The star hasn’t played in the UK since 1987…

Tom Waits is planning to come to the UK for a gig for the first time since 1987.

NME.COM has learned that Tom Waits, who last appeared in the UK at the London Hammersmith Odeon in November 1987, will come back to the UK towards the end of the year following the release of his new album ‘Real Gone’ on October 4.

A UK spokesperson couldn’t confirm the exact location of the show, but NME.COM understands the gig is likely to be announced at the start of September.

The legendary songwriter has abandoned the piano for the new record which features, according to Tom Waits, “cubist funk” and “vocal mouth percussion”.

Tom Waits said: “‘Real Gone’ is an electric pill box… a homogeneous concoction of mood elevators, mind liberators and downers, an alchemical universe of rattling chains, oscillating rhythms and nine-pound hammers.”

Amongst the musicians playing on the record are Canned Heat’s Larry Taylor and Primus bass player Les Claypool.

‘Real Gone’ was written and produced by Tom Waits with his wife and long-time collaborator Kathleen Brennan.

The ‘Real Gone’ tracklisting is:

‘Top of the Hill’

‘Hoist That Rag’

‘Sins of My Father’

‘Shake It’

‘Don’t Go Into That Barn’

‘How’s It Gonna End’

‘Metropolitan Glide’

‘Dead and Lovely’


‘Trampled Rose’

‘Green Grass’

‘Baby Gonna Leave Me’

‘Clang Boom Steam’

‘Make It Rain’

‘Day After Tomorrow’