Performances: 1996 - 2000


1996
DATE VENUE/ LOCATION VERIFICATION
Feb. 04, '96 Concert appearance for the first Don Hyde Benefit at the Paramount Theatre. Oakland/ USA. Hyde, a personal friend, and owner of the Raven Theatre in Healdsburg was accused of trading LSD. The benefit was to help Don Hyde pay for his legal defense. Tom Waits: vocals, piano, bullhorn.Joe Gore: guitar, banjo and 'everything with strings'. Greg Cohen: upright bass, electric bass. Ralph Carney: horns.Kenny Wollesen: percussion.Band introduced during 'Singapore'.Charlie Musselwhite (harp, harmonica) introduced before 'Heartattack and Vine' Concert poster and ticket as shown below. Recorded
Concert poster for the February 4th Paramount Theatre show. Poster artist: Stanley Mouse
Ticket for the February 4th Paramount Theatre show.
Feb. 16, '96 Concert appearance (short acoustic set) for: "John Huston Award For Artists' Rights Foundation" honoring Martin Scorcese at the Century Plaza Hotel. Los Angeles/ USA Recorded
Mar. 12, '96 Luther Burbank Center. Santa Rosa/ USA. John Prine concert. Bonnie Raitt and Tom Waits joined for the encores. Recorded. Backstage photo as shown below.
Backstage with John Prine and Bonnie Raitt. March 12, 1996. Credits: unknown
Aug. 11, '96 Concert appearance for the second Don Hyde Benefit at the Raven Theatre. Healdsburg/ USA. (Storming Heaven). At this time accusations against Hyde were already dropped, but there were still more bills to pay. Tom Waits: vocals, piano, bullhorn.Ralph Carney: saxophone, horns (introduced before 'Tango Till They're Sore').Charlie Sexton (guitar) and Charlie Musselwhite (harp, harmonica) introduced before 'Jesus Gonna be Here' Concert poster as shown below. Recorded
Poster by Stanley Mouse for the second Don Hyde benefit/ Storming Heaven
Handbill thanking the Waits Family
1997
DATE VENUE/ LOCATION VERIFICATION
Jun. 21, '97 Concert appearance for the "Allen Ginsberg Tribute" at UCLA's Wadsworth Theatre. Los Angeles/ USA. Tom Waits solo: vocals, piano. Performing the Jack Kerouac song: "On The Road/ Home I'll Never Be" Recorded
Picture from the June 21st Ginsberg Tribute. Photography: Chapman Baehler
1998
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Mar. 29, '98 Concert appearance for the benefit: "Not In Our Name: Dead Man Walking, The Concert" at the Shrine Auditorium. Los Angeles/ USA. The event was sponsored by: "The Hope House" and "Murder Victim's Families For Reconciliation". Supported by: Helen Prejean. Tom Waits: vocals, piano, bullhorn.Stephen Hodges: drums.Smokey Hormel: guitar, banjo.Larry Taylor: bass.Ralph Carney: saxes.Band introduced before 'Innocent When You Dream' Recorded
Waits at the Dead Man Walking benefit. Photography: unknown
Mar. 31, '98 Radio appearance for the final show for Chris Douridas' hosting of "Morning Becomes Eclectic". KCRW-FM,. Los Angeles/ USA. This show was heard over the internet at the KCRW web site Performs: Filipino Box Spring Hog, Fall Of Troy, I Can't Wait To Get Off Work. Recorded. Transcript.
1999
DATE VENUE/ LOCATION VERIFICATION
Mar. 20, '99 South by Southwest music conference (SXSW '99) "A late Evening With Tom Waits" at the Paramount Theatre. Austin/ USA. Tom Waits: vocals, piano, bullhorn.Smokey Hormel: guitar, banjo.Larry Taylor: bass.Stephen Hodges: drums.

