Thursday, August 28, 2008

Tom Waits Tour Reveals His Quirks

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Tom Waits didn’t always have an ear for music.

That’s according to David Smay, Waits’ biographer, who says that when the gravel-voiced crooner was a teenager, he had “profound vertigo and was extremely sensitive to sound.”

Smay explains, “Even brushing his teeth sounded like a loud, unbearable grinding to him.”

On Saturday (Aug. 30), Smay will divulge this dirt and other wild stories to Tom Waits’ fans during a bus tour of Los Angeles called Crawling Down Cahuenga: Tom Waits’ Los Angeles.

Along with his sound sensitivities, Smay will discuss the time Waits once accidentally picked up a transvestite at a bar, which lead to a very confusing night.

Smay also tells the tale of when the reclusive singer mysteriously published his home address on one of his albums, which lead to a bombardment of phone calls and visitors yelling at his window.

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