Performances: 1970 - 1975


1970
DATE VENUE/ LOCATION VERIFICATION
Nov. 20, '70 The Heritage Coffeehouse. San Diego/ USA. With singers Marko and David. Opening for Michael Claire Tom Waits At The Heritage, by Bob Webb. Tom Waits Library. July, 2003. KL2005 (verified in San Diego Union)
Nov. 21, '70 The Heritage Coffeehouse. San Diego/ USA. With singers Marko and David. Opening for Michael Claire Tom Waits At The Heritage, by Bob Webb. Tom Waits Library. July, 2003. KL2005 (verified in San Diego Union)
Listing from the San Diego Union Sunday November 15, 1970 mentioning both Heritage shows. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
1971
DATE VENUE/ LOCATION VERIFICATION
Jan. 1, '71 The Heritage Coffeehouse. San Diego/ USA. Opening for Bob LaBeau and "Ostergren & Thomas" (Pami Ostergren and Bobi Thomas) Tom Waits At The Heritage, by Bob Webb. Tom Waits Library. July, 2003
Jan. 2, '71 The Heritage Coffeehouse. San Diego/ USA. Opening for Bob LaBeau and "Ostergren & Thomas" (Pami Ostergren and Bobi Thomas) Tom Waits At The Heritage, by Bob Webb. Tom Waits Library. July, 2003
Feb. 10, '71 The Heritage Coffeehouse. San Diego/ USA. Special program billed as the "Happy Birthday Mary and Full Moon Concert" Tom Waits At The Heritage, by Bob Webb. Tom Waits Library. July, 2003
Feb. 12, '71 The Heritage Coffeehouse. San Diego/ USA. Opening a weekend engagement for the banjo-player Brian Steeger Tom Waits At The Heritage, by Bob Webb. Tom Waits Library. July, 2003
Feb. 13, '71 The Heritage Coffeehouse. San Diego/ USA. Opening a weekend engagement for the banjo-player Brian Steeger Tom Waits At The Heritage, by Bob Webb. Tom Waits Library. July, 2003
Apr. 2, '71 The Heritage Coffeehouse. San Diego/ USA. Opening for Mary McCaslin Tom Waits At The Heritage, by Bob Webb. Tom Waits Library. July, 2003
Apr. 3, '71 The Heritage Coffeehouse. San Diego/ USA. Opening for Mary McCaslin Tom Waits At The Heritage, by Bob Webb. Tom Waits Library. July, 2003
May 21, '71 The Heritage Coffeehouse. San Diego/ USA. First time headlining with Bob LaBeau performing the opening set Tom Waits At The Heritage, by Bob Webb. Tom Waits Library. July, 2003
May 22, '71 The Heritage Coffeehouse. San Diego/ USA. First time headlining with Bob LaBeau performing the opening set Tom Waits At The Heritage, by Bob Webb. Tom Waits Library. July, 2003
Heritage handbill advertising Tom Waits's first featured-act performance. May 21-22, 1971
Aug. 4 -8, '71 In The Alley Folk Theatre. Escondido/ USA. Opening for Tim Buckley KL2005 (verified in the Daily Times-Advocate, 1971)
Ad from the Daily Times-Advocate mentioning the Alley Folk Theatre shows. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Dec. 31, '71 In The Alley Folk Theatre. Escondido/ USA Not verified
Unidentified shows 1971:
Date unknown (June - July 1971): The Troubadour. Los Angeles/ USA
Date unknown (1971): The White Whale. Bird Rock/ USA
Date unknown (1971): The Candy Company. San Diego/ USA
Date unknown (1971): The Bifrost Bridge. La Mesa/ USA
1972
DATE VENUE/ LOCATION VERIFICATION
Jun. 2 - 4, '72 In The Alley Folk Theatre. Escondido/ USA. Opening for The Floating House Band In The Alley flier provided by Phil Gross/ Dave Robinson. Tom Waits Library, 2003
In The Alley flier mentioning Tom Waits opening for The Floating House Band
1973
DATE VENUE/ LOCATION VERIFICATION
Start first tour promoting Closing Time
April 1973 - June 1973
(album released March, 1973).
Tom Waits: vocals, acoustic guitar, piano. Bob Webb: standup bass. Rich Phelps: trumpet. John Forsha: guitar
Apr. 2-7, '73 The Cellar Door. Washington, D.C./ USA. First stop on the first national tour. Opening for Tom Rush KL2005 (verified in the Washington Post, 1973)
Ad from the Washington Post April 2, 1973 mentioning the Cellar Door shows. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scans
Apr. 11, '73 Passim. Boston-Cambridge/ USA. Early show and late show. Opening for Danny O'Keefe. During their second stop on the first national tour in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Waits and Bob Webb took one day to travel to nearby Lowell, MA to try to locate the grave site of Jack Kerouac (Source: Ken Langford, 2005. Email conversation with Bob Webb. July 22, 2004) KL2005 (verified by a display ad in the Boston Phoenix, 1973). Mentioned in WMMR Radio, April 21, 1975.
Apr. 12-15, '73 Passim. Boston-Cambridge/ USA. Early show and late show. Opening for Danny O'Keefe KL2005 (verified by a display ad in the Boston Phoenix, 1973)
Ad from the Boston Phoenix mentioning the Passim shows. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Apr. 18, '73 Max's Kansas City. New York/ USA. Opening for Charlie Rich
Bob Webb (2007): "There was quite a hullabaloo around Rich's return to recording and performing. We were advised that high powered executives were coming around to hear Charlie, and some would be there to hear Tom too. We were all a little on edge on opening night!... The bar at Max's drew the strangest coterie I had ever seen. There were a lot of glit¬ter types, cross dressers, wannabe transsexuals well over six feet tall in stiletto heels the entire range of New York City underlife... Some suits did take Tom aside, but neither John [Forscha] nor Rich [Phelps] nor I was included in those conversations. As I recall, Herb Cohen caught up with us at Max's. When anyone from the industry wanted to meet with Tom they took him aside, and Herb did likewise." (Source: Bob Webb email interview June 29, 2007 as printed in “Lowside Of The Road: A Life Of Tom Waits" by Barney Hoskyns. Faber/ Broadway, 2009)
KL2005 (verified in the New York Times, and reviewed in Variety magazine, 1973)
Listing from The New York Times April 15, 1973 mentioning the April 18th show. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Apr. 19-23, '73 Max's Kansas City. New York/ USA. Opening for Charlie Rich KL2005 (verified in the New York Times, and reviewed in Variety magazine, 1973)
Apr. 26-29, '73 The Main Point. Bryn Mawr, PA/ USA KL2005 (Verified in an email from Bob Webb, and the Main Point archives. The listing in the Lancaster Independent Press shows Chris Smither from 4/26 > 29/73)
May 1-6, '73 The Great South East Music Hall & Emporium. Atlanta, Georgia/ USA. Opening for Buffalo Bob Smith of Howdy Doody fame KL2005 (verified in an email from Bob Webb, and in The Signal student newspaper at Georgia State University)
Ads from The Georgia State University Signal, May 3, 1973 promoting the May 1-6 shows.Tthanks to Ken Langford for donating scans
May, '73 Raven Gallery. South Field, MI/ USA (May 7 to 13, 1973. Dates not certain) KL2005 (suggested in an email from Bob Webb)
May 15-16, '73 Stanley Hotel. Estes Park, Colorado/ USA. "Tom and band made a special appearance in Estes Park, probably at the Stanley Hotel, for "record & media execs." (Source: Ken Langford, 2005) KL2005 (verified in an email from Bob Webb)
May 17-19, '73 Ebbett's Field. Denver, Colorado/ USA. Opening for Tim Weisberg & Rufus Krisp KL2005 (verified in The Denver Post. While the display ads do not list Tom, a review for Taj Mahal at Ebbetts Field does mention Tom as starting on Thursday)
May 29 - Jun. 3, '73 The Boarding House, San Francisco/ USA. Opening for John Hammond KL2005 (verified in the San Francisco Chronicle, 1973)
Ad from the San Francisco Chronicle mentioning the Boarding House shows. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan

End first tour promoting Closing Time
April 1973 - June 1973

Jul. 28 '73

Redlands Bowl: 25 Grant Street, Redlands/ USA.The Buffalo Nickel Jug Band & Arthur Lee Harper warmed up, and a $1 dollar donation was recommended.