Jay S. Jacobs (2000): "Waits's show was the event of the conference. It was one of the view live performances he'd given in over a decade and the first time he'd played Austin in over fifteen years. Tickets for it were like gold. Local fans, record execs, and journalists fought one another for them. Several people were caught trying to sneak in. Everyone knew it was going to be an amazing show. Taking the stage, Waits won over the crowd immediately, happily preaching to the converted. He played a strong and varied set, previewing the new album [Mule Variations] with "House Where Nobody Lives" and "Filipino Box Spring Hog," He threw in several tunes from his Island years and, to the delight of those assembled, dusted off the classic Elektra cuts "Tom Traubert's Blues" and "(Looking For) The Heart of Saturday Night." The band was smoking, and Waits was visibly enjoying his rapport with the crowd. It's sad that such an event had to end on a sour note. Waits was obviously shaken when a woman started heckling him from the crowd, calling him a sellout for allowing so many music-biz types to snatch up tickets, effectively shutting out his "real, " nonprofessional fans. While it's highly unlikely that Waits had decreed how the tickets would be divided up, the woman's words seemed to sting him nonetheless. It might have been because the heckler wasn't completely off base. The days of intimate gigs played in smoky little bars to audiences of twenty or so were long over for Waits. He could no longer lead the life of the troubadour who passes through town and has a drink with the patrons after the show. It was the classic irony of the entertainment business reasserting itself. the more successful you are at connecting with your audience, the more that audience swells, the more isolated you become from it." (Source: "Wild Years: The Music and Myth of Tom Waits". Jay S. Jacobs, 2000)

"The magic is so quickly followed by mayhem. The night after Tom Waits plays the Paramount Theatre, one of the all-time highlights of SXSW, his friend and sometime-promoter Don Hyde is savagely beaten by bouncers at La Zona Rosa. The bouncers were trying to clear out the crowd after Alejandro Escovedo's set, but when Hyde wants to go backstage to get his bag, there is some jostling, and push soon turns to punch, then to kicks in the side. Hyde suffers five broken ribs, a broken collarbone and a separated shoulder. Waits vows to never play Texas again and has stayed true to his word." (Source: "20 years of music and mayhem" by Michael Corcoran. Austin360.com)

Concert ticket as shown below. Recorded. Mentioned in: L.A. Weekly April 23-29, 1999, Dallas Observer May 6, 1999
Ticket for the March 20th Austin Paramount show (thanks to Stephanie Stone)
Apr. 01, '99 VH-1 recordings for the Storytellers' special. Burbank Airport. Los Angeles/ USA. With: Larry Taylor (upright bass), Smokey Hormel (guitar, banjo and percussion). The show aired May 23, 1999 Recorded. Video screenshot as shown below. Mentioned in: Los Angeles Times June 6, 1999
Waits at VH-1 Storytellers recordings

Start tour promoting Mule Variations
June 1999 - May 2000
(album released: April, 1999)
Tom Waits: vocals, piano, guitar, bullhorn.Larry Taylor: upright bass, guitar.Smokey Hormel: guitar, banjo, mandolin.Danny McGough: keyboards.Andrew Borger: drums, marimba, percussion

