Tom Waits: Austin City Limits 1978


Thanks to my good friend Kyle, I had the chance to see Tom Waits at the Palace Theatre in Louisville, KY in 2006. Hands down one of the best live shows I have ever seen and something I will never forget. But forgive me, I’m just bragging.

In 1978, Waits appeared on Austin City Limits. Video of the show sometimes appears on PBS affiliates but to my knowledge, it has never been released in any sort of official capacity (lthough you can watch “Silent Night/Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis” at the Austin City Limits’ page for the show). But that doesn’t mean the concert hasn’t been widely distributed. Along with the 1973 Bob Marley set I posted the other day, this one was a show found on just about every tape trader’s list. At least any tape traders I would trade tapes with.

The night includes a classic setlist:

Summertime/Burma Shave
Annie's Back in Town/I Wish I Was in New Orleans
A Sweet Little Bullet From a Pretty Blue Gun
On the Nickel
Romeo is Bleeding
Silent Night/Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis
Small Change

  • Visit Tom Waits’ official website.

  • Purchase Tom Waits music on Amazon.