Friday, June 27, 2008

Glitter and Doom

I'm so glad I decided to spend the money to see Tom Waits' Glitter and Doom Tour show last night. I'm lucky St. Louis was one of the few towns to be a stop on the tour. We're the "S" in "PEHDTSCHJMBA"--the acronym of all the cities Tom is stopping at on this rare tour.

I have been sort of a mediocre fan of Waits in the past. I think I like him, I've gone to the trouble to acquire the majority of his albums, but I can't name the songs I like best and I don't know much about his history as an artist since my interest is all pretty recent. So I didn't expect such a theatrical experience. I suppose I thought he'd sit at an upright piano and just growl his songs away one after another just as I imagined he'd spent the early years of his career.

Instead he stood front and center on a round podium for most of the show and gave his band tricky stage cues that they followed perfectly. He was like a circus ringleader, surrounded by crazy props. The wooden riser he was on would puff dust whenever he stomped on it creating a smoke machine effect that flowed around his band. The show was an Experience with a capital "E." I'm a full-fledged fan now.

And so I can focus on my listening in the future and explore my expanded fan-dom, here is the set list:

Hoist That Rag
Come On Up to the House
Jesus Gonna Be Here
Black Market Baby
Rain Dogs
Trampled Rose
Goin’ Out West
Murder in the Red Barn
Anywhere I Lay My Head
Cemetery Polka
Get Behind the Mule
Eyeball Kid
Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis [TW on piano]
Picture in a Frame [TW on piano]
Invitation to the Blues [TW on piano]
Innocent When You Dream [TW on piano]
Lie To Me
Chocolate Jesus
Make It Rain

and the encore:
Way Down in the Hole
God’s Away On Business

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

Yes, thanks Beth for taking us to this awesome concert. Harking back to your earlier post on how visceral music is, I have to say that I felt a lot of emotions during this show. I didn't always understand the words literally, but I FELT the words. His music doesn't seem that complicated, but it is perfect at bringing emotions to the front. Including some I would frankly prefer feeling in private rather than surrounded by several thousand other people.

Also his woodwinds and guitar players were fantastic.