TOM WAITS has earned his 6th Grammy nomination in his prolific and distinguished career. This time it’s in the “Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance” category for “Metropolitan Glide,” from his highly acclaimed new album, Real Gone. (The single was released in time for this year’s eligibility; the album was released after the cut off date and will be admissible next year.) Waits has previously won Grammy Awards for “Best Contemporary Folk Album” for Mule Variations in 2000, and “Best Alternative Album” for Bone Machine in 1993.
Most recently, WAITS caused quite a stir in London, where he performed on November 23 for the first time in 17 years. According to The London Times reported: “…the audience left seduced and spellbound,” while The Daily Telegraph noted: “You left feeling that, on this particular night, no one on earth had been listening to better music,” and The Evening Standard declared: “One of the great concerts of the era: it was a privilege to have witnessed it.” Elsewhere, the Guardian: “…he is almost overburdened with charisma onstage, capable of shifting the evening’s mood with a gesture or a look…the end result is about as compelling a live show you could ever wish to see. In 2004, you can hear and see the influence of Tom Waits everywhere in rock music, but his influence also seems to have permeated Hollywood. It’s not wild conjecture to suggest that both Quentin Tarantino and the Coen Brothers are conversant with his lavishly twisted storytelling and cast of lovably grotesque characters. And yet, on the evidences of tonight’s gig, there is genuinely no one like him.”