Tom Waits last night (October 27) played his first show in five years as part of Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit.
On a bill which also included Queens Of The Stone Age, My Morning Jacket and CSNY, Waits played a 10-song set, marking his first onstage performance since he sang ‘Little Red Rooster’ alongside The Rolling Stones at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California in May of this year. Prior to that, Waits’ last headline show was at Dublin’s Phoenix Park in August 2008.
Waits played with Les Claypool on the upright bass and David Hidalgo on guitar and accordion. He performed classic tracks ‘Singapore’ and ‘Cemetery Polka’ from ‘Rain Dogs’ as well as ‘Tom Traubert’s Blues’, and a number of songs from his most recent album, 2011’s ‘Bad As Me’, including ‘Chicago’, ‘Last Leaf’ and ‘Raised Right Men’.
When the Bridge School show was announced via Facebook, Waits said in a statement: “I had every good intention to stay home and work on my JD Salinger Halloween mask, but when Neil told me yesterday he was serving burnt cow’s eyes on a flat tire and it’s all gluten free, I invited myself!”
Click above to watch footage of ‘Tom Traubert’s Blues’, where Waits tells the crowd that human birth control pills also work on gorillas, by way of introduction.
Arcade Fire performed on the first night (October 26) of the weekend event, during which they played a track with Neil Young. Introducing the track, singer Win Butler said he had a dream in which he wrote a new song and realised it sounded like a Neil Young song. Butler then declared that the song was called ‘I Dreamed A Neil Young Song’, before inviting the legendary singer, who curated the weekend of music onto the stage. Arcade Fire played a full acoustic set at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.
Tom Waits played:
‘Raised Right Men’
‘Talking at the Same Time’
‘Tom Traubert’s Blues’
‘Come On Up To The House’