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Stars turn out for rare Waits gig
Tom Waits on stage
Tom Waits is promoting his "cubist funk" album Real Gone
Actor Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton were among the stars at Tom Waits' first UK concert for 17 years.

The gravel-voiced US singer played at the Hammersmith Apollo in London on Tuesday in front of a sell-out crowd.

Tickets for the 3,000-capacity venue sold out in 20 minutes - some later appearing on eBay for more than 600.

Jazz singer Jamie Cullum, who was at the Apollo, said: "That was probably the greatest live concert I've ever been to. He is a master."

With the drawl and persona of a bar-room troubadour, Waits has been a cult favourite since appearing on the rock scene in the 1970s.

Movie work

He has won two Grammy awards - for best alternative music performance in 1992 and best contemporary folk album for Mule Variations in 1999.

He has also made acclaimed appearances in movies and moved into composing music for films.

Depp and Burton are filming their new version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Pinewood Studios, with Waits thought to be involved.

Folk singer Beth Orton and Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke were among the others in the crowd.


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