Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Late Night With Tom Waits

POST UPDATED 9-13-14: I just noticed that the original Youtube video links were yanked by the copyright police. Hope the ones I replaced them with last longer.

Tom Waits made the rounds on late night tv this week, yacking it up with David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon and playing some songs from his excellent Bad as Me album. In case you missed it on the tube (like I did  ), enjoy both appearances through the magic of the internet. (thanks to my Washington correspondent Chuck for alerting me to the Letterman appearance.)

The band on both shows is an impressive collection of musicians. There's long time bassist Larry Taylor (original Canned Heat), guitarist David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), keyboardist Augie Myers (Sir Douglas Quintet) and guitarist Big Bill Morganfield, whose dad was none other than Muddy Waters. The drummer is Casey Waits, whose dad is none other than Tom Waits.

Here's the song "Chicago" performed on Letterman:

Here's the song "Raised Right Men" on Fallon

This reminds me of the first time I saw Waits on tv about 35 years ago.

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