Despite his bad-boy brawler image, Tom Waits is actually married with 3 children. He was also born in California, where he currently resides, though he has certainly done plenty of roaming in between.
Tom waits is actually relatively sober nowadays, although you might not think it from listening to several of his more rollicking ballads. Tom once said himself that he
‘tried to resolve a few things as far as this cocktail lounge, maudlin, crying-in-your-beer image that I have. There ain’t nothin’ funny about a drunk […] I was really starting to believe that there was something amusing and wonderfully American about being a drunk. I ended up telling myself to cut that shit out.’
Speaking of the lifestyle itself, Tom has said: ‘I was sick through that whole period […] It was starting to wear on me, all the touring. I’d been traveling quite a bit, living in hotels, eating bad food, drinking a lot too much. There’s a lifestyle that’s there before you arrive and you’re introduced to it. It’s unavoidable.’
Tom Waits met his wife Kathleen Brennan, on the set of Francis Ford Coppola’s movie, One From the Heart. Brennan was a screenwriter and in August of 1980 they were married. Kathleen is actually credited in the writing of many of the songs on Tom’s later albums and Tom refers to her as a major influence on much of his work.
Tom waits is known and loved for the extreme creativity he brings to his music. With many albums under his belt that could fairly be described as experimental, Waits has also branched out and left an impression on nearly every genre of music, including jazz, soul, blues, and rock. He remains a profilic artist and performer to this day, often touring the globe to sing his ballads and wow his audiences with over-the-top performances that sometimes include loudspeakers, bull-horns, ripped and shaken goose down pillows to name just a few of his on-stage antics.