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Tom Waits Surprise Guests With Mavis Staples For His First Live Performance In Two Years [Videos]

Last night, renowned singer-songwriter Tom Waits marked his first live appearance in over two years when he joined Mavis Staples onstage at a Lagunitas Brewery location in California. The famously gravelly-voiced singer duetted with Mavis on The Staple Singers‘ 1972 Grammy-winning soul classic, “Respect Yourself. Until the sit-in with Staples, Waits had not given a live performance since he visited The Late Show in 2015 ahead of then-host David Letterman‘s departure from the show.

You can watch an assortment of crowd-shot videos from Tom Waits’ surprise guest appearance with Mavis Staples below:

Crowd-shot video via Facebook user Richard Zeno:

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While Waits’ appearance onstage was a rare occurrence for the 67-year-old singer, Staples has been ramping up her productivity in recent months. Last week, she announced the pending release of a brand new album co-written with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco (out November 17th), and shared the album’s first single, “If All I Was Was Black,” for which Tweedy added the music to Staples’ lyrics. That same day, Mavis also announced a full Fall Tour with the great Bob Dylan. The 20+ date national tour will begin in Southern California on October 13th, and wrap up on November 16th in Boston. For a full list of tour dates, head to Dylan’s website.

You can listen to Staples’ new single, “If All I Was Was Black,” below via Staples’ YouTube page:

Bob Dylan w/ Mavis Staples 2017 Fall Tour Dates

10/13 Harrah’s Resort SoCal – The Events Center @ Valley Center, CA
10/14 The Cosmopolitan Hotel – The Chelsea Theatre @ Las Vegas, NV
10/17 Eccles Theater @ Salt Lake City, UT
10/18 Eccles Theater @ Salt Lake City, UT
10/21 1st Bank Center @ Denver, CO
10/23 Century Link Center @ Omaha, NE
10/24 Stephens Auditorium @ Ames, IA
10/25 Xcel Energy Center @ St Paul, MN
10/27 Wintrust Arena @ Chicago, IL
10/28 Van Andel Arena @ Grand Rapids, MI
10/29 IU Auditorium @ Bloomington, IN
11/1 Fox Theater @ Detroit, MI
11/3 EJ Thomas Hall @ Akron, OH
11/5 Palace Theater @ Columbus, OH
11/6 Peterson Events Center @ Pittsburgh, PA
11/8 Nassau Coliseum @ Uniondale, NY
11/10 Coliseum @ Richmond, VA
11/11 Tower Theatre @ Philadelphia, PA
11/12 Tower Theatre @ Philadelphia, PA
11/14 The Anthem @ Washington, DC
11/16 Agannis Arena @ Boston, MA

[h/t – Consequence of Sound]