Tom Waits indlemmet i Rock N Roll Hall of Fame

16. marts 2011

“Thanks, everybody, this is very encouraging. Songs are really just interesting things to do with the air. I was fifteen when I snuck in to a club to see Lightning Hopkins. I wore an overcoat, put white-out in my hair, drew on a mustache and said in a deep voice, “One ticket please.” I saw Lightning walk through a door in the back room that said, ‘Keep Out!! This Room for ENTERTAINERS ONLY.’ At the moment, I realized I wanted to get into show business as soon as possible.” (fra Waits takketale i mandags)

Efter Waits optræden replicerede Elton John: “Hvis Jackson Pollack kunne synge, så ville han lyde som Tom Waits”. Så kan man jo fundere over, om det er en kompliment eller måske det modsatte…

Også Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Darlene Love, Leon Russell og Dr. John blev udødeliggjort.

Lightnin Hopkins – Baby Please don’t go

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