Tom Waits made his last-ever appearance on US TV’s The Late Show With David Letterman on Thursday (May 14).
The programme is due to come to an end on May 20 as host Letterman retires. The singer has appeared on The Late Show 10 times previously, making his debut on the show back in December 1983.
Waits performed a new track entitled ‘Take One Last Look’ on last night’s episode, footage of which you can view below. The singer released his 17th album, ‘Bad As Me’, in October 2011. It’s not yet known whether or not this new song will feature on an upcoming release.
Waits was also interviewed on the show, with actor George Clooney gatecrashing the interview. Waits discussed becoming more politically active, witnessing New Yorkers queuing for salad, designing his own anti-persperant with the scent of a new car and fearing that host Letterman had an ejection button underneath his desk.
Meanwhile, a Kickstarter campaign was recently launched to raise the funds for a Tom Waits ‘illustrated scrapbook’.
The book will document the making of the 1979 ‘Tom Waits For No One’ short film. The film was animated by John Lamb using rotoscoping, it has been labelled as one of the first music videos of its kind. It will also feature 160 pages of “animation cels, rotoscope drawings, character studies and backgrounds… documenting the artwork and inspiration behind Tom Waits For No One”.
‘Tom Waits For No One: The Illustrated Scrapbook’ will be limited to 250 copies.