Nope, it was not a tour that Tom Waits mysteriously teased in a series of cryptic emails to every music journalist in America over the last week. Nor was it a cruise, a new album, or an Internet webcast, as we'd rather imaginatively guessed would be announced today, Aug. 7.
Instead, it's a new, Matt Mahurin-directed music video for the Bad As Me standout "Hell Broke Luce," which features Marc Ribot and Keith Richards on guitar, Flea on bass, and Casey Waits on drums. "Kathleen and I envisioned it as an enlightened drill sergeant yelling the hard truths of war to a brand new batch of recruits," Waits explains in a brief accompanying statement. "The video grew from the gnawing image of a soldier pulling his home, through a battlefield, at the end of a rope. "I think you will agree, it's uplifting and fun."
"Uplifting and fun"? As you'll see from this powerful, bleak, and disturbing clip, that's yet more proof that Waits has a taste for sarcasm.
Here's the new video for "Hell Broke Luce," in which Mahurin and Waits imaginatively capture all the horrors of war implicit in the song -- certainly one of the darkest on Waits' new album -- and then some:
Now, if there's just some way we could convince this guy to go on tour...