Last night at the west coast’s Lagunitas Brewery the gravel-throated singer performed live for the first time in two years. Mavis Staples delivered a lusty rendition of her 1971 classic ‘Respect Yourself’ and was joined onstage by Waits, much to the delight of fans, one of whom shot this footage (have a butchers below).
Waits’ voice, once memorably described as sounding as if ‘…it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car’ does a fair job of keeping up with Mavis Staple’s bluesy R&B stylings.
The track was once, you’ll recall, covered by once-hirsute action star Bruce Willis and the Pointer Sisters. Completely un-ironically, as far as we can tell.
Last night’s performance at the Lagunitas brewery in San Francisco was one of vanishingly few opportunities to catch the singer onstage. In spite of this he’s still relevant; only earlier this month Rolling Stone reported the cast of smash hit HBO series Game Of Thrones were filmed singing an off-the-cuff rendition of Waits’ classic ‘I Hope That I Don’t Fall in Love With You’ during a lull in shooting.