Read Tom Waits' Poetic Tribute to Merle Haggard

April 19, 2016

Growing up around San Diego, California, Tom Waits was drawn to the far-away sounds of the Delta blues, Motown, Bob Dylan and Frank Sinatra. But another artist from closer to home also made a mark on the singer-songwriter: Merle Haggard, who passed away...


Hear David Bowie Imitate Springsteen, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed

January 21, 2016

David Bowie impersonated a number of his peers, including Bruce Springsteen, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Tom Waits and Anthony Newley, on a newly unearthed 1985 outtake recorded around the time of his single "Absolute Beginners." For each version of the track,...



Tom Waits Talks Stonehenge Moles in Animated Interview

September 29, 2015

Tom Waits gave a wide-ranging, bizarre interview around the release of his 1988 album Big Time, and now PBS has animated it as part of its imaginative Blank on Blank series. Topics in the chat included the singer-songwriter's habit of laughing...


A Likely Story: Tom Waits' Original Poem to Keith Richards

August 13, 2015

Keith Richards has played and sung on several of Tom Waits' albums, from 1985's Rain Dogs to 2011's Bad as Me. "He's a one-off lovely guy and one of the most original writers," Richards has said. For Rolling Stone's special issue, Keith Richards:...


Flashback: Tom Waits Sings 'Jersey Girl' With Springsteen

August 18, 2015

It's no small irony that "Jersey Girl," one of Bruce Springsteen's most famous songs about New Jersey, was actually written by Tom Waits. It appeared on his 1980 LP, Heartattack and Vine, inspired by his wife Kathleen Brennan. With reference...


Watch Tom Waits Perform Letterman Ode 'Take One Last Look'

May 15, 2015

UPDATE: Bob Dylan will make a rare late night TV appearance – and his first Letterman musical guest spot in 22 years – when he performs on the May 19th penultimate episode of Late Show With David Letterman. Dylan last...



Is Ticketmaster's New Resale Program Helping or Hurting Fans?

May 27, 2014

After years of trying to compete with StubHub, eBay and other companies in the multibillion-dollar ticket-scalping market, Ticketmaster has boosted its new TM+ resale program to the point that 90 percent of the company's events are sold in that manner....



Tom Waits Steals the Bridge School Benefit

October 28, 2013

The crowd was a little restless by the time Tom Waits took the stage at the second night of the Bridge School Benefit. Temperatures were frigid throughout the entire day, but the winds picked up after the sun went down, leaving many folks shivering under...


50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now

July 31, 2013

Who rules the road in 2013? To find out, Rolling Stone asked a panel of writers, industry figures and artists – from Lars Ulrich of Metallica to Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes – to vote on their favorite live performers right now. To be...


Jagger and Swift Sing 'As Tears Go By'

June 4, 2013

Last night in Chicago, the Rolling Stones slowed it down for a special performance of one of the earliest Jagger/Richards compositions, "As Tears Go By." Jagger noted the band hadn't performed the cut in a while, and they were going to do it with...


Q&A: Bad Religion's Brett Gurewitz on Punk-Rock Ethos and Meeting Elton John

January 21, 2013

Southern California punk heroes Bad Religion have long matched the ferociousness of their riffs with lyrical profundity. On their sixteenth album, True North, out tomorrow, the band steamrolls through 16 songs in an economical 35 minutes and covers such...


Arcade Fire Headed to 'Colbert Report'

October 17, 2013

Indie-rock giants Arcade Fire will appear on The Colbert Report this Monday, October 21st, a representative for Comedy Central confirmed to Rolling Stone. The group will be promoting its upcoming fourth LP Reflektor and will perform as...


Rolling Stones Tap Brad Paisley for Philadelphia Show

June 13, 2013

Country star Brad Paisley will take the stage with the Rolling Stones on June 18th for the first of their two shows at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Inside 'Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction' The Stones made the announcement yesterday...


Tom Waits Joins the Rolling Stones Onstage

May 6, 2013

The Rolling Stones had hinted at the possibility of a few surprises on their "50 and Counting" tour, and they produced one last night when Tom Waits joined them onstage to sing "Little Red Rooster" at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The...


Tom Waits, Keith Richards Do 'Shenandoah'

January 11, 2013

Who better to team up on an old seafarer's favorite than Tom Waits and Keith Richards, who recorded a version of "Shenandoah" for the upcoming compilation Son of Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys, which Anti- is set to...



Tom Waits to Appear on 'The Simpsons'

August 26, 2012

Tom Waits is set to make a guest appearance this fall on an episode of The Simpsons, TV Line reports. The gravel-voiced singer will play himself as a survivalist who introduces Homer Simpson to a community of "preppers" preparing to live off the grid...


Video: Tom Waits, 'Hell Broke Luce'

August 7, 2012

What a build-up: Tom Waits has spent the past week dropping hints about an announcement he had planned for today, and the Web was thick with speculation: Could it be a tour? New music? A concert cruise? Nope. Turns out it was the release...


Tom Waits Plays 'Raised Right Men'

July 11, 2012

Tom Waits stopped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night to play "Raised Right Men," a cut from his 2011 album Bad As Me. It's only the second time Waits has played material off the album live, following a performance Monday on the Late Show With...


British Pop Star Paloma Faith on Conquering America, 'Dating' Tom Waits

August 10, 2012

Like so many of her countrymen before her, the British pop singer Paloma Faith is determined to conquer America. However, like fewer of them, she arrives on our shores with a ringing endorsement from Satan. "I was the devil's girlfriend, which is the...


Tom Waits Teases Announcement With Mysterious 'Pirate' Photo

July 31, 2012

A very mysterious press release from Tom Waits landed in our inboxes this morning at exactly 10 a.m. The subject line reads: "Tom Waits: Permission to Come Aboard," and attached is a photo of the songwriter dressed as a pirate, complete with an eyepatch...