Tom Waits awarded key to Texas city

'This is a first,' says legendary singer

Tom Waits
Tom Waits was awarded an official key to the city of El Paso, Texas yesterday (June 25).

The legendary singer was not expecting the honour when a uniformed officer walked onstage at El Paso's Plaza Theatre, where he was performing.

"I paid all those tickets," Waits quipped when he saw the officer, adding: "She was dead when I got there."

El Paso councilwoman Susie Boyd then came onto the stage and handed Waits a plaque, which held a key to the city.

Waits, visibly moved, said,: "This is a first for me, a real first."

Waits will continue his Gloom And Doom Tour playing shows throughout the midwest before heading to Europe for a string of summer dates.

--By our Los Angeles staff.
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