Tom Waits (1973): "I haven't been doing too many gigs here in LA but I was out for 2 months on the road with a group on the East coast - did that, and I've been back about a month now, did a thing out in Redlands, not too many clubs around town though right now, still hoot at the Troubadour occasionally" (Source: Folkscene, 1973 (KPFK-FM). Radio interview by Howard Larman. August 12, 1973). The Redlands Daily Facts newspaper review was very favorable, although the reviewer noted that many in the crowd walked out on the performance. She states "...this person had something that made people hate him. It must be genius, I decided, and I have not changed my opinion since".

KL2009. The Redlands Daily Facts newspaper.
Sep. 21, '73 Radio appearance for "Folk scene with Howard and Roz Larman: KPFK-FM 90.7". Los Angeles/ USA. Date based on Bob Webb's records (also lists as Aug. 12, '73) Recorded. Transcript
Nov. 10, '73 Radio appearance for "KCRW Snap Sessions", Santa Monica/ USA TWM2004
Nov. 16, '73

Folk Arts Rare Records. San Diego/ USA. With Bob Webb

Carey Driscoll (2009): “It was a cramped little store with record racks. People were literally sitting underneath the tables because there were so many crammed into the place. I think he created a character for himself and then became that character, I wouldn’t even say it was a conscious creation of a character, more that every day you become a little further to the left of dead center and before you know it you've become the Tom Waits character that the public knows rather than the one that his classmates knew." (Source: Carey Driscoll interview May 30, 2007 as printed in “Lowside Of The Road: A Life Of Tom Waits" by Barney Hoskyns. Faber/ Broadway, 2009)

Recorded. KL2005 (verified in the San Diego Reader, 1973)
Nov. 17, '73

Folk Arts Rare Records. San Diego/ USA. With Bob Webb

"Folk Arts Rare Records was then located in Hillcrest at 3743 Fifth Avenue. "I still have a tape of the show," says owner Lou Curtiss. "He did our open-mike nights back when he was still at Hilltop High. In '73, he was a doorman at the Heritage, but when they closed, I started doing concerts at the store, and I asked him to do one of the first ones. We didn't have much space, so we were crammed to the rooftops. He was just starting to get real well known...Bob Webb, who owned the Heritage, played guitar, and Tom played guitar and piano." With only one album under his belt, Waits performed songs from his upcoming LP The Heart of Saturday Night, including "Shiver Me Timbers" and "San Diego Serenade." Admission was "no more than $4," and Waits was paid from the proceeds of around 150 ticket sales. "He got most of the money," says Curtiss. "We weren't getting rich off these things." Waits lived locally from 1959 until 1971." (Source: "Best San Diego Jams" by Jay Allen Sanford. San Diego Reader. October 4, 2007)

KL2005 (verified in the San Diego Reader, 1973). Folk Arts Rare Records archives.
Listing from the San Diego Reader (November 15 to November 21, 1973) mentioning the Folk Arts Rare Records shows. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan

Start second tour promoting Closing Time
November 1973 - December 1973
(opening for Frank Zappa).
Tom Waits: vocals, acoustic guitar, piano. Bob Webb: standup bass

Nov. 18, '73 University of Waterloo, Ontario/ Canada. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Very hostile crowd Not verified
Nov. 22, '73 Avery Fisher Hall: New York City, NY/ USA. This is the first gig Tom and Bob Webb played on the fall Zappa tour.

Bob Webb (2004): "On November 22 we flew from Buffalo to New York La Guardia, where we were met by a convoy of limousines that drove us downtown to the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, where we were given rooms. (Tom and I shared a room at most, if not all of these accommodations.) Tom and I didn't play Buffalo, because Taj Mahal had been booked as the opening act. At some point... we were hustled into the limousines again and driven to an undisclosed location in midtown Manhattan. Speculation was rampant, but no one seemed to know where we were going. We went deep into an underground garage in midtown, maybe six floors down, to a giant set of doors like a hotel entrance, which led to big elevators, and we were swept up to a floor that included a giant room full of grand pianos and the most swank dressing rooms I ever saw--showers and fresh fruit and flowers. We were told then that we were in Avery Fisher Hall, in Lincoln Center, and there's where we performed that day, to an audience of nearly 4,000 of the rowdiest, most stoned New Yorkers I ever saw. It was the first gig I ever played with an electric bass, and I think it must have been Tom's first time on an electronic keyboard (he was strictly a piano-man in those days). It was also the largest stage we had ever been on, and we faced the most unruly crowd either of us had ever performed for. I'm sure neither of us will ever forget it!" (Source: Ken Langford, 2005. Email conversations with Bob Webb. July 22, 2004)

Frank Zappa gig list (Charles Ulrich, 2005). KL2005 (verified in an email from Bob Webb. July 22, 2004)
Nov. 23, '73 Massey Hall. Toronto/ Canada. Early show and late show. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Frank Zappa gig list (Charles Ulrich, 2005). KL2005 (verified in an email from Bob Webb. July 22, 2004)
Nov. 24, '73 London Arena. London/ Canada. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Frank Zappa gig list (Charles Ulrich, 2005). KL2005 (verified in an email from Bob Webb. July 22, 2004)
Nov. 25, '73 London Arena, London/ Canada. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Date disputed by other sources Not verified
Nov. 27, '73 Civic Theater. Akron/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Not verified
Nov. 28, '73 Ashland College, Myers Convocation Center. Ohio/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Ashland College poster as shown below. Frank Zappa gig list (Charles Ulrich, 2005)
Poster for the Ashland College show. November 28, 1973
Nov. 30, '73

Costello Gymnasium: Lowell Technical Institute. Lowell/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Bob Webb: "On November 29th we flew to Boston. I don't specifically recall doing a gig there, though we must have gone there for a reason" (Source: Ken Langford, 2005. Email conversations with Bob Webb. July 22, 2004).

