May 05, 2008

Step Right Up: Tom Waits Announces Tour

Tom Waits will hit the road this summer on what he’s billing as the Glitter and Doom Tour. In a “press conference” – which turned out to be Waits fielding questions (“What? I dated your mother?”) in an empty room with a scratchy record playing press conference chatter – he revealed the thirteen-date itinerary.

Beginning on June 17 in Phoenix, the tour will wind its way through Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri before heading to Ohio and, ultimately, the Southeast. Waits explained that the seemingly random route, when observed on a map, arcs to the shape of the constellation, Hydra. He didn’t explain why that is important to him, but whatever gets him out of the house is good-enough reason for his fans.

On the Orphans tour in 2006 – his last excursion, which comprised nine shows across the American South and Midwest – Waits dug deep into his catalog, dusting off such songs as “On The Nickel,” “Shore Leave,” and “Invitation To the Blues.” Tickets for that tour sold out within minutes and such will certainly be the case this time around as well.

Waits (or any associated media release) has yet to disclose details regarding on-sale dates and ticket prices. And while he confirmed that European dates would follow the American tour, specifics were unavailable at “press” time.

Dates and venues for Tom Waits’ Glitter and Doom Tour:

Phoenix, Arizona - Orpheum
Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Phoenix, Arizona - Orpheum
Wednesday, June 18, 2008

El Paso, Texas - Plaza Theatre
Friday, June 20, 2008

Houston, Texas - Jones Hall
Sunday, June 22, 2008

Dallas, Texas - Palladium
Monday, June 23, 2008

Tulsa, Oklahoma - Brady Theatre
Wednesday, June 25, 2008

St. Louis, Missouri - Fox Theatre
Thursday, June 26, 2008

Columbus, Ohio - Ohio Theatre
Saturday, June 28, 2008

Knoxville, Tennessee - Civic Theatre
Sunday, June 29, 2008

Jacksonville, Florida - Moran Theatre
Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Mobile, Alabama - Saenger Theatre
Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Birmingham, Alabama- Alabama Theatre
Thursday, July 3, 2008

Atlanta, Georgia - Fox Theatre
Saturday, July 5, 2008