TOM WAITS INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK N ROLL HALL OF FAME BY NEIL YOUNG AT THE ‘HISTORIC’ WALDORF ASTORIA (does historic mean Stonehenge or something built fifty years ago?)
Now we here at LTW! snigger at the rock n roll hall of fame. It all looks a bit too corporate to us. It’s all a bit Hard Rock Cafe for us to have anything to do with rock n roll.
But it was great to see Tom Waits get a pat on the back and his genius recognised by whoever these people are…
Iconoclast Tom Waits was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame by Neil Young at the ceremony Monday night honouring his vast and storied musical career spanning four decades. Waits accepted this honour with humour and heart, stating:
“Thanks, everybody, this is very encouraging. Songs are really just interesting things to do with the air. I was fifteen when I snuck into a club to see Lightning Hopkins. I wore an overcoat, put white-out in my hair, drew on a moustache and said in a deep voice, “One ticket please.”Â I saw Lightning walk through a door in the back room that said, ”ËKeep Out!! This Room for ENTERTAINERS ONLY.’ At that moment, I realised I wanted to get into show business as soon as possible.”
“I am grateful to my wife and my collaborator Kathleen Brennan. She is the light that helps me find my way and to my kids who have taught me everything I know. Some day, I hope to hear, “Hey Mack, take the cuffs off him, I think he’s a Hall of Famer!”Â