KL2009. The Text student newspaper (Bob Baumann)
Dec. 1, '73 Suny. Stony Brook/ USA. Opening (with Kathy) for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Frank Zappa gig list (Charles Ulrich, 2005). KL2005 (verified in an email from Bob Webb. July 22, 2004)
Dec. 2, '73

Southeastern Massachusetts University. North Dartmouth/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention

Chris Hayward (1973): "Tom Waits opened Sunday night's concert with Beret and Bass player. With or without a cigarette in his mouth his lyrics were unclear, his voice raspy and disintegrating amid the gym's echoes. I saw nothing special in his music but felt that he suffered somewhat from playing on a high stage to a large audience. In a close, small concert with clear acoustics he probably shows as a fine entertainer, being easy and intimate with the audience" (Source: KeyNote review. December 2, 1973)

KL2005. Advert as shown below
Advert promoting the December 2nd show
Dec. 11, '73 Roxy Theatre. Los Angeles/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Disputed by other sources (saying John Kaye opened in stead of Tom Waits). Waits and Bob Webb flew from Boston to LAX on December 3, 1973. Bob's tour participation ended here, and in all probability so did Tom's (Source: Ken Langford, 2005. Email conversations with Bob Webb. July 22, 2004) KL2005
Dec. 12, '73 Roxy Theatre. Los Angeles/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Disputed by other sources (saying John Kaye opened in stead of Tom Waits) KL2005

End second tour promoting Closing Time
November 1973 - December 1973

Unidentified/ unverified shows 1973:
Date unknown (1973). Venue unknown. Detroit/ USA
Date unknown (1973). Venue unknown. Philadelphia/ USA
Date unknown (1973). Venue unknown. Nashville/ USA (Bob Webb, 2005)
Date unknown (1973). Venue unknown. Georgetown/ USA (Opening for Tom Rush)
Date unknown (1973). Venue unknown. Seattle/ USA (Opening for Zappa)

1974

DATE VENUE/ LOCATION VERIFICATION
Jan. 11, '74 Folk Arts Rare Records. San Diego/ USA. Early show and late show with Bob Webb Recorded. KL2005 (verified in the San Diego Reader, 1974)
Listing from the San Diego reader mentioning the January 11th show. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan

Start third tour promoting Closing Time
February 1974 - September 1974
(opening for Frank Zappa).
Tom Waits solo: vocals, acoustic guitar, piano.

Feb. 15, '74 Venue unknown. Sacramento/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Not verified
Feb. 16, '74 Community Theatre, Berkley/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Not verified
Feb. 17, '74 Robertson Gymnasium, Santa Barbara/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Not verified
Feb. 18. '74 Ebbet's Field. Denver/ USA. Opening for Roger McGuinn KL2005 (verified in the Colorado Daily newspaper, 1974)
Feb. 19. '74 Ebbet's Field. Denver/ USA. Opening for Roger McGuinn KL2005 (verified in the Colorado Daily newspaper, 1974)
Feb. 20-24. '74 Ebbet's Field. Denver/ USA. Opening for Jerry Jeff Walker KL2005 (verified in the Colorado Daily newspaper, 1974)
Tom Waits at Ebbet's Field. Denver/ USA. Date: February 1974. Source: Colorado Daily February, 1974. Credits: photography unknown. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Mar. 1, '74 Fox Theatre, Atlanta/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Not verified
Mar. 2, '74 Venue unknown. Memphis/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Not verified
Mar. 3, '74 Venue unknown. Oklahoma City/ USA. Opening (with Johnny Barnett?) for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Not verified
Mar. 5, '74 Convention Center, Dallas/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Not verified
Mar. 8, '74 Soldiers And Sailors Memorial Hall, Kansas City/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Not verified
Mar. 9, '74 Travel And Transport Building, Oklahoma City/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Not verified
Mar. 14, '74 Agrodome, Vancouver/ Canada. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Not verified
Mar. 15, '74 Paramount Theatre, Seattle/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Not verified
Mar. 16, '74 Paramount Northwest Theatre, Portland/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Not verified
Mar. 18, '74 The Terrace, Salt Lake City/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention KL2009 (verified in The Salt Lake Tribune, 1974)
Mar. 19, '74 Venue unknown. Boise/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Not verified
Mar. 21, '74 Venue unknown. Colorado Springs/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Not verified
Mar. 22, '74 Blue Ridge Music. Encinitas/ USA. Early show and late show. With The Pendleton Pickers KL2005 (verified in the San Diego Reader, 1974)
Listing from the San Diego reader mentioning the March 22nd show. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Apr. 21, '74 San Diego Folk Festival. San Diego/ USA. Also lists as "April 19, 1974". Recorded
Source: San Diego's Weekly (USA) Vol. 3 No. 27 July 18 to July 24, 1974. Date: San Diego Folk Festival, April 1974. Credits: photography unknown
Apr. 24, '74 8th San Diego State Folk Festival. Montezuma Hall, San Diego State University. San Diego/ USA. "The correct dates for the festival are April 24 - 28, 1974, and Tom played on Wednesday, the first day, at Montezuma Hall. The complete lineup for this one evening was Sam Hinton, John Bosley, Tom Waits, The San Diego Blues Busters, Bruce Reid, the Summerdog Bluegrass Band, and Patty Hall. Tom performed only 3 songs: The Ghosts of Saturday Night, Lookin For The Heart of Saturday Night, and one other. Most artists who went on early were supposed to play only one song, but Tom stretched it to two by doing a medley, and was then brought back for an encore." (Source: Ken Langford, 2005. From an interview from KPFK, 7/23/74) KL2005 (verified in the San Diego Reader april 23, 1974)
Apr. 27, '74 8th San Diego State Folk Festival: "Casa Real": San Diego State University. San Diego/ USA. "Tom participated in a "Spicy Stories" workshop, telling jokes. No music was performed. Verified in the San Diego Reader." (Source: Ken Langford, 2005) KL2005 (verified in the San Diego Reader, 1974)
Apr. 28, '74 Ferris State College. Big Rapids/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Not verified
Apr. 29, '74 Civic Centre. Trenton/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Not verified
May, '74 Venue unknown. Indianapolis/ USA Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Not verified
May 1, '74 Broome Country Arena, Binghamton/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Not verified
May 3, '74 Hobart College, Geneva/ USA Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Not verified
May 6, '74 UMBC Gymnasium. Baltimore/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Not verified
May 7, '74 Civic Center. Louisville/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Not verified
May 8, '74 Edinboro State College. Edinboro/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Not verified
May 11, '74 Auditorium Theatre. Chicago/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Not verified
May 12, '74 Duke University. Durham/ USA Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Not verified

Studio recordings for The Heart Of Saturday Night
May 13, 1974 - May 22, 1974
(Wally Heider Recording. Hollywood/ USA)

