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Tom Waits Summer 2006 Tour Dates

7/5/2006 10:19am EDT
Tom Waits
Iconoclast and reclusive touring artist Tom Waits is making an unprecedented move by taking his always unpredictably stunning live show on the road, mostly in cities (Atlanta, Memphis, Louisville, Nashville) where he hasn't been seen on stage since the mid-to-late '70s. As for Asheville, NC, Tom has never played a gig; he hasn't performed in Akron, OH or Detroit since the '80s. The most recent stop on this extraordinary tour is Chicago, where Waits played the Chicago Theater for three sold out nights on his "Mule Variations" tour in '99.

"We need to go to Tennessee to pick up some fire...

Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute To Cole Porter Re-release To Benefit AIDS Research & Relief

4/19/2006 11:05am EDT
Cole Porter
Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute To Cole Porter is an eclectic musical homage to the legendary songwriter benefiting AIDS research and relief. On April 25th Shout! Factory will release the videos from this successful benefit project on DVD for the first time, combined with a newly remastered CD in the same package. Red Hot + Blue brings together a diverse group of A-list artists including U2, The Neville Brothers, Sinead O'Conner, Tom Waits, David Byrne (who also directs one of the videos) and more to cover Cole Porter gems such as "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Too Darn Hot," "I Get A Kick Out ...

Tom Waits Sues Volkswagen-Audi; And Wins!

1/19/2006 12:49pm EST
Tom Waits
Tom Waits has won a landmark legal victory in Spain, establishing his moral rights in a case brought against car manufacturer Volkswagen-Audi (VAESA) and a Spanish production company for adapting one of Waits' songs and impersonating his voice in a television commercial.

It is the first time that such moral rights -- protecting the personality and reputation of writers and authors -- have been established in a Spanish court, acknowledging an artist's voice as his creative work. The judgement, rendered by the Appeal Court of Barcelona, also recognized that VAESA and the production comp...

Celebrity Birthdays, December 7

12/7/2005 3:02am EST
Aaron Carter
Happy Birthday to "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" actress Emily Browning (1988), teen singer Aaron Carter (1987), NFL loudmouth Terrell Owens (1973), "The Outsiders" actor C. Thomas Howell (1966), Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird (1956), singer/actor Tom Waits (1949), baseball hall-of-fame catcher Johnny Bench (1947), singer/songwriter Harry Chapin (1942; d. 1981), stage & screen actress Ellen Burstyn (1932), prolific actor Eli Wallach (1915), Pulitzer Prize-winning author Willa Cather (1873; d. 1947).

Medeski, Martin & Wood Bassist Finds Brotherly Love

12/1/2005 12:36pm EST
Medeski, Martin & Wood
After intermittent musical collaboration that dates back to their childhood, brothers Oliver and Chris Wood (Medeski Martin and Wood bassist) have created 'Ways Not To Lose' (due March 7 on Blue Note Records), a stunningly spare and raw debut album of original songs.

The saying that artists have their entire lives to make a debut album has never been more true than with The Wood Brothers. Growing up in Boulder, CO, Oliver and Chris were encouraged to play music from an early age by their father Bill Wood, an alumnus of the storied Cambridge, MA folk scene of the late 1950s. Oliver reca...