Jun. 09, '99 Paramount Theatre. Oakland/ USA. Premiere for the Mule Variations tour (w. Taylor, Borger, Hormel, McGough). Band introduced during 'Filipino Box Spring Hog' Concert poster as shown below. Recorded
Jun. 10, '99 Paramount Theatre. Oakland/ USA. Band introduced during 'Filipino Box Spring Hog' Concert poster as shown below. Recorded
Poster for the Paramount concerts: 9-10 June
Jun. 12, '99 Wiltern Theatre. Los Angeles/ USA. Band introduced during 'Filipino Box Spring Hog' Concert poster as shown below. Recorded. Mentioned in: Los Angeles Times June 6, 1999
Jun. 13, '99 Wiltern Theatre. Los Angeles/ USA. Band introduced before 'Come On Up To The House' Concert poster as shown below. Recorded
Jun. 14, '99 Wiltern Theatre. Los Angeles/ USA. Band introduced during 'Filipino Box Spring Hog' Concert poster as shown below. Recorded
Poster for the Wiltern concerts by poster artist: Randy Tuten
Jul. 13, '99 Cirkus. Stockholm/ Sweden. European premiere of the Mule Variations tour. Band introduced before 'Come On Up To The House' Concert ticket as shown below. Recorded
Ticket for the July 13th Cirkus show (thanks to Nils Andersson for donating scan)
Jul. 14, '99 Cirkus. Stockholm/ Sweden. Band introduced during 'Filipino Box Spring Hog' Recorded
Source: "Cirkus", Stockholm/ Sweden. Copied from: Tom Waits Miscellania. Kind permission: Gary Tausch. Date: July 13/14 1999. Credits: unknown
Jul. 16, '99 Metropol Theatre. Berlin/ Germany. Band introduced during 'Filipino Box Spring Hog' Recorded
Jul. 17, '99 Metropol Theatre. Berlin/ Germany. Band introduced during 'Filipino Box Spring Hog' Concert ticket as shown below. Recorded
Ticket for the July 17th Metropol Theatre show
Jul. 18, '99 Metropol Theatre. Berlin/ Germany. Band introduced during 'Filipino Box Spring Hog' Recorded
Poster for the July 18th Berlin show
Jul. 20, '99 Congres Centrum. The Hague/ The Netherlands. Band introduced during 'Filipino Box Spring Hog' Concert ticket as shown below. Recorded
Ticket for the Jul. 20 Congresgebouw show
Jul. 21, '99 Congres Centrum. The Hague/ The Netherlands. (Casey Waits guest appearance on drums for 'Big In Japan'). Band introduced during 'Filipino Box Spring Hog' Recorded
Source: picture from a concert at the "Congres Centrum" The Hague/ Holland. Date: "Congres Centrum" The Hague/ Holland, July 21 1999. Credits: photography by Radja Gios from Belgium. With kind permission of Radja Gios
Jul. 23, '99 Teatro Comunale. Florence (Firenze)/ Italy. Band introduced during 'Filipino Box Spring Hog' Recorded
Jul. 24, '99 Teatro Comunale., Florence (Firenze)/ Italy. Band introduced during 'Filipino Box Spring Hog' Recorded
Jul. 25, '99 Teatro Comunale. Florence (Firenze)/ Italy
Source: "Teatro Comunale", Florence (Firenze), Italy. Copied from "Gogo's Corner". Date: July 25, 1999. Credits: photography by: Lorenzo Bertocchini. Kind permission of: Lorenzo Bertocchini
Aug. 23, '99 Hummingbird Centre. Toronto/ Canada. Band introduced during 'Filipino Box Spring Hog' Recorded. Mentioned in: The Toronto Star August 19, 1999
Aug. 24, '99 Hummingbird Centre. Toronto/ Canada. Band introduced during 'Filipino Box Spring Hog' Recorded. Mentioned in Star Magazine. Ticket as shown below
Source: "Hummingbird Centre" Toronto. Star magazine. Date: 1999. Credits: unknown
Ticket for the August 24th show
Aug. 26, '99 Chicago Theatre. Chicago/ USA. Band introduced during 'Filipino Box Spring Hog' Recorded. Mentioned in: Metromix Chicago August 1999
Aug. 27, '99 Chicago Theatre. Chicago/ USA. Band introduced during 'Filipino Box Spring Hog' Recorded
Aug. 29, '99 State Theatre. Minneapolis/ USA. Band introduced during 'Filipino Box Spring Hog' Recorded
Aug. 30, '99 State Theatre. Minneapolis/ USA. Band introduced during 'Filipino Box Spring Hog' Recorded
Source: Tony Nelson Photography. Date: Minneapolis. August, 1999. Credits: Photography by Tony Nelson
Sep. 19 - 21, '99 Orpheum Theatre. Boston/ USA. Band introduced during 'Filipino Box Spring Hog' Recorded
Sep. 23 - 25, '99 Beacon Theatre. New York City/ USA. Band introduced during 'Filipino Box Spring Hog' Recorded
Ticket from the Sep. 24th Beacon show.
Sep. 27, '99 Beacon Theatre. New York City/ USA. Band introduced during 'Filipino Box Spring Hog' Recorded
Sep. 27, '99 While in New York for the Beacon concerts, Waits appears on the "CBS Late Show with David Letterman". New York/ USA. Performs: Chocolate Jesus Video screenshot as shown below. Recorded. Transcript
Video screenshot from the 1999 CBS "Late Show with David Letterman"
Oct. 12, '99 Paramount Theatre. Denver/ USA. Band introduced during 'Filipino Box Spring Hog' Recorded. Mentioned in: KBCO interview October 13 1999
Oct. 13, '99 Paramount Theatre. Denver/ USA. Band introduced during 'Fish In The Jailhouse' Recorded
Source: "Paramount Theatre" Denver. Date: October, 1999. Credits: photography by Django. With kind permission of Django
Oct. 13, '99 Radio appearance (interview) for "KBCO radio/ Studio-C with Bret Saunders". Boulder/ USA. Performs: Picture In A Frame, Fall Of Troy, Can't Wait To Get Off Work, Jesus Blood Never Failed Me. Recorded. Transcript.
Oct. 15, '99 Hult Center. Eugene/ USA Recorded. Ticket as shown below. Mentioned in: The Oregonian October 15, 1999
Ticket for the October 15th show
Oct. 17, '99 Orpheum Theatre. Vancouver/ Canada Recorded
Oct. 18, '99 5th Avenue Theatre. Seattle/ USA. Band introduced during 'I'll Shoot The Moon' Ticket as shown below. Recorded. Mentioned in Mountain Music Lounge October 19, 1999
Source: "Seattle Times". Date: 5th Avenue Theatre. Seattle/ Washington. October 18, 1999. Credits: photography by Betty Udesen
Ticket for the October 18th Seattle show
Oct. 19, '99 Interview for KMTT radio "The Mountain Music Lounge" Seattle/ USA. Performs: Hold On, Picture In A Frame The Mountain Music lounge. Transcript.
Oct. 19, '99 5th Avenue Theatre. Seattle/ USA. Band introduced during 'I'll Shoot The Moon' Recorded. Ticket as shown below
Ticket for the October 19th show
Oct. 30, '99 Annual Bridge School benefit (Neil Young's Charity) at the Shoreline Amphitheatre. Mountain View/ USA Recorded. Picture as shown below
Waits at the Bridge School Benefit. From the "San Francisco Chronicle". Photography by: Andy Kuno
2000
DATE VENUE/ LOCATION VERIFICATION
Mar. 15, '00 TV appearance for the "Tonight Show" with Jay Leno, NBC Studio 3"/ USA. Performs: House Where Nobody Lives Video screenshot as shown below. Recorded. Transcript.
TV screen shot from "The Late Show" w. Jay Leno . Credits: photography by Matt Garretson
May 26, '00 Sala Kongresowa. Warsaw/ Poland (as part of the TP S.A. Music & Film Festival).