May 28-31, '74 The Ice House. 24 North Mentor. Pasadena, CA/ USA. Waits is last on the bill behind McAndrews & Gino, and headliner Tim Morgon KL2007 (verified in the Pasadena Star-News)
Jun. 1-2, '74 The Ice House. 24 North Mentor. Pasadena, CA/ USA. Waits is last on the bill behind McAndrews & Gino, and headliner Tim Morgon KL2007 (verified in the Pasadena Star-News)
Jun. 5, '74 Blue Ridge Music. Encinitas/ USA. With Bob Simpson KL2005 (verified in the San Diego Reader, 1974)
Listing from the San Diego reader mentioning the Blue Ridge Music show. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Jun. 17-19, '74 Ebbet's Field. Denver/ USA. Opening for John Stewart KL2005 (verified in the Straight Creek Journal, 1974)
Ad from the Straight Creek Journal mentioning the Ebbet's Field shows. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Jun. 20-22, '74 Ebbet's Field. Denver/ USA. Opening for Elvin Bishop. One of the Ebbet's Field shows aired on KDHT 95.5 radio in Denver. KL2005 (verified in the Straight Creek Journal, 1974). Recorded
Jun. 28, '74 Hilton Hotel. Quebec City/ Canada. Early show and late show. Opening (with Maneige) for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Frank Zappa gig list (Charles Ulrich, 2005). KPFK interview July 23, 1974
Jun. 29, '74 Place De Nations. Montreal/ Canada. Opening (with Maneige) for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Frank Zappa gig list (Charles Ulrich, 2005). KPFK interview July 23, 1974
Jul. 1, '74 Civic Center Arena. Ottawa/ Canada. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Frank Zappa gig list (Charles Ulrich, 2005). KPFK interview July 23, 1974
Jul. 2, '74 Cobo Hall. Detroit/ USA. Opening (with Frampton's Camel) for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Frank Zappa gig list (Charles Ulrich, 2005). KL2005 (verified in Detroit Free Press, 1974). KPFK interview July 23, 1974
Ad from Detroit free Press, mentioning the Cobo Hall show. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Jul. 3, '74 Illinois State University. Bloomington, Normal/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Frank Zappa gig list (Charles Ulrich, 2005). KPFK interview July 23, 1974
Magazine ad from Vidette June 25, 1974, promoting the July 3rd show. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Jul. 5, '74 Ambassador Theatre. St. Louis/ USA. Early show and late show. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention (after Bruce Springsteen canceled) Frank Zappa gig list (Charles Ulrich, 2005). Verified on Brucebase website. KPFK interview July 23, 1974
Jul. 6, '74 Robinson Memorial Auditorium. Little Rock/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Not verified
Jul. 7, '74 Curtis Hixon Hall. Tampa/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Not verified
Jul. 8, '74 Ellis Auditorium. Memphis/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention KPFK interview July 23, 1974
Jul. 9, '74 Auditorium North Hall. Memphis/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention KL2009 (ticket stub)
Jul. 10, '74 Municipal Auditorium. Mobile/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention KPFK interview July 23, 1974
Jul. 12, '74 Jai Alai Fronton. Miami/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Frank Zappa gig list (Charles Ulrich, 2005). KPFK interview July 23, 1974
Jul. 13, '74 Bayfront Center Arena. St. Petersburg/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Frank Zappa gig list (Charles Ulrich, 2005). KPFK interview July 23, 1974
Jul. 14, '74 University Of Alabama (Foster Auditorium). Tuscaloosa/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention KPFK interview July 23, 1974
Jul. 15, '74 St. Bernard Civic Auditorium. New Orleans/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention KPFK interview July 23, 1974
Jul. 17, '74 Celebrity Theatre. Phoenix/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention KPFK interview July 23, 1974
Jul. 19-21, '74 Circle Star Theatre. San Carlos/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Frank Zappa gig list (Charles Ulrich, 2005). KPFK interview July 23, 1974
Jul. 23, '74 Radio appearance for "Folk scene with Howard and Roz Larman: KPFK-FM 90.7". Los Angeles/ USA. Also lists as June 10, 1974 Recorded. Transcript
Aug. 6-7, '74 TV appearance for "KCET TV", Los Angeles/ USA Not verified
Aug. 8, '74 Shrine Auditorium. Los Angeles/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Not verified
Aug. 9, '74 McCabe's Guitar Shop. Santa Monica/ USA. Early show and late show. Opening for Holly Near KL2005 (verified in the L.A. Free Press & the L.A. Times, 1974)
Listing from the L.A. Free Press mentioning the August 9th show. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Aug. 10, '74 McCabe's Guitar Shop. Santa Monica/ USA. Early show and late show. Opening for Holly Near KL2005 (verified in the L.A. Free Press & the L.A. Times, 1974)
Aug. 11, '74

Golden Hall. San Diego/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Very hostile crowd.

Jay Allen Sanford (2007): "When famous former neighbor Zappa returned to San Diego with his inventive Mothers, the audience was admitted while the band performed a sound check, apparently with faulty equipment. Zappa apologized for the poor sound during "Uncle Meat," "Pygmy Twylyte," "Cosmik Debris," and "Help, I'm a Rock" before concluding, "That seems to be as good as it gets." Opening act Tom Waits then took the stage with his piano. Waits performed "San Diego Serenade," along with a few other songs and an extended monologue -- boos were heard, and one audience member yelled, "Somebody shoot that fucker." Waits showed up onstage again during Zappa's set, telling his "12-inch man" joke while the Mothers played "Ol' 55." The Mothers that night included drummer Chester Thompson, who'd later play with Genesis. Three of the songs performed were unreleased at the time: "Inca Roads," "T'Mershi Duween," and "Dupree's Paradise." After the show -- captured on the bootleg LP Golden Debris -- the duo visited Waits's old job site, Napoleone's Pizza in National City, where Zappa was so impressed by the jukebox selection that he mentioned it glowingly in a subsequent interview. He told Zappa fanzine City of Tiny Lights (published out of North County), "It's a good thing I didn't know about that pizza, or that jukebox, or I might have never left San Diego." (Source: "Best San Diego Jams" by Jay Allen Sanford. San Diego Reader. October 4, 2007)

Michael C. Ford (2007): "He was so heckled and so beleagured by the rudeness of the audience that he didn't show up the next night. He just lowered the lid on the piano and went home" (Source: Michael C. Ford interview March 21, 2007 as quoted in “Lowside Of The Road: A Life Of Tom Waits" by Barney Hoskyns. Faber/ Broadway, 2009)

Frank Zappa gig list (Charles Ulrich, 2005)
Aug. 16-17, '74 Civic Auditorium. Santa Monica/ USA Not verified
Aug. 18, '74 Venue unknown. Los Angeles/ USA. Opening for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Not verified
Aug. 23-24, '74 Folk Arts. San Diego/ USA. With John Bosley KL2005 (verified in the San Diego Reader, 1974)
Listing from the San Diego Reader mentioning the Folk Arts shows. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Aug. 29, '74 Celebrity Theater. Phoenix/ USA. With the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band. "A local review noted, "Apparently the word was out that the group wasn't what it was cracked up to be. Less than 700 showed up for the concert."" (Source: The Poco Live Concert Data Base And Archives. Jerry Fuentes, 2005) The Poco Live Concert Data Base And Archives (Jerry Fuentes, 2005)
Sep. 6-7, '74 Celebrity Theater. Phoenix/ USA. Opening for John Stewart KL2005 (verified by unidentified poster)
Unidentified poster promoting the Celebrity Theater shows. Thanks to Thomas Bonn for donating scan

End third tour promoting Closing Time
February 1974 - September 1974

Sep. 7, '74 Television appearance for syndicated talk show "Speakeasy". Hosted by Chip Monck. Venue unknown (Ol' '55, Ghosts Of Saturday Night) TWM2004

Start first tour promoting The Heart Of Saturday Night
October 1974 - December 1974
(album released: October, 1974).
Tom Waits solo: vocals, acoustic guitar, piano.

