOCALS WERE STRONGER THAN HIS PREVIOUS LETTERMAN PERFORMANCE WHEN HE SANG "ALL THE WORLD IS GREEN". AS FOR THE NEGATIVE RESPONSES, ALL I CAN SAY IS YOU JUST DON'T GET IT AND PROBABLY NEVER DID. TOM'S COME ALONG WAY SINCE CLOSING TIME AND HAS ONLY GROWN AS AN ARTIST AND PERFORMER. I DO CALL "MAKE IT RAIN" MUSIC! IN FACT I REC. AND REPLAYED THAT PARTICULAR PEFORMANCE OVER AND OVER AGAIN! AND TO DISCOURAGE ANYONE FROM BUYING HIS CD BEFORE YOU HAVE EVEN LISTENED TO IT IS AN IGNORANT AND CLOSED-MINDED STATEMENT. IN THE FUTURE, DO US ALL A FAVOR AND WASTE YOUR TIME ON A DIFFERENT SITE.

AS FOR A LATER COMMENT ON TOM'S FINGERS AND LACK OF GUITAR PLAYING, HE IS DOUBLE JOINTED AND HAS BEEN CURLING HIS HANDS UP IN THAT FASHION SINCE HIS SEVENTIES PERFORMANCES! CHECK THE CREDITS ON THE CD AND YOU WILL SEE HOW MANY TRACKS TOM PLAYS GUITAR ON.

I FEEL REAL GONE IS TOM'S MOST AMBITIOUS RECORD SINCE FRANKS WILD YEARS AND OR RAIN DOGS. I LOVE IT, SOME MAY NOT BUT I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO BUY IT AND DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES. THERE IS SMOETHING FOR ALL FANS ON THIS ONE!

stefan said...

I couldn't have put it better.

my favorite : hoist that rag