Tom Waits Bridge School Triumph


Rolling Stone magazine reports that Tom Wait’s set on Saturday night at the Bridge School Benefit was the day’s highlight. Other acts to perform included My Morning Jacket, who performed the Velvet Underground’s ‘Oh! Sweet Nuthin” as a tribute to Lou Reed.

On a very cold evening, with long food lines and long gaps between sets, Waits appeared for his full first show in five years and delivered a 10-song set list with a band that included Les Claypool on standup bass and David Hidalgo on guitar and accordion.

“I volunteered to come here,” said Waits, halfway through his set. “Long story. Back in the 1970s I borrowed a lot of money from Neil. For me, it was the days of long hair and short money. He loaned it to me so I could start a restaurant. I lost a lot of money on that restaurant. Let me rephrase that, I lost a lot of Neil’s money. And you don’t wanna see Neil mad. Anyway, it was a small, little restaurant, sort of a specialized place. We were gonna have eel and donuts and fish scales, just fish scales, sauteed and all gluten free. But it went under, so Neil said, ‘Listen, you owe me a lot of money, so I have three ideas for you: Jail time or you can come work in my yard, or you can do the Bridge School.'”

Tom Waits Set list:

Raised Right Hand
Talking at the Same Time
Lucky Day
Tom Traubert’s Blues
Last Leaf
Cemetery Polka
Come On Up to the House

Watch some of Tom Waits’ performances:

‘Raised Right Hand’


‘Lucky Day’

‘Tom Traubert’s Blues’


‘Last Leaf’

‘Cemetery Polka’

‘Come On Up To The House’

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM ( in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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