Oct. 8, '74 Ebbet's Field. Denver/ USA (also lists as October 18, 1974). "Tom headlined on the 8th & 9th, and warmed up for John Stewart from the 10th through the 13th. Tom sat down at the piano with a rumpled piece of paper of a song that he obviously had just written which turned out to be an early version of Nighthawk Postcards which was filled with local references" (Source: Ken Langford, 2005. Straight Creek Journal. October 8-14, 1974 edition) TWM2004. KL2005 (verified in Straight Creek Journal. October 8-14, 1974 edition)
Listing from Straight Creek Journal October 8-14, mentioning the Ebbet's Field shows. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Oct. 9-13, '74 Ebbet's Field. Denver/ USA. Opening for John Stewart KL2005 (verified in Straight Creek Journal. October 8-14, 1974 edition)
Oct. 24-27, '74 The Main Point. Bryn Mawr, PA/ USA. This was Waits' first time headlining at the Main Point. The warmup was Emmet Robinson KL2006 (verified in the Lancaster Independent Press, 1974 and the Main Point archive)
Oct. 27, '74 Radio appearance for "Gene Shay Show: WMMR radio". Philadelphia/ USA Recorded
Nov. 6, '74 Passim. Boston/ USA. Early show and late show. Opening for Ellen McIlwaine KL2005 (verified in the Boston Phoenix, 1974)
Nov. 8, '74 Passim. Boston/ USA. Early show and late show. Opening for Ellen McIlwaine KL2005 (verified in the Boston Phoenix, 1974)
Nov. 9, '74 Orpheum Theatre. Boston/ USA. Early show and late show. Waits sat in (but was not opening act = Wet Willie) for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Frank Zappa gig list (Charles Ulrich, 2005). Recorded
Nov. 9-10, '74 Passim. Boston/ USA. Early show and late show. Opening for Ellen McIlwaine KL2005 (verified in the Boston Phoenix, 1974)
Ad from the Boston Phoenix. November 5, 1974, promoting the Passim shows. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Nov. 14-17, '74 The Great South East Music Hall & Emporium. Atlanta/ USA. Early show and late show. Opening for comedian Robert Klein KL2005 (verified in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 1974)
Ad from the Atlanta Journal promoting the Music Hall shows. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Nov. 19-21, '74 Bottom Line. New York/ USA. With Orleans KL2005 (verified in the Village Voice, 1974)
Ad from the Village Voice promoting the Bottom Line shows. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Nov. 22, '74 Folk Arts. San Diego/ USA. Early show and late show. With Bill Steele Not verified
Nov. 23, '74 Irvine Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia/ USA. Opening for for Maria Muldaur KL2005 (verified in the Philadelphia Inquirer)
Nov. 27 - Dec. 1, '74 Quiet Knight. Chicago/ USA. Early show and late show. Opening for Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee KL2005 (verified in the Chicago Tribune, 1974)
Listing mentioning the last 3 Quiet Knight shows. Chicago Tribune. November 29, 1974. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Dec. 3-5, '74

The Troubadour. Los Angeles/ USA. First engagement at this venue. Opening for Little Feat.

"...This has been an important night for Waits and he's not through with it yet. A couple of hours earlier, he had finished his first engagment at the Troubadour, and the songwriter/ poet singer/ actor had done well. Owner Doug Weston had just told him so in the alley as we were leaving. He wants Waits back soon" (Rolling Stone magazine, by Rich Wiseman. January 30, 1975).

KL2005 (verified in the L.A. Free Press, 1974. Rollong Stome magazine January 30 1975)
Listing from the L.A. Free Press mentioning the Troubadour shows. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Dec. 6-7, '74 The Whole Coffeehouse, University Of Minnesota. Minneapolis/ USA. Joyce Everson warmed up for Waits at this campus coffeehouse KL2005 (verified in the Minnesota Daily)
Ad from the Minnesota Daily promoting the Whole Coffeehouse shows. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan

End first tour promoting The Heart Of Saturday Night
October 1974 - December 1974

Unidentified shows 1974:
Date unknown (1974). Fox Venice Theatre. Venice/ USA
Date unknown (1974). Opryland. Nashville/ USA
Date unknown (1974). Castle Creek. Austin/ USA
Date unknown (July/ August 1974): Venue unknown. Redlands/ USA
Date unknown (1974): Balconny Hall. Scottsdale/ USA. Opening for John Hammond (Downbeat Magazine, February 1975. Phoenix New Times, April 5, 2001)
Date unknown (November/ December, 1974): Stables Club: East Lansing, Michigan/ USA. Opening for for Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

1975

DATE VENUE/ LOCATION VERIFICATION
Jan. 12, '75 Radio appearance for "Folk scene with Howard and Roz Larman: KPFK-FM 90.7". Los Angeles/ USA. Also lists as February 13, 1975 Recorded

Start second tour promoting The Heart Of Saturday Night
January 1975 - September 1975
(album released: October, 1974).
Tom Waits solo: vocals, acoustic guitar, piano.

Jan. 31, '75 McCabe's Guitar Shop, Santa Monica/ USA. Opened by Wendy Waldman TWM2004. KL2005 (verified in the L.A. Free Press, 1975)
Feb. 1, '75 McCabe's Guitar Shop, Santa Monica/ USA. Opened by Wendy Waldman KL2005 (verified in the L.A. Free Press)
McCabe's Guitar Shop & Concert Hall. Also printed in the CD booklet for "Tom Waits - Used Songs", 2001. Date: Santa Monica/ USA. February 1, 1975. Credits: photography by Sherry Rayn-Barnett/ Michael Ochs archives
Feb. 4-9, '75 The Boarding House. San Francisco/ USA. Opening for the Flying Burrito Brothers KL2005 (verified in the San Francisco Chronicle, 1975)
Ad from the San Francisco Chronicle promoting the Boarding House shows. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Feb. 13, '75 The Arlington Theatre. Santa Barbara/ USA KL2005 (verified in the Santa Barbara News and Review, 1975)
Display ad promoting the February 13th show, Santa Barbara News and Revue. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Feb. 14, '75 Fox Venice Theatre. Venice/ USA. Early show and late show. Opening for Bonnie Raitt KL2005 (verified in the L.A. Free Press, 1975)
Listing from L.A. Free Press mentioning the Fox Venice Theatre show. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Feb. 18, '75 Ebbet's Field. Denver/ USA. Opening for Gene Clark. "Tom kept dedicating songs to a guy in the front row who was passed out leaning against the person next to him. He was Solo playing either guitar or piano. He did almost a monologue between songs which were laced with references to Denver's skid row which was only a few blocks away." KL2005 (verified in the Straight Creek Journal)
Feb. 19, '75 Ebbet's Field. Denver/ USA. Opening for Gene Clark Recorded. KL2005 (verified in the Straight Creek Journal, 1975)
Feb. 20-23, '75 Ebbet's Field. Denver/ USA. Opening for Gene Clark KL2005 (verified in the Straight Creek Journal, 1975)
Mar. 7, '75 Benson Center, Santa Clara University. Santa Clara/ USA. Opening for John Stewart. Photos from the show were published in the college yearbook KL2005 (verified in The Santa Clara, 1975)
Poster promoting the March 7th show. Originally Santa Clara University archives. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Mar. 10-11, '75 Euphoria Tavern. Portland, Oregon/ USA. KL2009 (verified in the Willamette Week newspaper). Recorded.
Mar. 14-15, '75 Balcony Hall. Scottsdale, Arizona/ USA. Warming up for guitarist Jerry Riopelle. Early show and late show both nights KL2007 (verified in the Scottsdale Daily Progress)
Mar. 26-30, '75 The Boarding House. San Francisco/ USA. Early show and late show. Opening for Melissa Manchester KL2005 (verified in the San Francisco Chronicle, 1975)
Ad from San Francisco Chronicle promoting the Boarding House show. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Apr. 7, '75 El Mocambo. Toronto/ Canada. Opening for The Good Brothers(a local country & western band) KL2005 (verified in the Toronto Star, 1975). Mentioned in WMMR Radio, April 21, 1975.
Apr. 8-12, '75 El Mocambo. Toronto/ Canada. Opening for The Good Brothers KL2005 (verified in the Toronto Star, 1975)
Apr. 15, '75 The Cellar Door. Washington DC/ USA. Early show and late show. With Chris Smithers KL2005 (verified in the Washington Post, 1975). Mentioned in WMMR Radio, April 21, 1975.
Apr. 16-18, '75 The Cellar Door. Washington DC/ USA. Early show and late show. With Chris Smithers KL2005 (verified in the Washington Post, 1975)
Ad from the Washington Post April 11, 1975 promoting the Cellar Door shows. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Apr. 18, '75 Radio appearance (Interview and 4 live songs) for: "WAMU-FM Radio Station". Washington/ USA.

