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
Tom Traubert’s Blues
Come On Up to the House
Watch some of Tom Waits’ performances:
‘Raised Right Hand’
‘Tom Traubert’s Blues’
‘Come On Up To The House’