Tom Waits stamps out the touts

Tickets bought online will not be accepted

Tom Waits is attempting to stamp out the touts.

Punters who have bought tickets for his up coming US shows through online auction sites will not be allowed into the gigs.

All eight dates of his tour, his first in the US for seven years, sold out immediately, leading to many tickets being sold on online and through ticket brokers. However, all these tickets are assumed to be fraudulent and many may be counterfeit.

Waits along with the venues, management, label and promoters are attempting to stop ticket touting and get the face value tickets to his fans.

Tickets for the singer/songwriter’s shows must be obtained from the venue on the night of the performance. Only the original buyer will be allowed to pick up the ticket and show a valid photo ID as well as the credit card information used to buy the ticket, Paste reports.

The dates are as follows:

Atlanta Tabernacle (August 1)

Asheville Thomas Wolfe Auditorium (2)

Memphis Orpheum Theatre (4)

Nashville Ryman Auditorium (5)

Louisville Palace Theatre (7)

Chicago Auditorium Theatre (9)

Detroit Opera House (11)

Akron Civic Theatre (13)

As previously reported by NME.COM, Waits is to feature in two films released in 2007. He stars in ‘The Good Heart’ and ‘Texas Lullaby’.