Tom Waits: "You have to use your imagination a bit and it (spoken word) works better in some clubs than it does in others - when it's quiet up there I can usually get away with murder - so I like playing the Cellar Door, cause I can do just about anything I want up there, I can stretch out, improvise, do things, tell stories I've never told before, make something up. It's a club where you can experiment. I like that about it." (Source: WAMU Radio Interview. Date: Washington, DC. April 18, 1975)

Tom Waits: "I get tired of playing when I'm playing like at the El Mocambo club in Toronto, like a steak house or a barbecue pit. When it's just a dragged week. But a week at the Cellar Door perks up your spirits quite a bit. It's a very good club and they enforce the fact that it is a listening club, in fact they even got it on a little card that sits on the table that says, "Quiet please". Only club I've ever played where they have that." (Source: WAMU Radio Interview. Date: Washington, DC. April 18, 1975)

Recorded. Transcript
Apr. 19-20, '75 The Cellar Door. Washington DC/ USA. Early show and late show. With Chris Smithers KL2005 (verified in the Washington Post, 1975)
Apr. 21, '75 Radio appearance (interview) for "WMMR-FM Radio w. Michael Tearson". Philadelphia/ USA Recorded. Transcript
Apr. 22, '75 Bottom Line. New York/ USA. Opening for Peter Bergman & Phil Proctor of the Firesign Theatre Recorded. KL2005 (Verified in the New York Times, listed in Rolling Stone, 1975)
Apr. 23, '75 Bottom Line. New York/ USA. Opening for Peter Bergman & Phil Proctor of the Firesign Theatre KL2005 (Verified in the New York Times, listed in Rolling Stone, 1975)
Ad from Rolling Stone promoting the Bottom Line shows. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Apr. 24-27, '75 The Main Point. Bryn Mawr/ USA. Three shows each night. Show opened by Danny O'Keefe KL2005 (Verified in Lanchaster Independent Press, 1975. Also listed in Rolling Stone, 1975 and the Main Point archive). Mentioned in WMMR Radio, April 21, 1975.
Apr. 28-30, '75 The Great South East Music Hall & Emporium. Atlanta/ USA. Early show and late show. Opening for Mickey Newbury KL2005 (verified in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 1975. Also listed in Rolling Stone, 1975)
May 1-3, '75 The Great South East Music Hall & Emporium. Atlanta/ USA. Early show and late show. Opening for comedian Steve Martin KL2005 (verified in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 1975)
Ad from Rolling Stone promoting the South East Music Hall shows. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
May 15-18, '75 Passims Coffeeshop. Cambridge/ USA. Show opened by Mirabai KL2005 (verified in the Boston Phoenix, 1975)
Ad from the Boston Phoenix promoting the Passims shows. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
May 21-24, '75 Bijou Cafe. Philadelphia/ USA. Show opened by John Stewart KL2005 (verified in the Philadelphia Inquirer, 1975)
Ad from the Philadelphia Inquirer May 18, 1975 promoting the Bijou Café shows. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
May 30-31, '75 The Whole Coffeehouse, University Of Minnesota. Minneapolis/ USA. Opened by Barb With KL2005 (verified in the Minnesota Daily, 1975)
Ad from the Minnesoata Daily promoting the Whole Coffeehouse shows. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Jun. 3, '75 Castle Creek. Austin/ USA. Solo show KL2007 (verified in the Daily Texan student newspaper from the University of Texas Austin)
Jun. 4-7, '75 Castle Creek. Austin/ USA. Opening for Eric Anderson KL2005 (verified in the Austin edition of Buddy Magazine, 1975)
Ad from Buddy Magazine promoting the Castle Creek shows. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Jun. 13-15, '75 The Golden Bear. Huntington Beach/ USA. Opening for Batdorf and Rodney KL2005 (verified in the LA Free Press, 1975)
Listing from the L.A. Free Press mentioning the Golden Bear shows. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Jul. 25, '75 Radio appearance for "WMMR Radio", Philadelphia/ USA. The Main Point. Bryn Mawr/ USA. With Al Cohn on saxophone, Steve Gilmore on upright bass, Bill Goodwin on drums (introduced as Nocturnal Emissions during intro for Big Joe & Phantom 309) Recorded. Date not verified (probably April, 1975)
Jun. 28, '75 Tanglewood Lenox, Massachusetts/ USA. Opening for Stephen Stills. Ken Langford: "A review of the show suggests that the crowd of 8,500 was less than attentive to Tom's performance, and that there was an intermittent buzz in the PA system. The reviewer suggests that an outdoor venue such as this was less than ideal for a solo performer like Tom". KL2009 (verified in the Berkshire Eagle)

Live Recordings for the album Nighthawks At The Diner
July 30, 1975 - July 31, 1975

(The Record Plant/ Wally Heider Recording,.Hollywood/ USA)

Aug. 14, '75 The Troubadour. Los Angeles/ USA. Show opened by the Amazing Rhythm Aces. Ensemble: Teddy Edwards on sax, Jim Hughart on bass, Jim Gordon on percussion, and Mike Melvoin on keyboards KL2005 (verified in the LA Free Press, 1975)
Aug. 15-17, '75 The Troubadour. Los Angeles/ USA. Show opened by the Amazing Rhythm Aces KL2005 (verified in the LA Free Press, 1975)
Aug. 18, '75 Red Rocks Ampitheatre. Morrison/ USA. "This show was promoted in the newspaper as The Eagles with Dan Fogelberg warming up. While Tom was not billed to appear, there can be little doubt that he was there. Several first hand anecdotes from attendees, and a listing in the Red Rocks history verify that he appeared at least one night. Unfortunately Tom was booed off the stage before he could do a whole set, presumably because the Eagles fans were more accustomed to sweet than dour. The headliners were not pleased, and made a big point of emphasizing the identity of the composer of 'Ol 55 when the time came. The Eagles dates are verified in the Straight Creek Journal." (Source: Ken Langford, 2005) KL2005
Aug. 19, '75 Red Rocks Ampitheatre. Morrison/ USA KL2005
Aug. 30, '75 Hearst Greek Theatre, University of California Berkeley. Berkeley/ USA. "Tom opened for Judy Collins in a rare (for him) outdoor performance. Verified in Billboard magazine: "Tom Waits, with his dark rumpled suit and dark rumpled stories, was quite definitely out of his element in the brilliant afternoon sunshine, although he did take the occasion to offer some of his new work, which had every bit of the idiosyncratic genius of his previous stuff." (Source: Ken Langford, 2005) KL2005 (verified in Billboard magazine, 1975)
Sep. 5-7, '75 The Cellar Door. Washington, D.C./ USA KL2005 (verified in the Washington Post, 1975)
Ad from the Washington Post September 1, 1975 promoting the Cellar Door shows. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Sep. 10-11, '75 Shaboo Inn. Willimantic/ USA. Opening for Batdorf Rodney KL2005 (verified in "The Hartford Advocate" newspaper, 1975)
Ad from the Hartford Advocate promoting the Shaboo shows. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Sep. 16-20, '75

Paradise Room at the Reno Sweeney. New York/ USA. Joined by Al Cohn on tenor saxophone. With Beverly Bremers.

