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Tom Waits issues statement regarding his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Tom Waits, who this morning was officially confirmed as an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, released a statement regarding the news. The singer, 61, spent his formative musical years in early '70s Los Angeles; he lived in Echo Park and had a regular gig at the Troubadour. He will join Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Darlene Love, and Dr. John in Cleveland's musical mausoleum.

Said Waits: “I am still recovering from the news. I never really cared about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…but now I am surprised to discover how much I DO care.”

-- Randall Roberts

Video: YouTube clip of Tom Waits reading "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski. Posted by lenskid

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What an interesting combination of artists in this year's lineup. Good for the R'n'R HOF for showing such diversity.

WAITS is A GOD!!! Congrats Tom, if anyone deserved this honor it's you. You are one of the greatest song writters ever and a true legend. Now lets get Rush & Kiss in and keep the rappers out. I love rap & Hip-hop but that's not rock & roll. It's about time that dog & pony show called the rock & roll hall grew some brains! I guess my e-mailing the president and calling him ever name in the book worked. Long live King Waits.

Yeah, Tom deserves to be in the Rock Hall of Fame. He is the hardest of rockers....every album he's ever done is filled with rockin' tunes. Obviously a major influence to many rock bands including...????

He's the real deal. A true Poet. I hope I get to see him again. Now it looks like we'll see some epic stuff at the ceremony!! Congrats Tom!!!

God Bless Tom Waits!

Tom Waits is brilliant and unique. About as different as you can be than Neil Diamond, who was also named in this round.

Yay!!!!!! This is the best news I have read in a long time. Congratulations Tom Waits.

Well deserved Tom, come on back to the twin cities soon. I have been a fan since the early 70's.

"...Obviously a major influence to many rock bands including..."
The Ramones
Bruce Springsteen
Rod Stewart
The Pogues
Heath Ledger's performance as The Joker (not Rock and Roll, but close enough)

I still don t care about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, nor all the decorations that countries give to rock stars. Its a strange thing. Once upon a time these Rock Stars were anti establishment and now they are the establishment. Is it Goerge Orwels Amimal Farm come ture. The Pigs take over the Farm and then they move into the manner house and start to walk on 2 legs and dress like the masters once did. Only trouble with these Rock Stars is they have gone lame. No Dylan or Paul McCarthy, Rolling Stones etc have produced anything worth while in the past 30 years. Waits reads Bukowski admires the bum life. But only if your middel class do you admire that.

He deserves it! now about the multitude already in who really don't belong there...

Artistis Tom Waits has influenced -

He has written songs covered by Eagles, Rod Stewart, Norah Jones, Robert Plant/Alison Krauss. Primus thinks very highly of "Tommy the Cat". He has recorded with Keith Richards. I think this qualifies him as an influence to R&R and worthy of the Hall of Fame!

You go WAITS!

Hey Huckelberry - get a grip! The past 30 years has seen some very good music from some of the artists you are harshing on. Rolling Stone named Dylan as contributing several of the top albums of the 2000's - several! He is more an artist than anyone you could throw up on the stage. Waits is in his ballpark for sure.

Rebels "grow up" but they also grow out and expand. You can't just make a living as an artist trashing "the man"


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