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Thomas Alan "Tom" Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer and actor. Waits has a distinctive voice, described by critic Daniel Durchholz as sounding "like it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car." With this trademark growl, his incorporation of pre-rock music styles such as blues, jazz, and vaudeville, and experimental tendencies verging on industrial music, Waits has built up a distinctive musical persona. He has worked as a composer for movies and musical plays and as a supporting actor in films, including Down By Law and Bram Stoker's Dracula. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his soundtrack work on One from the Heart.
March 15, 2011
Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond and Tom Waits were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in New York last night (March 14). The ceremony, hosted by Paul Simon, took place at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York and included guests Bruce Springsteen, John Legend, Michael Douglas and Michael J. Fox. Read more
September 3, 2008
Tom Waits has become the first recording artist to sign up for Ticketmaster’s paperless ticketing for his upcoming tour. Using this system is thought to be a new way to eliminate the reselling of tickets from scalpers for above face value. Read more
May 6, 2008
Tom Waits has announced details of a thirteen date US tour, which will begin in Phoenix on June 17th. Details about what Waits dubbed the Pehdtsckjmba tour, were unveiled during a fake press conference on the singer’s website last weekend. Read more
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