Barney Hoskyns (2009): “Waits had a mild freakout at Reno Sweeney's when he formed the impression that the venue was a gay club. Unequivocally some would say almost gruffly heterosexual, Waits wanted to pull out of the engagement. "Tom wasn't homophobic but he thought it wasn't going to be his audience," [drummer Bill] Goodwin chuckles. "Herbie [manager Herb Cohen] called me and said, 'You gotta talk to him.' So I called him and said we had to do the gig." It's unclear whether the sight of Barry Manilow and his mother in the front row one night allayed or confirmed Waits' fears about the club's orienta¬tion. Manilow had been urged to see Waits by Bette Midler, for whom he'd played piano in the heady days when she'd enter¬tained the debauched patrons of Manhattan's Continental Baths. Writer David McGee, who'd befriended Waits in New York the previous year meeting up with him to hang out and play pool when he was in town recalls his despondency over the Reno Sweeney's shows. "It was a true nightmare for Tom," McGee says. "And I think the decision he later took to break away from the status quo in the music business and in his career was forged in the misery of that nightmare.'" (Source: "Lowside Of The Road: A Life Of Tom Waits" by Barney Hoskyns. Faber/ Broadway, 2009)

KL2005 (verified in the Village Voice, 1975). Mentioned in Melody Maker. October 4, 1975.
Ad from the Village Voice promoting the Paradise Room shows. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Sep. 21, '75 Academy Of Music. Philadelphia/ USA. Opening for Fairport Convention KL2005 (verified in the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Lancaster Independent Press, 1975)
Sep. 25-28, '75 The Main Point. Bryn Mawr/ USA. Show opened by Garland Jeffreys (benefit concerts for The Main Point) KL2005 (verified in Philadelphia Inquirer & Lanchaster Independent Press, 1975 and the Main Point archives)
From "Getting To The Point" cover story by Mary Armstrong for Philadelphia City Paper . October 17-23, 2003. "Tom Waits hangs out in the lobby of The Main Point" Bryn Mawr. Date: September, 1975. Credits: photography unknown. Jeanette Campbell (2003): "The club was so well-loved among artists that when there was a bit of financial difficulty, Tom Rush, Joni Mitchell, Dave Van Ronk and Tom Waits all volunteered to perform in a benefit concert and straightened it right out."

End second tour promoting The Heart Of Saturday Night
January 1975 - September 1975

Start tour promoting Nighthawks At The Diner
October 1975 - June 1976
(album released: October, 1975).
Tom Waits: vocals, acoustic guitar, piano. Frank Vicari: tenor saxophone. Dr. Fitz(gerald) Jenkins: upright bass. Chip White: drums.

