A Day in Vienna
August 29, 2013 1:09 PM   Subscribe

Tom Waits - A Day in Vienna. "In 1978 or 1979 (we’ll get to that in a minute), Tom Waits was touring Europe. He had a concert in Vienna the day after a show in Amsterdam. He showed up in Vienna and was greeted by two young men named Rudi Dolezal and Hannes Rossacher, employees of ORF (Österreichischer Rundfunk, i.e. Austrian television) with the proposal of shooting an interview while he was in town. Waits countered with a better idea."
posted by homunculus (10 comments total) 52 users marked this as a favorite

Boy, I'm a sucker for every piece of open-ended footage with Waits in it. Thanks !
posted by nicolin at 1:43 PM on August 29, 2013 [2 favorites]

The story/joke beginning at 10:46 is just great!
posted by yoink at 3:16 PM on August 29, 2013 [1 favorite]

One night during dinner, the stereo playing 'RESPECT" or some such, my wife turned to me and said, "In my next life I want to be Aretha Franklin." My reply has become a touchstone at my house: "Honey, in our next lives we will ALL be Aretha Franklin."

In my next life I want to be Tom Waits.
posted by grimjeer at 4:16 PM on August 29, 2013 [2 favorites]

From the same era, also Tom Waits in Vienna.
posted by grounded at 5:55 PM on August 29, 2013

posted by cosmologinaut at 6:39 PM on August 29, 2013

That voice. The whole dressing room pacing seems designed to tie the cameraman in knots.
posted by arcticseal at 10:59 PM on August 29, 2013

I love Tom, but more and more as I age I can't take the young pretender. He's in character, putting on a show of being an affected creature. It would take years and years more pretending to make the dream come true.
posted by Meatbomb at 5:06 AM on August 30, 2013

"There's a concert hall in Vienna...." Off-topic, but I kinda want to hear Tom Waits cover "Take This Waltz"
posted by aka burlap at 10:48 AM on August 30, 2013

I worked security at one of his shows at the Wiltern while I was in college. He played piano during sound check, and a little girl came out to him. He got up, bowed to her and they began to dance on the stage. Was it his daughter? i dunno, but it was very sweet.
posted by flowerofhighrank at 10:54 PM on August 31, 2013 [1 favorite]

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