Tom Waits (2002): "I appreciate having an audience: it's like kind of shocking sometimes. Like this group in Warsaw that wouldn't leave the theatre, and I was already back at the hotel getting ready for bed. They were just screaming and stomping and I was like, what do we do? Do we go back, you know, isn't the evening over? Or do we go back and play more? That was kind of an odd kind of moment, a tribute, I guess. They wanted to hang out and be in the place where it happened, that was cool." (Source: "Never one for the conventional" Inpress Magazine (Melbourne, Australia) by James Nicholas Joyce. May 1, 2002.)

Inpress Magazine May 1, 2002. Recorded. Ticket as shown below. Mentioned in: Inpress Magazine May 1, 2002
Ticket for the Sala Kongresowa. Warsaw show (thanks to Pierre-Yves David for donating scan)
Source: Gazeta.pl. Date: Sali Kongresowej, Warsaw/ Poland. May 26, 2000. Credits: photography unknown
May 29, '00 Le Grand Rex Theatre. Paris/ France. Band introduced during 'Rain Dogs' Concert tickets as shown below. Recorded
Ticket for the May 29th Rex Theatre show. Thanks to Lionel Molina for donating scan
Source: unknown. Date: Rex Theatre, Paris/ France. May 29, 2000. Credits: photography by Gary Lynch
May 30, '00 Le Grand Rex Theatre. Paris/ France. Band introduced during 'Rain Dogs' Concert tickets as shown below. Recorded
Tickets for the May 29th and May 30th Rex Theatre shows
May 31, '00 Le Grand Rex Theatre. Paris/ France Recorded

End tour promoting Mule Variations
June 1999 - May 2000


Further reading
Time Line 1996-2000
Pictures 1996-2000
For setlists, please refer to The Dutch Dogs Site