Facebook R&B crooner Mario has been relatively quiet on the music front for…
- Posted on Jun 18th 2008 12:00PM by Steve Baltin
With a dazzling 'Eyeball Kid,' he switched to a sequined bowler that shone like a disco ball as he moved in a slow circle around the front of the stage. The Chaplin nod came during 'Chocolate Jesus,' as Waits dipped the bowler over his eyes and moved about the stage like Chaplin's most famous character, the Tramp.
In past years, Waits' shows have been marked by his exceptionally witty stage banter. And when Waits went to the piano in the middle of the two-hour set, unable to rely on his body language, he returned to the storyteller mode. His banter often centers on a theme, with last night's motif being Phoenix laws. This led to such outlandish laugh-out-loud statements as "You can't bring a lion to the movies in Baltimore ... but apparently you can in Phoenix." Waits also vowed to overturn a Phoenix law that says you can't take home an unfinished piece of pie from a diner.
Of course, the humor was juxtaposed with the poetic beauty of songs like 'Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis,' a sing-along version of 'Innocent When You Dream,' 'Get Behind the Mule' and 'Picture in a Frame.'
Before he left the stage, Waits -- who chose Phoenix as the opening city because, "It was either bring all of you to California or come here" -- let the city know how special it was. "You're the 'P' in P-E-H-D-T-S-C-K-J-M-B-A," he said, alluding to his YouTube press conference, in which he announced the tour. "Let's hear it for the 'P.'"