Tom Waits Announces Rare Summer Tour

Tom Waits announced a summer tour early this morning (May 5) via his Web site, Dubbed the “Glitter And Doom” tour, the outing will include 13 shows and is set to kick off June 17 in Phoenix.

Waits appeared via streaming video in what first appeared to be highlights from a press conference. It was later revealed to viewers that Waits was talking to an empty room, with staged audience questions being broadcast by a record player amid rows of empty chairs.

His “press conference” did not indicate who will be accompanying him in his backing band, or if this will be a solo affair, but Waits did offer up the acronym “PEHDTSCKJMBA” as the “guiding word” for this summer’s tour.

Taking the first initial from each city, Waits explained that the "pretty profound" acronym stands for “People Envy Happiness, Dogs Though, Sense Courage Knowing Jubilation Means Better Assets.”

Waits last toured in 2006, playing eight dates primarily in the Midwest. This time, he’ll mostly hit southern markets. It was also hinted that European dates are in the works, as well.

Here are Tom Waits tour dates:

June 17-18: Phoenix, Ariz. (Orpheum)
June 20: El Paso, Texas (Plaza Theatre)
June 22: Houston (Jones Hall)
June 23: Dallas (Palladium)
June 25: Tulsa, Ok. (Brady Theatre)
June 26: St. Louis (Fox Theatre)
June 28: Columbus, Ohio (Ohio Theatre)
June 29: Knoxville, Tenn. (Civic Theatre)
July 1: Jacksonville, Fla. (Moran Theatre)
July 2: Mobile, Ala. (Saenger Theatre)
July 3: Birmingham, Ala. (Alabama Theatre)
July 5: Atlanta (Fox Theatre)

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