Oct. 2, '75 Paramount Theatre. Portland/ USA. Opening for Bonnie Raitt Bonnie Raitt concert handbill as shown below
Concert handbill advertising the October 2nd Paramount show
Oct. 3, '75 Paramount Northwest. Seattle/ USA. Opening for Bonnie Raitt KL2009 (verified in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
Oct. 4, '75 Opera House. Spokane/ USA. Opening for Bonnie Raitt KL2005 (verified in Circus Magazine, 1975)
Oct. 7, '75 Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Vancouver/ Canada. Opening for Bonnie Raitt KL2005 (verified in the Georgia Straight newspaper, and listed in Circus Magazine & Rolling Stone., 1975)
Magazine ad promoting the October 7th show. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Oct. 8, '75 Western Washington University (Music Auditorium). Bellingham/ USA Opening for Bonnie Raitt Bonnie Raitt concert poster as shown below
Concert poster for the October 8th Music Auditorium show
Oct. 11, '75 Berkeley Community Theatre. Berkeley, USA. Opening for Bonnie Raitt KL2005 (verified in the San Francisco Chronicle, 1975)
Ad from the San Francisco Chronicle promoting the October11th show. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Oct. 17, '75 Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Santa Monica/ USA. Opening for Bonnie Raitt Bonnie Raitt concert ticket and posteras shown below
Poster and concert ticketfor the October 17th Civic Auditorium show
Oct. 18, '75 Crawford Hall, University Of California. Irvine/ USA. Opening for Bonnie Raitt KL2005 (verified in LA Times, 1975)
Oct. 19, '75 Back Door, Aztec Center SDU. San Diego/ USA. Early show and late show. With Phil Gross The Back Door flier as provided to Tom Waits Library by Phil Gross/ Dave Robinson, 2003. KL2005 (verified in the San Diego Reader, 1975)
Flier for the October Back Door shows
Oct. 21, '75 Celebrity Theatre. Phoenix/ USA. Opening for Bonnie Raitt Concert ticket as shown below. KL2005 (verified in the 11/6/75 issue of Rolling Stone. The Arizona Republic newspaper lists the date as Monday Oct. 20, '75)
Concert ticket for the October 21st Celebrity Theatre show
Oct. 24, '75 Austin Municipal Auditorium. Austin/ USA. Opening for Bonnie Raitt KL2005 (verified in the Austin edition of Buddy Magazine, 1975. Also listed in Rolling Stone, 1975)
Ad from Buddy Magazine promoting the October 24th show. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Oct. 25, '75 Texas Hall. Arlington/ USA. Opening for Bonnie Raitt Bonnie Raitt concert poster as shown below. Recorded. KL2005 (verified in the Dallas edition of Buddy Magazine & the Dallas Morning News, 1975. Also listed in Rolling Stone, 1975)
Concert poster for the October 25th Texas Hall show
Magazine ad promoting the October 25th show. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Oct. 26, '75 Music Hall. Houston/ USA. Opening for Bonnie Raitt KL2005 (listed in Rolling Stone, 1975)
Magazine ad promoting the October 26th show. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Oct. 27, '75 Lorrie Auditorium. San Antonio/ USA. Opening for Bonnie Raitt Not verified
Oct. 29, '75 Opryland. Nashville/ USA. Opening for Bonnie Raitt. Bonnie Raitt date from "Circular Magazine", a promotional flyer from Warner/ Reprise. Waits unverified KL2005
Nov. 1, '75 Radio appearance for "Earth News Radio with Lew Irwin" (venue unknown). Interview only. Aired November 1 and 2 Recorded
Nov. 1, '75 Hill Auditorium. Ann Arbour/ USA. Opening for Bonnie Raitt Not verified
Nov. 2, '75 Massey Hall. Toronto/ Canada. Opening for Bonnie Raitt. Waits joins her on the last song of her concert, "Sweet and Shiny Eyes" Recorded. KL2005 (verified in Toronto Star and Circular, 1975. Also listed in Rolling Stone, 1975)
Nov. 3, '75 Century Theatre. Buffalo/ USA. Opening for Bonnie Raitt: "A review in the Buffalo Evening News states "Raitt's loveliness more than counterbalanced the near mutiny that greeted a leadoff hour by a scruffy Los Angeles songwriter named Tom Waits". KL2009 (verified in Circular Magazine, Circus Magazine, Rolling Stone & the Buffalo Evening News)
Nov. 5, '75 Auditorium Theatre. Rochester, New York/ USA. Opening for Bonnie Raitt KL2007 (verified in the the Rochester Times-Union. Also listed in Circus, Circular Magazine and Rolling Stone)
Nov. 6, '75 Syracuse University, "Men's Gym". Syracuse, New York/ USA. A review for the show suggests that the crowd was hostile to Waits, and that it was therefore not a good show for him. Opening for Bonnie Raitt KL2007 (verified in Syracuse University's Daily Orange Newspaper. Also listed in Circus, Circular Magazine & Rolling Stone)
Nov. 7, '75 State University Of New York. Plattsburgh/ USA. Opening for Bonnie Raitt Not verified
Nov. 8, '75 Palace Theatre. Albany/ USA. Opening for Bonnie Raitt Not verified
Nov. 9, '75 Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall. New York/ USA. Opening for Bonnie Raitt KL2005 (verified in the Village Voice, Circus, Rolling Stone and Circular Magazine, 1975)
Magazine ad promoting the Lincoln Center show. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Nov. 12, '75 Music Hall. Boston/ USA. Opening for Bonnie Raitt Ticket stub as shown below. KL2005 (verified in the Boston Phoenix, Circus, Rolling Stone and Circular Magazine, 1975)
Ticket stub for Music Hall. Wednesday. November 12, 1975. (Bonnie Raitt and Tom Waits)
Magazine ad promoting the Music Hall show. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Nov. 14, '75 Capitol Theatre. Passaic/ USA. Opening for Poco KL2005 (verified in Village Voice, 1975)
Ad from the Village Voice November 10, 1975 promoting the Capitol Theatre show. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Nov. 15, '75 University Of Pennsylvania, Irvine Auditorium. Philadelphia/ USA. Opening for Bonnie Raitt KL2005 (verified in Philadelphia Inquirer, Lanchaster Independent Press, Rolling Stone & Circular Magazine, 1975)
Nov. 16, '75 DAR Constitution Hall. Washington/ USA. Opening for Bonnie Raitt (last date on the Bonnie Raitt tour) KL2005 (verified in the Washington Post, 1975. Aso listed in Circular Magazine & Rolling Stone, 1975 as a Bonnie date)
Nov. 18-22, '75 The Great South East Music Hall & Emporium. Atlanta/ USA. Early show and late show. Opening for Martin Mull. With Darryl Rhoades KL2005 (verified in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 1975)
Ad from the Atlanta Journal promoting the South East Music Hall shows. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Nov. 20, '75 State University. Statesboro/ USA Circus Magazine, 1975. Conflicting dates.
Dec. 2, '75 Ebbet's Field. Denver/ USA. Early show and late show. Opened by Maxine Sellers KL2005 (verified in the Straight Creek Journal, December 2-7, 1975 edition)
Dec. 3, '75 Radio appearance for "WMMS-FM: Coffee Break radio show w. Kid Leo". Cleveland/ USA. Aired April 14, 1976 Recorded. KL2005 (verified in The Plain Dealer, 1976). Transcript
Dec. 3-7, '75 Ebbet's Field. Denver/ USA. Early show and late show. Opened by Maxine Sellers KL2005 (verified in the Straight Creek Journal, December 2-7, 1975 edition. Rolling Stone, 1975)
Dec. 10, '75 Capitol Theatre. Salt Lake City, Utah/ USA. Opened by Tim Weisberg KL2007 (verified in the Daily Utah Chronicle, 1975)
Dec. 11, '75 Orpheum Theater. Madison, Wisconsin/ USA. Opening for Jerry Jeff Walker. KL2009 (verified in the Capital Times & the Wisconsin State Journal )
Dec. 14, '75 Guthrie Hall. Minneapolis/ USA KL2005 (Verified in the Minnesota Daily, 1975. Also listed in Circus Magazine & Rolling Stone, 1975)
Magazine ad promoting the Guthrie Hall show. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan
Dec. 16, '75 Radio appearance for "KQRS-FM, ASI Studios w. Dave Martin". Minneapolis/ USA Recorded
Dec. 17-21, '75 Quiet Knight. Chicago/ USA KL2005 (Verified in the Chicago Reader & the Chicago Tribune, 1975. Also listed in Rolling Stone, 1975)
Dec. 22, '75 Aired: TV concert appearance for "Soundstage", Chicago.PBS television show on Tom Waits and Mose Allison. Chicago/ USA (aired December 22, 1975, recorded November 3, 1975 or earlier). With Kenny Soderblum on alto sax and Jim Atlas on upright bass.

Jay S. Jacobs (2000): "He was invited to perform live on the PBS show Soundstage. Heightening the thrill factor for Waits was the knowledge that he would be sharing the bill with his Iong time idol Mose Allison. The segment's highlight is the opening number, Waits's dramatic a capella performance of "Eggs and Sausage." Wearing a ratty black sports coat, a loose tie, and a brown beret, he sits at the counter of a real diner, cigarette in hand. Around him we glimpse tired waitresses, bored patrons, sizzling burgers. His only musical accompaniment is the snapping of his fingers and the slapping of his leg. Finishing the tune, he turns to a waitress and asks for another cup of coffee." (Source: "Wild Years, The Music and Myth of Tom Waits". Jay S. Jacobs, ECW Press 2000)

Soundstage/ N.N. (2005): "According to my records, the show was taped in 1975. There is a date on the slate at the front of the show (of November 3, 1975), but that date could be the date the show was edited and not taped. Unfortunately there is no way for me to know the accuracy of the date. It was Soundstage show #208 with Tom Waits and Mose Allison." (Source: email conversation Soundstage/ Ken Langford, 2005)

Video tape screenshots as shown below. Recorded. KL2005
Screenshots from the Soundstage TV appearance. Thanks to Jaime Mayo for donating scans
Display ad from the Hartford Advocate December 1975, for a broadcast on local TV on December 22, 1975. Thanks to Ken Langford for donating scan

Unidentified shows 1975:
Date unknown (Jan./ Febr. 1975): Jupiter, Los Angeles/ USA
Date unknown (Jan./ Febr. 1975): Venue unknown. Minneapolis/ USA
Date unknown (Jan./ Febr. 1975): Venue unknown. Pittsburgh USA
Date unknown (late 1975). Craig Hospital. Denver/ USA
Date unknown (1975). Venue unknown. East Lansing/ USA
Date unknown (1975). The Exit Inn. Nashville/ USA
Date unknown: (early 1975). Lee Furr's Studios (KWFM radio) Tucson/ USA


* KLxxxx: researched by Ken Langford

Further reading

Time Line 1949-1975
Pictures 1949-1975
For setlists, please refer to The Dutch Dogs Site